Published on: 10th March 2022

NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (Salford CCG) have partnered with Europia and have been successful in securing funding from the Innovation and Improvement Fund to deliver a new project to support the most vulnerable and out of reach communities in Salford, with a particular focus on reaching Central and Eastern European (CEE) Nationals.

The Labyrinth Project is an innovative and exciting partnership between Gaddum, Europia and The Melissus Project  which launches on 1 April 2022 and will provide one-to-one support, community drop-in sessions and Education and Empowerment sessions across a range of health and wellbeing topics.

The project aims to support Salford residents to navigate through the ‘labyrinth’ of health and social care services to build resilience and independence, develop English language skills and improve health and wellbeing.

The Labyrinth Project will enable CEE nationals to access:

  • Outreach Workers
  • Community Translators
  • Assistance in arranging appointments and follow up actions

Gaddum, a 200-year-old charity with a substantial track record in providing services in Advocacy, Carers support and Therapy, is working collaboratively with Europia, who have over a decade experience of supporting CEE nationals across Greater Manchester, and The Melissus Project, who specialise in trauma-informed responses to support people with complex needs.

Taking a place-based approach, this is a pioneering project that highlights the challenges faced by CEE nationals and the current gaps in service provision.  This partnership approach and combined expertise and experience are key to maximising the collective impact on the community.

Amanda Rafferty, NHS Senior Manager, Engagement and Inclusion for Salford CCG said:

“This project is so important, especially in the current climate when many Eastern Europeans will be affected by the events in Ukraine. The service will provide a safe place for people to share their experiences and be connected with services that can help them. This could be anything from mental health to registering with a GP. Services will also benefit from a better understanding of needs”.

As part of the project, Gaddum are recruiting for two new posts: Team Leader and Community Connector. For more details, click here.

For more information about the project, please contact labyrinth@europia.org.uk.