How we work
Our upstream approach achieves both indirect and direct benefits for our communities, and with this in mind, we ensure that our partners, our associates and others’ working alongside us have the same core belief. Our input is offered based on a number of dependable factors including years of historical direct experience and specialist skills acquired in the field of Health and Social Care, a strong knowledge base of networks and “can-doers” in the field, the utilisation of innovative practice to achieve the outcomes required and a driving ambition to do what is right and what is effective for the benefit of our communities. Through our varied workstreams including training in suicide prevention and wellbeing, tailored peer support programmes, innovative community-centered resource development and health and social care sector strategic support (to name but a few), we ensure that stakeholders across the board are effectively engaged at all levels to realise improved quality of life and wellbeing. Our approach to improving wellbeing recognises that short term investment in individual wellbeing has huge benefits in the long term. That’s why people are at the heart of everything we do. So, all our programmes don’t start with illness, they start with building health and wellbeing – Through programmes that Educate, Protect, Intervene and Champion we support people to know what needs to be done to keep themselves as well as they can be.

Common Unity

Common Unity Social Enterprise is a Health and Social Care organisation specialising in working on mental health and wellbeing with ‘hard to reach’ communities. It was established in 2009 by community activists from BME communities who were also mental health professionals, and who had grown up in the inner city areas of the West Midlands. Our personal and professional experiences have formed our instincts about, and specific insights into, what works in communication with a wide range of audiences. We help individuals, communities and service providers to overcome barriers to communication and the fulfilment of potential, ensuring that services are both accessible and relevant. Common Unity has been commissioned by the Local Authority, NHS Primary Care Trust, and a number of Third Sector organisations in Birmingham and Sandwell, to support them in research and consultation with specific communities.

Forward For Life

Forward For Life operates with the core belief that although there are many challenges that exist across and within our communities, solutions to these challenges are also to be found across and within our communities.  With an overall vision of eradicating suicide, we adopt forward thinking approaches to reduce inequalities and promote opportunities for enhanced well-being and improved quality of life – We believe this is both an achievable expectation across all our communities and the right of each and every individual within. Our upstream approach achieves both indirect and direct benefits for our communities, and with this in mind, we ensure that our partners, our associates and others’ working alongside us have the same core belief. Our input is offered based on a number of dependable factors including years of historical direct experience and specialist skills acquired in the field of Health and Social Care, a strong knowledge base of networks and “can-doers” in the field , the utilisation of innovative practice to achieve the outcomes required and a driving ambition to do what is right and what is effective for the benefit of our communities. Through our varied workstreams including training in suicide prevention and wellbeing, Man Centred Peer Support Programmes, innovative community centred resource development and health and social care sector strategic support (to name but a few), we ensure that stakeholders across the board are effectively engaged at all levels to realise improved quality of life and well-being.

Our Approach

Educate
Knowledge is power, and if people are educated to understand what makes them function in a healthy way, then people have the power to look after themselves.

Protect
Life often throws us a curve ball. Our programmes support people to know what tools they can utilise to best cope with the challenges we often unexpectedly face.

Intervene
Everyone needs someone to lean on from time to time. Much of the learning we promote is one that helps people help others. Being able to recognise and support others when they are struggling has benefits for all.

Champion
To improve wellbeing, we must promote wellbeing through recognising and highlighting that wellbeing is not fixed, but is ever-changing and seen differently from one person to the next.