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A new initiative has launched which has been devised to facilitate conversations about so-called “taboo” topics amongst the Sikh and Punjabi communities.

The Sikh and Punjabi Taboo Forum has been set up by senior social work practitioner Kiran Kaur Grewal, as a way to facilitate and stimulate discussions about “taboo” topics in a professional yet informal setting. This will help social care professionals, whether they’re boots on the ground social workers or social care Service Managers.

During each Forum (which are expected to take place quarterly), delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of panellists, giving them greater understanding of the cultural sensitivities, which may be facing the Sikh and Punjabi communities.

The first such event will take place on Wednesday 11 July from 6pm-8.30pm at the Windmill Community Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3DX and discussions will focus upon the issue of Mental Health Awareness.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and perspectives with a diverse panel which will include:
  • Neelam Heera, founder of grassroots charity Cysters
  • Paul Eggett, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and HCPC registered social worker

Tickets to the event are free of charge but pre-registration is essential. You can register to book your tickets online.

Kiran Kaur Grewal has previously shared her thoughts with us as to how social workers can work alongside the Sikh community to tackle issues relating to domestic abuse.

We will keep you updated with the latest news and updates from the Sikh and Punjabi Taboo Forum, so make sure you stay tuned to our blog for more information.
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