The Healthy Wellbeing Refugee THW is a Community Organisation which was founded in 2008 in Darlington UK by Elizabeth SamCoffie to address the mental health issues of the Black and Minority Ethnic with the provision of a lot of activities majorly for asylum seekers to help keep them busy. Her husband Samuel Coffie joined the organisation in 2013, and they have both with the help of the Trustees/Management Committee, continue to serve the asylum seekers and refugees in Hartlepool. Before THW was founded, there was very little activities for asylum seekers as they most of the time had just a weekly dropin where tea/coffee and snacks were served.
Single men and women asylum seekers have not been found to live in Hartlepool, therefore we majorly engage with asylum seekers and refugees who are family members - dads, mums and their children, or single parents and their children. We aim to enlighten, educate and encourage healthy living and skill empowerment amongst them, as they are classified as disadvantaged and marginalised people.
We tackle unhealthy habits (sexual, eating, fitness etc.) which poses a lot of health risks like hypertension, diabetes, heart-disease, fibroid, anaemia, cancer, obesity, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and low self-esteem etc.
We encourage them to develop their employability skills, and the skills that will enable them to start and build a business.
Our OBJECTS are wide covering areas like education, mental health, healthy eating, nutrition, fitness, sexual health, cleanliness etc. amongst others.
As a RCO (Refugee Community Organisation), the services we provide for asylum seekers and refugees are to:
- run welcome projects for new asylum seekers.
- hold quality health talks and meetings inviting health organisations.
- provide short courses e.g. food hygiene, first aid etc.
- provide trainings like cake decoration and sewing.
- provide asylum seekers and refugees with swimming lessons.
- provide them with gym sessions.
- provide weekly newsletters covering a wide selection of topics.
- organise social trips to places of interest.
- provide access to free health articles and journals through the RSS feeds on our websites and through our weekly articles.
- enlighten and educate all of the importance of healthy eating.
- provide fruits and vegetables frequently at our meetings.
- deal with any mental health issues relating to disadvantaged and marginalised ethnic groups through trainings and courses.
- provide sexual education to enable them to avoid diseases like AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.
- protect children's health and wellbeing through trainings and courses delivered to their parents.
-provide of trainings like piano and swimming lessons to their children.
- address issues of obesity through health talks.
- address health issues particular to minority women.
- devote to health research that will impact positively on them.
The Healthy Wellbeing Refugee Community Organisation provides health information (through trainings and courses), promotes healthy habits (through activities) and the importance/benefits of healthy eating and living amongst disadvantaged and marginalised ethnic groups (asylum seekers and refugees) and the wider society. We need the support of health organisations and institutions, health practitioners, charities and funders; and we provide a rewarding place to work for our workers and volunteers.
Upskilling and educating people to foster self confidence, empowerment, healthy living, and habits. .
Updated: 10th April, 2016