Read Our Roots CIC prospectus here.
Our Roots is a community interest company (CIC) that started as an organised Community Group known as Back To My Roots in February 2009. Back To My Roots rose out of the work of Community Development Workers of the then South Birmingham PCT based in Midland Heart that was delivering the government's Delivering Race Equality (DRE) programme for mental health.
In October 2010, Our Roots was registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). We are a social enterprise that grew naturally out of community need to have an organisation that is owned by and understands its community.
We offer services that directly benefit the community such as Counselling and emotional health, health promotion, mental health, early detection and prevention of entering unwanted systems and behaviour such as crime, mental ill-health and a sense of hopelessness; we also support the efforts of the government and local authority of creating a better, bigger society with family, social and national values. We do this by adopting the delivery of responsive services, in a professional environment and in a responsive way.
"Passionate about Community development, cultural integration, social cohesion, health and wellbeing".
— Our Roots Mission Statement —
Who is the service for?
All of Our Roots services can be accessed by anyone interested regardless of their diversity.
We comply with the Equalities Act 2010 that expects not to discriminate against any person due to their:
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Race, ethnicity or nationality
• Religion and belief
• Sexual orientation
However, some contracts may be commissioned and delivered according to commissioning intentions and designs. If this is the case, we will always effectively communicate such commissioning demands.
"SOUNDED SIMPLISTIC BUT IT HAS LEFT US FEELING WE OUGHT TO THINK SIMPLE IN ORDER TO DO AND BEHAVE BIG!"
MEN'S WELLBEING GROUP AFTER A SERIES OF "MAN UP" WORKSHOPS THAT PROMOTE A POSITIVE LOOK OF MANNING UP
“STRANGE HOW I USED TO THINK THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE ON ME: THESE SESSIONS HAVE REMINDED ME I HAVE A BIG FUTURE TO TAKE CARE OF... AND EVERYTHING IS IN MY HANDS... I AM GLAD I ACCEPTED THIS THERAPY!"
A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO WAS SUPPORTED IN ANXIETY COUNSELLING SESSIONS
"IT FEELS SO GOOD WHEN MY CHILDREN WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND ARE RUSHING TO GET READY TO GO TO OUR ROOTS. AND WHEN THEY COME BACK AND TELL ME WHAT WENT ON AND WHAT THEY DID. IT'S A JOY TO SEE THAT THEY ARE LOVING THIS. THE TUTORS HAVE JUST TOPPED IT UP AND EVEN WHEN I DO NOT GET AROUND THE TIME TO HELP THEM IN THEIR LEARNING, IT'S COMFORTING TO KNOW THAT THEY DID SOME LEARNING AT OUR ROOTS. THANK YOU EVERYONE AT OUR ROOTS."
"THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING A FREE COUNSELLING SERVICE TO MY FIFTEEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. MY DAUGHTER WAS RELUCTANT TO SEEK HELP FROM HER SCHOOL AND I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE WE COULD ACCESS SUPPORT. FORTUNATELY WE WERE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR SERVICE WHICH SHE HAS FOUND HELPFUL. I AM VERY GRATEFUL THAT WHEN SHE NEEDED HELP THERE WAS SOME AVAILABLE AND WE DIDN'T HAVE TO WAIT. THANK YOU FOR THE INVALUABLE SERVICE."
MOTHER OF FIFTEEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER THAT RECEIVED IAPT COUNSELLING SERVICE
"JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP, SUPPORT AND ADVICE THAT YOU'VE PROVIDED FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS AT AUEA. IT'S BEEN INVALUABLE AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AGAIN IN THE FUTURE."
ASTON UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING ACADEMY