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ABOUT US

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

Services

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.
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

Introducing The ACCI

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.
A Talk with Alicia Spence

How we began

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.

Our ethos and philosophy:

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  • Enhance and where possible improve the quality of life for African Caribbean individuals experiencing or recovering from mental ill health.
  • The African ethos of taking responsibility for the care of members of the extended family is one that is central to the ethos held by ACCI. To foster this ethos ACCI addresses everyone connected to the service as ‘members’ of the ACCI ‘family’.
  • Acknowledge and value the culture and identity of each individual as well as recognising their vulnerability.
  • Although the main focus of the support / care offered by ACCI has been mainly directed at African Caribbean community and their families. This support is also available to all members of the community.
  • Maintains strong links with mainstream health and social care services.
  • Offer a supportive training and teaching environment for health professionals, social workers and volunteers.

Our success stories

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.

“Themba’s support sessions has given me faith and confidence in using counselling to support my mental health, physical health and wellbeing. Thank you”

Anonymous

“If wasn't for the ACCI, I don't know where I'd be today.”

Anonymous

“ACCI is like home for me and is one of the best places in Wolverhampton.”

Anonymous

“I used to be so depressed before I knew about ACCI, but when I started attending their Wellbeing centre, my life changed.”

Anonymous

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.
Photograph of Denzil Fletcher
Denzil Fletcher
Candeece Harvey
Geoffrey Bloggs
Jennifer Bloggs
Jennifer Bloggs
Jennifer Bloggs
Geoffrey Bloggs
Jennifer Bloggs

Meet our Carers Group

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.

Geoffrey Bloggs
Jennifer Bloggs
Jennifer Bloggs

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.  

Donald White
Photograph of Bridget Tatham
Bridget Tatham
Geoffrey Bloggs

Events See what’s on

Visit the our events section to keep informed on our upcoming events.

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News Keep up to date

Visit the latest news section to keep up to date with the latest news and happenings at ACCI.

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Get in Touch

African Caribbean Community Initiative
217 Waterloo Terrace
Newhampton Road East
Whitmore Reans
Wolverhampton
WV1 4BA

Tel: 01902 571 230
Fax: 01902 571233
Email: support@acci.org.uk

Opening Times

ACCI is open Monday to Friday all year round, including some Bank Holidays and Christmas Day.

Monday – Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Hot drinks and snacks are available.
Lunch served from:
12.30pm to 1.45pm

CQC inspected and rated good RGB

© 2017 - 2020 ACCI. All Rights Reserved. Company Registration No. 4014153. Charity No. 1081996.

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