The Black-E is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted in the prestigious Community Initiative of the Year category by the National BAME Health & Care Awards. The Black-E was nominated for its innovative work with local families from across Toxteth and Liverpool. During COVID19, using artists and youth workers, the BlackE set up an online family cooking channel. Bringing families together with a recipe and box of ingredients. This project was made possible with the help of FareShare Merseyside, Merseyside Play Action Council and friendly advice from local health & NHS workers. The project fostered healthy eating, challenged isolation and supported Black community youth leaders, in enabling local Black, Asian and marginalised young people and their families, to have culturally grounded conversations on better health outcomes. This used a culturally competent approach to health and cooking and put the onus on members from within the BAME community sharing their ideas and recipes for healthy eating. Seelan Manoharan, speaking on behalf of the Black-E said: “During COVID19 we knew we had to work in different ways, to engage and support our very diverse community. We also know that health outcomes and life expectancy for Black and Asian people in our local area is not good. We wanted to help people stay well and have fun. It is wonderful to have been shortlisted, but this is really a great acknowledgment for all the families who took part and cooked together.” The Awards celebrate people, networks and community groups across British health and social care, who are making significant improvements by supporting equality, inclusion, and promoting support better healthcare initiatives for BAME communities. This year’s final winners will be chosen by an independent panel of expert judges and announced during a special ceremony on the 9th of June 2022. The event will be held at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London. Dr Rebecca Amissah MD, the Joint Cultural Director welcomed the news, saying: “Here at the Black-E we have been able to deliver great projects on health and wellbeing. We have passionate volunteers from the health and care sector who like us know that it takes a village to raise a child. When artists and community work together we know we make a real difference to the mental health of all our communities, including children and families.”


• The shortlist was publicly announced on the 19 April 2022. If you require further background information please contact: agnes.mkpeti [at] or see the awards website at:

• FareShare Merseyside redistributes surplus food to over 219 charities and community groups working with vulnerable people across Merseyside. Based in Speke, their reach includes breakfast clubs, women’s refuges, homeless hostels and luncheon clubs for older people.

• Merseyside Play Action Council – MPAC – has been developing play in Liverpool and Merseyside since 1974. They support charities like the Black-E by providing advocacy and advice, helping groups to develop safe and quality for children and young people.


Image: Dr Rebecca Amissah, Joint Cultural Director of the Black-E -courtesy of Crackd -the Vegan egg substitute

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