The Chair, Jatin Patel, welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited Brian Futcher (Kurdish Community Association in Portsmouth) to the front to thank him for helping to provide the Kurdish buffet this evening and also for bringing Rowaz Faris who played a short violin recital of a traditional Kurdish song.
JP said that he hopes PRENO continues to go a long way again in the next year and asked the Committee members present to introduce themselves.
JP also wished the Muslim Community a Happy Eid Mubarak and sent a warm welcome to PRENO’s new member of staff, Vera Sinha, who stood-up to introduce herself. Vera takes-up the post of PRENO Prison Liaison.
Minutes from this meeting could not be approved as not enough BME’s present. Take forward to the next General Meeting on January 21st 2008.
Take forward to the next General Meeting on January 21st 2008.
TBD outlined the work that PRENO has now undertaken to become involved in this project. Mainly this project will target the Bangladeshi, Chinese and Sikh Communities as they are the largest communities in Portsmouth. GP’s will also be targeted and relevant service providers. People within these BME Communities will be interviewed and their thoughts on mental health issues recorded in a questionnaire. This is a taboo subject within many cultures and the aim is to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. This also means that many BME’s do not seek help or talk about this. Trying to remove the stigma will include initially translation issues also.
TBD said that this post has now come to fruition after being in the pipeline for a few years. The Prison Service decided that it would be advantageous to work with PRENO on this as we are a specialised BME organisation. The recruitment and selection process has now been successfully finalised and TBD welcomed and introduced the new post holder, Vera Sinha, who was present. Vera’s post will cover working with HMP Camphill, Parkhurst and Albany on the IOW and also HMP Kingston in Portsmouth and Haslar Holding Centre in Gosport.
Vera will be working with detainees, local BME Communities, prison staff
Minutes by Soraya Ciccarone 15/10/07
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