Swanswell supports Black History Month in Birmingham

04 October 2011

Swanswell’s joining organisations across the country to recognise the struggles, achievements and contributions of Britain’s African, Asian and Caribbean communities as part of Black History Month.

During October, groups, schools, libraries and arts centres are among some of the those taking part to celebrate the history and culture of black communities past and present.              

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be holding events in Birmingham this week to recognise how communities have overcome barriers in the past and, with the right support, can continue to do so moving forward.

Staff will be offering information about substance misuse – an issue that can affect anyone, anywhere – and how people can access services in the city.

Representatives will be able to give help and guidance to people visiting Pertemps in Newtown on Thursday 6 October between 9am and 5pm.

Then from 11am to 3.30pm on Friday 7 October, Swanswell will be joined by Phoenix Futures and BROSIS – with support from Birmingham Drug and Alcohol Action Team - at the Drum on Potters Lane in Aston to mark Black History Month with a variety of speakers and performances celebrating diverse culture and heritage.

Representatives from a number of organisations will be available during the day, offering information and guidance about a range of issues.

Natacha Bogard, Swanswell’s Diversity Lead, said: ‘Treatment for substance misuse is open to everyone, so this event provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of the help and support that’s available in Birmingham.’

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