Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation

Delivering a range of culturally responsive services

    About Us

    Creativity is central to the services provided at Kuumba and is at the heart of the Foundation’s vision of an African Caribbean Community in Sandwell whose mental health needs are fully and appropriately researched, recognised and supported.

    The Kuumba Centre developed from a gathering of local voluntary and statutory workers in 1994.  The group of workers were concerned at some of the details of the Jonathan Zito case which had made the National news.  The case involved an African Caribbean male who murdered Jonathan Zito.  Political concerns about the case were based around what was a catastrophic breakdown in Community Care, and how a gentleman known to the Mental Health Services could be left without support in the community.

    The workers discussed the Zito case and the implications for African Caribbean people involved in the Psychiatric services.  The group workers were interested to investigate what work, if any, was being done locally to prevent a similar incident in Sandwell.

    These early concerns manifested in a Drop- In facility that was run by volunteers.  The Drop- In facility was held once per week for 4 hours at West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.

    It wasn’t much but at last African & Caribbean adults experiencing and/or recovering from mental health problems now had a safe haven where they could access support and would be culturally understood.

    Later negotiations commenced with Sandwell Social Services and a contract was signed for one Support Worker.  Some time later and after more negotiations further contracts were put in place and staff were employed and the Kuumba Centre as we know it today, was born

    Type of Services

    Day Care Centre

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