About Our Roots CIC
Our Roots is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that started as an organised Community Group in February 2009. Our Roots rose out of the work of Community Development Workers who were providing the government's Delivery Race Equality (DRE) program.
In October 2010, Our Roots was registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). This began as a social enterprise that grew naturally out of the community’s need for an organisation that is owned by and understood by its community. We offer services that directly benefit the community such as counselling, emotional health support, health promotion, mental health, early detection and prevention of entering unwanted systems and behaviours such as crime, mental ill-health and sense of hopelessness.
We engage in community development and promotion of mental health & wellbeing. We also specialise in improving social integration and cohesion, resilience and achieving in education, cultural development, identity and sense of belonging, as part of building self-esteem and confidence. Our Roots strives to embed such objectives into the community through offering Saturday Clubs and Holidays Clubs; free of charge for children and families within the local community. The club facilitates Dance & Movement Therapy, well-being workshops, homework support and group activities for all to engage in.
We deliver counselling through two arms: the professional arm and the community arm.
Our Inclusion Commitment
All of Our Roots services can be accessed by anyone interested regardless of their diversity.
We comply with the Equalities Act 2010 that protects you from discrimination due to your:
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Race, ethnicity and nationality
• Religion and belief
• Sexual orientation
Values Of Our Roots
- Working together Ethically and Professionally for clients and the community we serve.
- Respect and dignity for employees and all stakeholders.
- Commitment to the quality of care and support we give.
- Compassion and empathy at work.
- Improving investment and innovations to increase efficiency and outcomes in what we do.
- Everyone matters and receives equal opportunities.
Aims & Objectives
- Employing people at risk of being marginalised including employing them into senior management.
- Promoting mental health and wellbeing
- Promoting social integration and cohesion, resilience, cultural development, identity, sense of belonging, and family support.
- Engaging in community educational support and development for the community we serve.
- Health promotion, advice, guidance and information in the field of health, mental health, housing, new communities, asylum and refugee settlement.
- Creating a platform where community members can develop through Volunteering.
- Cultural exchange - working with other cultures to promote diversity and a multicultural approach within the communities we work with.
- Onsite and community-based counselling and mental wellbeing interventions.
- Supporting children's psycho-social development.
- Empowering people: identifying talent and nurturing it for the benefit of the community.