Published on December 31, 2014
Asian LEADER 31 December - 13 January 2015 02 www.asianleader.co.uk CLAIMED ASYLUM OR HAVE NO LEGAL STATUS IN THE UK? WE’RE A CHARITY AND SEPARATE FROM THE GOVERNMENT WE GIVE FREE, CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE ABOUT ASSISTED VOLUNTARY RETURN • HELP WITH TRAVEL DOCUMENTS • FREE FLIGHT • £1,500 FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS • £2,000 PER PERSON FOR FAMILIES WE CAN HELP YOU “Everyone at Choices has acted with kindness and expertise. I will be eternally grateful for the help I’ve received” THINKING OF RETURNING TO SOUTH ASIA? CALL US FREE ON 0161 831 5445 TO TALK ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS OR VISIT WWW.CHOICES-AVR.ORG.UK T he Rochdale Healthy Minds service held a stall at the Rochdale Christmas Mar- ket at the Wheatshea centre to raise awareness o their services and to increase access and uptake o Psychological therapies in the borough by the BME communities who are underrepresented in the service. Local residents who are eeling low, worried or stressed can now get quick and easy access to NHS sup- port and advice, with the launch o a new website. The site enables people to get in touch with their local Healthy Minds service by lling in a simple orm and leaving their contact de- tails so a health proessional can get in touch. Healthy Minds, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, oers a wide range o support, advice and treatment options or anyone strug- gling to cope with low mood, stress, anxiety, depression, or any o the common mental health problems that up to one in our people will experience at some point in their lie time. Trained health proessionals will oer support to individuals and treatment options include a course o computerised therapy, group ses- sions, or one to one therapy. Previously, the only way to access the service was to be reerred by a GP or other health worker. O n Saturday 20th Decem- ber, Blackburn based halal ood manuacturer KQF played host to 30 members o the local Abu Haniah Foundation Cub Scouts Group. The cubs visited KQF’s man- uacturing centre on George St West and were welcomed by managing director, Faruk Vali. Ater explaining the company’s work and its markets in Britain and overseas, he then conduct- ed them on a tour o the actory foor. One o the main reasons or the children’s visit was to learn about the importance o health and saety and ood hygiene, all o which are vital concerns to ood manuacturers. They saw how workers prepared to enter the production area, the protective clothes they wore and the equipment they used to prevent ood contamination. Production sta emphasised how important it was or a ood manuacturer to gain accredi- tations or quality assurance and explained the processes that KQF had to ollow in or- der to retain its Grade ‘A’ rat- ing under the British Retail Consortium’s quality standard or ood. “It was a pleasure to wel- come the cubs to our actory,” said Faruk Vali. “It’s good to have a chance to show children around and to demonstrate how seriously ood companies take matters like hygiene and saety. We showed them all the production processes and how the ood itsel was made. I think what they enjoyed most was being invited to make their own sausages and kebabs.” Ater trying their hands at ood manuacture, the scouts completed their tour by receiv- ing a ‘goody bag’ containing the polonies, kebabs and sau- sages they had made. “We were delighted to be in- vited to visit the KQF Factory,” said Cub Scout Leader Sazeda Patel. “There were KQF burg- ers and sausages to eat at the last ew camps that the Abu Haniah Foundation Cubs at- tended, so it’s great that they had the opportunity to visit a local place o interest. “The cubs had great un learning about basic ood hy- giene and how the meat is processed rom the arm on- wards. They also had the op- portunity to be creative and make their own products! All the cubs had a antastic day and we are extremely grateul to KQF or giving us this op- portunity.” Rochdale Healthy Minds service hold a stall at the Wheatsheaf Centre KQF welcomes local Cubs Kamer Shoaib is talking to someone about their services.L-R Roisin Rimmer and Siama Badar Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.