Community Engagement

AHEC method of engaging with the community has been to promote awareness, education, community cohesion and involvement through health awareness workshop, educational events, articles newsletters, running of parenting courses and after school supplementary tuitions, referring services users to relevant organizations for specialist advice and representational activities.

We recruit volunteers and facilitators with shared vision to equip them through training so that they could engage, educate and affect the community in a positive way. Through our evaluation mechanisms, we feed in the inputs, contributions and views of the engaged community into development of improved services.

AHEC has working partnership with a host of organization and a member of several forums and boards in and around the Borough of Waltham Forest. These include Voluntary Sector Forum, Waltham Forest Voluntary Set-up Forum, Voluntary Action Waltham Forest, Local Strategy Board, Children and Young People Providers Network (CHYPPS) Forum, Screen Station, Royal Geographic Society, Royal Commonwealth Society, National Resources Centre For Supplementary Education, various Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) groups, DEA, Cultural Learning Alliance and Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organization, Disability groups and Mentally Challenging Organization.

Additionally AHEC has consistently worked with schools in Waltham Forest to promote cultural activities and community cohesion and involvement. AHEC receives referrals from schools and parents to engage young people and families with difficult and challenging backgrounds

We also signpost drop-in and telephone enquires to the appropriate and relevant services providers which include L&Q Housing Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau, Medical Foundation Care of Victims Of Torture , African Caribbean , Disable Associations, Refuge council.

Over the years AHEC has worked with Voluntary Action Waltham Forest (VAMF) to broaden its organizational capacity and adopt best practices to effectively engage the communities.

From May to November 2010, AHEC In collaboration with VAMF will undertake a pilot project to collect the memories and experiences of Africans, Caribbean communities in Waltham Forest, Newham and Hackney, as part of the celebration of the 2012 London Olympic Games


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