‘Dost’ project – Launch of BAME Wellbeing and Signposting service

From Smile Foundation:

We hope this email finds you well and safe. As our region tackles yet another Covid-19 lockdown and its impact, we recognise how important it is to continue ensuring the mental and physical wellbeing of all.

Here we would like to present our ‘Dost’ project, a befriending and signposting service for our BAME communities in the East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire regions. As the name ‘dost’ – Hindi for friend – suggests, we are here to provide friendly support and signposting to our clinical and non-clinical pathways. Our aim is to reduce health and wellbeing inequalities for our communities that have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

We are supported by our partner NHS Trusts and are therefore able to signpost beneficiaries to the various clinical services. Some areas of special consideration are:-

  • Mental Health
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Perinatal Mental Health Services
  • Suicide Prevention

In your positions as leaders of communities, groups, and service providers, we would encourage you to share our BAME helpline number 01482 215929 (option 2) with your members and organisations. Simply dial the number and select the correct option, and myself or an appointed Smile Foundation volunteer will be happy to offer information and signposting to our clinical and non-clinical pathways.

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

Note: If any of your community members require translation or interpretation services, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to discuss the necessary arrangements.

We hope you can share this information widely with your community members. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to drop me an email or ring our helpline on 01482 215929 (option 2). Please note: ‘Dost’ is not an emergency service. In an emergency always ring 999. For more information on the Urgent and Emergency Care Services, please click here.