Community Navigation Plus

Here is a full list of the organisations at our 2019 Wellbeing Fair, find them on twitter here: • The Trust for Developing Communities - (MESH and Social Prescribing) • Sussex Interpreting Services • Southdown • Mind in Brighton and Hove • Brighton Housing Trust • Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service • Mindout • Changes Ahead • Synergy Creative Community • Diabetes UK • BMECP Centre • The Chattri Memorial Group • LGBT Switchboard • Brighton and Hove Buses • Voices in Exile • • Bahá'is of Brighton and Hove • BeeZee Bodies • Healthy Lifestyles Team, Brighton and Hove City Council • The Hangleton & Knoll Project • Macmillan Horizon Centre • Possability People • Martlets Hospice in Hove • Oral Health • Brighton and Hove Sexual Health and Contraception • Impetus Brighton and Hove • YMCA Right Here • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove • RISE • Albion in the Community • Terrence Higgins Trust • Communities, Equality and Third Sector Team, BHCC • Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group • Transport Planner • Welfare Rights Team • BHCCCommunity Safety Casework Team, anti-social behaviour (ASB) • Impact Initiatives • Amaze • East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service • The Carers Centre/Carers Hub.

Social isolation, loneliness, depression, work and unemployment, language and cultural barriers can make you unwell.

If you are from a BME background, TDC are offering dedicated support in your area to help you.

Your local BME Link Worker is Sayanti Banerjee.

What is Community Navigation Plus?

Community Navigation Plus is a free-of-charge social prescribing service in Brighton and Hove that links people to community services and groups to improve health and wellbeing across the city.  

Community Navigators work with individuals to help them identify and access local groups and services and find information relevant to them. They can make arrangements on the client’s behalf as necessary, fill in forms, make appointments and follow up on these whilst offering support throughout.

The service is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and focuses on non-clinical issues which affect health and wellbeing.

TDC are proud to be partnering with Impetus to deliver this service to people from BME communities.

What can Community Navigation help with?  

Many of life’s problems can make you unwell:

  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Housing, money and benefits issues
  • Work and unemployment
  • Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and weight loss
  • Language and cultural barriers

Community Navigation will help refer you to services which can help you feel better. These might include:

  • Groups, befriending and social activities
  • Housing benefits, financial support and advice
  • Employment, training and volunteering
  • Healthy lifestyle advice and physical activity

The service is confidential and provided by fully trained Community Navigators. Patient permission is sought before any information is shared with third party community services

How can I be referred to Community Navigation Plus?

Our service is available to people from BME backgrounds upon referral or self-referral.

Community navigation usually occurs via referral from a GP but with Community Navigation Plus, individuals are able to self-refer direct to our Community Navigator or be referred from another member of our team or another group or organisation we work with.

Sayanti Banerjee is a qualified Community Development Worker with extensive experience working with BME communities. She will meet people one to one to work with them and find ways to improve their health and wellbeing. Get in touch for a free informal chat and Sayanti can help connect you to people or groups to improve your wellbeing.

Having received a referral, our BME link worker will:-

  1. Contact you for an initial phone conversation
  2. Come and meet you at your local community centre or at a place convenient to you
  3. Spend time to understand the issues you’re facing
  4. Discuss a variety of local services to support you – free of charge services if possible
  5. Help you access the services to get the support you need

If you are 18+, living in Brighton and Hove and from a BME background:

  • Call or email Sayanti directly – 07533 011 417 or [email protected] to self-refer, or
  • Ask your local Community Development Worker to make a referral to Sayanti on your behalf

Social Prescribing - Community Navigation Plus Brighton

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