DASSI is a new group started by a mother from Cameroon who has a child with special needs and found it very difficult to access help and services due to the culture and religion barrier.
Often in African cultures, a child with special needs is seen as a punishment by god.
To break this bias and to improve the mental health of those mums, the lady from Cameroon has worked with Leeds City Council to set up this support group to share experiences, tips and advice.
Her main goal is that mums from BAME backgrounds would learn acceptance and appreciation of their unique children and, in turn, change the way services are presented to such communities.
It’s held at the Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library on the first Wednesday of the month (1:30pm-3:30pm), with the prospect of being more often depending on the numbers.
For more information, click here to see the leaflet or contact Dasha from Leeds City Council on 07891 27 9161 or Jacky on 07507 72 9494.