Are you looking for ways to be more involved in matters that affect the Black community? Go virtual and join the following webinars on Black issues.
Are you for or against organ donation? – ACLT
A year ago, more than 167,000 people withdrew their consent from the Organ Donation Register and at least 23%* of those who opted out, were Black or Asian. Yet there continues to be a high proportion of people from the Black community who are living with high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis, making them more likely to need a lifesaving transplant. Keen to understand the issues more, the by ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) has organised a virtual event called Black People: Let’s Talk, Organ Donation. The webinar will seek to hear from Black people might be against organ donation, patients in need, the perspective of families who’s loved ones were donors and the recipients of transplants.
Date: Thursday 20 May
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
It’s Time to Talk – Find A Balance
Following the events of 2020, cases of young Black men who commit suicide has soared. Find A Balance – a mental health support charity for Black and Minority Ethnic people has launched ‘It’s Time to Talk’ workshops, a campaign aimed at supporting young Black men between the ages of 18 and 35 to better tackle mental health issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia
The series of workshops, hosted online, will invite speakers including the likes of mental health advocate and expert Peter Smith, who will aim to tackle the questions, ‘What is expected of Black men today?’ and ‘How is this affecting their mental wellbeing?’
The workshops will be spread across Wednesdays (for 18–25-year-olds) and Fridays (for 26- to 35-year-olds), starting on May 19 until August.
Sam Francis, founder of Find A Balance, said: “We at Find A Balance are proud to offer a safe space and support for the young men in our community who need it and urge anyone who feels they or a loved one may benefit to get in touch.”
Date: Starts Wednesday 19 May – through until 6 August
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
The Black Parents and Teachers Association – Female Magik
Parents, RARA Education Project and Female Magik have come together to create The Black PTA (Parents and Teachers Association), a space for Black parents and teachers to come together and support one another, discuss important topics and experiences.
The Black PTA (Parents and Teachers Association) is a monthly zoom meeting allowing Black parents and teachers to discuss timely topics and to be able to come together as a community.
“2020 was a tornado year for our whole world, one in which we’ll be recovering from for a while. But to be Black in 2020, was another level of trauma and we say we want to support parents and educators be the best we can through these challenging times.”
Date: Every third Monday of the month
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
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