DESKA HOWE - MANAGER - HEALTH & WELLBEING - DAY CARE SERVICE

I joined the charity as a volunteer in 1993, after a period of time the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre secured funding from the Care at Home Initiative and  I gained employment and managed the Day Care and African Caribbean Meals on Wheels services. 

With – in the Health & Well Being Division I current manage our

  • Health & Well Being Day Care Services which regulated by Sandwell MBC’s Adult Services & Health and we are on their Framework Agreement as an approved provider
  • Catering Services which regulated by Sandwell MBC’s Adult Services & Health
  • African Caribbean & BME Carer’s Information, Advice and Navigation Service
  • In partnership with Agewell I also co - manage the SAPPHIRE Service, our element of the service is to supports African Caribbean and Duel Heritage Patients (50+) on the Emergency Assessment, Adult and Older People Wards at Sandwell Hospital and ensure that services are in place (reducing delayed discharge) so that patients and carer received support at home which should reduce the likelihood of patients being readmitted to hospital.
  • Reducing Sugar project, which aim to show people how to use sugar alternatives to make healthy meals and dishes for the family

 Previous and current accomplishments

  • In November 2003, I was elected Chairperson of the African Caribbean Health Improvement Service (ACHIS) until October 2007
  • In 2008, I joined Sandwell Council Voluntary Organisation’s Board as a Director, my main duties were to represent the wider voluntary sector on a range of strategic groups and bodies.  In 2010, I was elected as Vice Chairperson, I was heavily involved in SMBC Scrutiny review on SCVO and subsequent Step Change Process.  I represent the SCVO on the Later Life Partnership Board, and Wednesbury & West Bromwich Health Board and I supporting the Chief Executive around integrating into the new Compact and wider 2010  (Strategic Service Development Plan) agenda.  
  • In 2012, I was elected as a patient representative to Sandwell Health Alliances (SHA) Locality Commission Board as a patient representative, my  role is to ensure that patients views, wishes and aspirations are fed into Sandwell & West Birmingham’s CCG 5 years Forward View Strategies and their Operational Plan.  I am the patient lead on the CCGs Equality & Diversity Sub Committee, I also attend Patient and Partnership Advisory Group Meeting, SHA Board Meetings and I Co-Chair the SHA Patient Network meeting.
  • In 2015- 2017 I was the Vice Chairperson of Sandwell Targeted Empowerment Partnership Programme (now called the Better Health Programme), the network provided arrange of lifestyle and physical activities programme’s to BME and New and emerging communities to reduce the health inequality gap.

In 2014 I won an award from Sandwell MBC’s West Bromwich Town Team for the work and projects I have supported in the town and across Sandwell, the award also represented the work that the West Bromwich African Caribbean Centre has done for the town and borough as a whole.

In my spare time as well as being a son/carer, a father, and grandfather I enjoy reading biographies, listening to opera/classical music and I enjoyed gardening.