Working for andwith the community
Introducing The ACCI
The African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) was initially set up in the 1980’s as a response to concerns raised by the Wolverhampton Rastafarian Progressive Association about the disproportionate number of African Caribbean’s suffering or at risk of mental ill health in the local community.
ACCI was first registered as a charity in 1987 and has been at the forefront of supportive services for individuals affected by mental ill health as well as continuing to raising awareness within the local community.
Here’s our Director of Services, Alicia Spence explains who we are, what we do and how we support and care for our service members impacted by mental ill health.
Our ethos and philosophy:
We are doingthe right thing,at the right time
We want our service members to feel safe, secure and enable them to develop their confidence and skills whilst maintaining their mental wellbeing. Here are a just few stories from the service members we support. Names may have been changed in some cases, but in every other way these stories accurately reflect the struggles African and Caribbean people experiencing mental ill health go through and, ultimately, how ACCI help them to recover through their mental health journey.
What makes us diferent?
The African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) aims to provide a culturally safe service that will meet the needs of the African and Caribbean community and their families affected by mental ill health.
To provide a service that will play a key role in delivering the national mental health agenda by improving the standard of service provision, reducing inequalities and hospital re-admittance among African Caribbean members.
We offer a unique culturally service and strive to develop a better quality of life for our service members through; Our Wellbeing Hub, Day Centre, Outreach Support, Supported Housing, Housing Advice and Counselling & Therapeutic Services.
Meet the ACCI Family
Our people are the backbone of our charity and dedicated to supporting our service members. Our Board of Trustees, Staff and Carer’s Group are essential to helping us support the community.
Meet our staff
Our team are here to support and assist our service members. They are committed to helping service members maintain their wellbeing and provide them with access to opportunities to develop their confidence and skills.
Omari Supported Housing Manager
Monitoring & Compliance Officer
Senior Housing Support Officer
Carers Support Coordinator
Meet our Board of Trustees
ACCI is governed by a board of Trustees who act within the framework of a charitable organisation. The members of the board are individuals who bring a wide range of expertise as well as knowledge while volunteering their time to support the organisation. ACCI continues to recruit volunteers to the board who are willing to be active participants.
Meet our Patrons
Our patrons represent the African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) and help raise our profile. They are passionate advocates of our work to provide a culturally safe service that will meet the needs of the African and Caribbean community and their families affected by mental ill health.