As well as our work developing support structures in religious community centres, there are a number of projects which are currently ongoing in an effort to build spaces in which individuals can speak openly and honestly without judgement, or to find calmness away from the difficulties around them.
These take the form of Taraki: Chai in the City, Calming Minds Café and our Punjabi Female Forum. All initiatives are designed to try and build social support structures, and encourage the redevelopment of empathetic and compassionate approaches to human relationships.
Working alongside volunteers in central London, we have developed a monthly forum for Punjabi men to speak openly and honestly about any challenges/difficulties they may be experiencing. This is being done in an effort to provide a space in an otherwise hectic and perhaps isolating working environment. This event takes place in Central London and aims to foster an inclusive and open environment where Punjabi men can feel able to discuss any issues or challenges they may be facing and learn about a certain topic related to mental health and mental well-being.
As well our Punjabi male forum, Taraki is co-developgin a Punjabi Female Forum run by Punjabi women for Punjabi women. Based in Central London, this forum is aimed towards those who live, study or work in the area. Its aims are to foster a supportive and open community in an environment which can sometimes be incredibly isolating.
Further to this, The Calm Minds Café, Wolverhampton, is a space to get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Working alongside Arun Kapur, a duty manager at the historic Lighthouse Cinema, Taraki have co-developed a monthly event where any member of the public can spend time at the cinema: chat, have a cup of tea, and play a board game.
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