Project Zazi is the name for our work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) young people tackling issues of inequality, discrimination, oppression, culture and identity.
Zazi means ‘Know Yourself, Know Your Strength’. The project offers a mix of one-to-one support and different kinds of group work, where you can explore your identity and culture, try new activities and learn new skills. The aim of Project Zazi is to promote good physical and mental health, healthy relationships and positive lifestyles.
One to one
We offer one-to-one work in schools, primarily with young people who are at the risk of exclusion, not engaging in school and who may be interested in exploring their cultural identity and mental wellbeing. The Zazi 1:1 Therapy service offers therapeutic support to 16-25 year olds from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. This safe, non-judgemental, confidential space offers support with issues impacting mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for young people to explore, discover and express their thoughts, feelings and experiences, in an environment in which they feel respected, heard and valued and where they can gain a deeper understanding of self, discover useful tools that may support them and have their courage, strength, resilience, and potential reflected back to them.
We are also able to offer low intensity CBT (a type of 1:1 Therapy) on a one-to-one basis with one of our friendly Wellbeing Practitioners. Our Wellbeing Practitioners go into schools and the community to work alongside young people who are presenting with anxiety and low mood. This is a 6-8 week structured talking therapy that helps them to understand how their thoughts can affect their behaviour and emotions.
Age range: 16-25
‘Becoming an activist’ workshops
Merging mental health, cultural awareness and activism to get young people of colour on the path to embodying the change they want to be in society. Young people by the end of these sessions will have created a small campaign that tackles an issue in society that is important to them. These sessions are run in high schools, sixth forms, colleges, universities and community centres.
Age range: 14-20
Masculinity workshops (coming soon!)
Exploring masculinity through culture, ethnicity, sexuality, mental health and muscularity. This is to be delivered in schools/community groups as well as online. By the end of the sessions, young people will have a critical, layered understanding of what their masculinity means to them in addition to how they can use this masculinity to be an ally to wider society.
Age range: 14-20
This is our weekly run girls-only group for 13-16 year olds, designed to empower girls and young women to make informed choices about their aspirations, relationships, health and education. The group explores the world through the eyes of women of colour, and draws upon both the challenges and opportunities that occur for young women within Bristol to develop social action projects.
Mondays @ Docklands Youth Centre, St Pauls, BS2 8UA
You’ll also see our Zazi team in schools, running workshops which explore topics such as anger management, sexuality and gender, identity, role models, drugs and gangs. This includes ‘Girl Talk 2’, a group running in schools and colleges for approximately 10 weeks.
In the light of conversations related to Black Lives Matter and racism – this is a a less formal and structured place where women of colour are able to gather, speak, and release.
Check out the short social action videos made by Zazi below: