Over the last few months, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team have arranged for various partner organisations to come in and talk to our staff about the work they are doing, providing an insight into the communities they engage with and how OneLife Suffolk can support them.
These have included Funmi Akinriboya from the BME Suffolk Support Group, who spoke passionately about the barriers that the people she works with face on a daily basis and how they support them. Funmi is a very active member in the community and has worked tirelessly to campaign for issues around COVID-19, immigration, wellbeing for adults and youth, and has helped develop the African food pantry project. If you would like to get involved, the BME Suffolk Support Group are always looking for volunteers to help deliver food parcels.
Alison McWilliam from the Terrence Higgins Trust spoke to us about the work they do with the LGBTQ+ community and their other services such as STI testing, free condoms, sexual health information, and training services.
This month, we invited Monika Puchalafrom Community Action Suffolk to discuss the Buddy Up programme designed to help those struggling with COVID-related isolation. The scheme provides one-to-one support by offering volunteers who can accompany them to support sessions and appointments, allowing them to start to make changes to improve their health.
If your organisation would be interested in speaking to the OneLife Suffolk team about the support or services you provide, please contact Tom Osborne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Farhana Salham (email@example.com).