This black tie event will be attended by Wolverhampton’s Mayor, Chief Executive’s of the City Council and Primary Care Trust, local MP Rob Marris, , ACCI’s board of trustsees, service users, carers, volunteers, pioneers of the organisation, friends and staff.
The evening will mark the outstanding achievement of being able to survive and grow over the last two decades in a climate that has seen countless black led agencies being forced to shut their doors, in the face of a growing need for their services, due to lack of funding.
Now the largest black led mental health care agency in the West Midlands, organisers say this special evening is also in appreciation of those who have helped to make their work a success over the years.
The African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) was established in 1987 in response to concern among Wolverhampton’s black community about the disproportionate number of African Caribbean’s suffering or at risk of being detained under the Mental Health Act.
Wolverhampton’s black community like many other communities around the country have felt the impact of the overuse of the mental health act among people of African Caribbean origin.
Black people in the UK are 44% more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than their white counterparts, despite having similar rates of mental illness as any other ethnic group.
Like many other cities across the UK black communities in the west Midlands continue to endure the devastating effects of the ongoing failures of statutory mental health services.
Over the last 21 years ACCI has worked at the heart of the African Caribbean community in Wolverhampton offering supported housing, outreach services and day centre care.
‘It’s been 21 years and it hasn’t been easy but we have survived, 15 years ago when people were treating us with derision, there were those who believed in what we were doing, who are not from the African Caribbean community but they stood by us. This is as much to say thank you to them as to those in the community who have dedicated themselves to this work,’ Alicia Spence ACCI manager told Black Mental Health UK.
This gala event in the heart of the city of Wolverhampton will also celebrate the work of the professionals from the community whose commitment, compassion, and dedication over the years has led them to use their expertise to support those who very rarely have a voice in how they are treated by statutory mental health services.
Tickets for this Gala dinner are priced at £35.00. To book e-mail support @acci.org.uk or contact M: 07535 493 778