CATALYST 4 CHANGE aims to support community organisations, social enterprises, faith groups or businesses that have a significant African and Caribbean mental health / wellbeing service user base.
We do this by providing networking opportunities, capacity building, incubation support, representation & research; and access to a professional services directory.
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WHAT WE BELIEVE ..
At CATALYST 4 CHANGE we believe that African and Caribbean communities are holders of huge reserves of social capital, of assets and resources, skills and talents, knowledge and experience… yet much of this remains unknown and little understood or utilised by our public agencies.
We believe that a key route to change is in making better and more creative use of the African and Caribbean communities social capital; existing research, forging stronger productive partnerships between researchers/academics/theorists; community activists/experts and by experienced practitioners and mental health services in both the statutory and voluntary sector.
Adopting the role of ‘positive deviants’, we wish to avoid some of the familiar problems with addressing concerns related to the mental health experiences of African and Caribbean communities and the failure to synthesize evidence drawn from lived experience, good practice and practical expertise with theory and evidence from the research literature.