Zamia* is a 50 year old Somali woman who came to one of our six week self-management courses in Greenwich, summer 2016. She has diabetes, chronic back pain and arthritis. Her mobility is limited and she is constantly in pain.

“Due to my condition, I was not able to go out much. I was feeling low and isolated. One of my friends told me about the course and I decide to join the course’’

This was Zamia’s first experience of anything like this - the whole group learning experience was new. However, she quickly joined in.

‘’I able to express and ask questions in my language without using interpreter’’.  “I have been empowered by group discussions and problems solving techniques. Action plan has guided me to achieve my set goals. The self management course has enabled me to put a stop to the thoughts and feelings that I don’t want or can’t do and replace with proactive inner peace. I do regular exercise now. The whole experience has changed and empowered me, I already step into life more believable and has given me new outlook’’.

“Since completing the training, I have been sharing what I have leant with my friends and family and promoting self management in Somali community in Greenwich. As a result, I am now currently working as outreach sessional worker for Social Action for Health’’

Our self-management courses are based on the Stamford University model of training and developing people to be more equipped to manage their own condition. We specialise in reaching out to communities that are often unfamiliar with the system, language and mainstream culture of the UK.