The Isis Project

The Isis Project

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The Isis Project

Our Project provides a wide range of support to women experiencing mental distress, and their children. Children are cared for by two qualified child care practitioners, and they often present behavioural problems stemming from issues their mothers are faced with in managing their emotional health. We believe that we are ensuring that childrens needs are addressed under the broad headings of the 5 Outcomes of Every Child Matters under the Children'a Act.

We provide a range of practical and emotional strategies to support women who can be experiencing a range of mental health issues, from Post Natal Depression,
to more enduring problems such as bi-polar affective disorder. All service users are referred by external health and other agencies. We deliver an assortment of courses such as Confidence Building, stress management and relaxation techniques, using clinical massage as an alternative to talking treatments.

I have recently taken up the Manager Post at Isis, and have plans to extend our services to make them more accessible to a wider range of service users, and to offer services to women in a culturally sensitive way. We cover the whole of the Bradford Care Trust District, and our service is unique in what we offer to women. There are two other similar projects which are exclusively for women from South Asian communities. Bradford is a global village!! There are families settling here from all continents, and we have a large number of women from asylum and refugee communities, who are dealing with post traumatic stress disorders after fleeing their homelands.

We want to develop a discrete pilot service to women from this community who would be referred by health visitors and midwives, and offe them a six week intervention service, but we do not have the financial means, nor the staff capacity at present to do this, but this is just one of many ideas which are in their embryonic state!! We want to ensure that women are offered a rich diversity of services as part of the Care Programme Approach under the Mental Health Act 2007. It is important that we secure more, and longer term funding, to ensure our Project's unique profile is not lost, and that our services resonate with issues aound Inclusion and Service User involvement, which underpin the New Act.