What we do.

CWTC continues to focus on the development of dementia, diabetes and mental health related services which will bring together key strands of our work to deliver a holistic and person centred approach for our client base.

The themes that being delivered are:

• supporting people through transferable skills, accredited courses, work placements, community dementia champions training, visits to places of interest
• arts for mental health & wellbeing through CWTC Wellbeing Cafe
• dementia and mental health awareness through service providers and events
development and translation of Urdu materials to support learning for South Asian communities.
• Established new Social Prescribing Programme.

The Wellbeing Café:

The Wellbeing Café is a dedicated resource within CWTC which provides skills development based on cultural sensitivity delivered through a partnership programme that extends its provision for people with dementia, physical and / or learning disabilities, mental health challenges, older people and carers. The overall aim is for participants is to take control of their own health and wellbeing supporting them to manage their long-term health conditions.

New Developments

• Ability to identify new opportunities eg Social Prescribing Programme. This is a new project at CWTC that was launched in July 2019 by the Rochdale Mayor.

Currently, meetings are taking place with GPs and referral organisations to signpost patients/local people to our weekly creative activities, wellbeing café, health awareness sessions, courses and work experience helping to reduce social isolation and improving mental and physical health.

CWTV Community Online Channel

• CWTC has launched its new CWTV Community Online Channel in August 2019 providing service providers and voluntary sector to promote training, health and wellbeing opportunities across borough, so that people can benefit from range of choices available.

Other services provided includes:

support, advocacy and structured activities delivered to build life skills for independent living by health and social services.
In addition, there are also opportunities for volunteering and mentoring /peer coaching. For example, CWTC operates a community wellbeing cafe which is run principally by
volunteers and provides a range of support activities such as providing coffee mornings, arts and crafts workshops and personal development training.

What has helped the community?
Project monitoring reports have identified the importance having available bilingual resources that are built into project delivery which is integral to making an impact within BAME communities.

Our feedback and evaluation have helped to:
• increase opportunities to socialise with peers
• improve individual self-awareness
• increased referral opportunities due to location into a voluntary sector hub
• create greater understanding of living with dementia within BAME communities
• be a place of contact advice and support
• increased the opportunity for community members to gain confidence and the ability to express themselves in a safe and friendly environment.

Partnership working
CWTC is now recognised as a key local organisation which supports BAME communities in Rochdale CWTC and is now a member of GM Dementia United, GM Faith Network and local partnership such as: GM Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS HMR Clinical Commissioning Group, Dementia United, Memory Clinic, Living Well, Diabetes, Ageing Well Partnership, Ambition4Ageing, etc.

The relocation of CWTC has enable us to improve and deliver a broader range of services in a safe and secure environment. We now have two new community spaces to deliver tailored activities from 25 to 120 people.

CWTC current facilities for activities includes: a weekly wellbeing café, arts for dementia room, training rooms, CWTV Online Community channel, offices, hall, large car parking and easy access for public transport.