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Project Zazi is the name for our work with young black people and young people of colour and supports them in exploring culture and identity and tackling issues of inequality and oppression.


Zazi means ‘Know Yourself, Know Your Strength’. The project offers a mix of one-to-one support and different kinds of group work (both digital and face-to-face). In all these spaces we aim to provide safe and brave atmospheres 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.


Therapies

1:1 Talking Therapies

Zazi 1:1 is a safe, supportive, non-judgemental, confidential space, to talk with a therapist of colour. We offer support with any issues impacting your mental health and wellbeing. Our primary focus is to give you a space where you feel seen, heard, respected and valued. Where you have the opportunity to freely express, explore, discover, and understand your experiences and any current difficulties you may be having. Our hope is you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself, feel empowered and supported on your journey of recovery and healing.

The Zazi therapy space is Informed by intersectionality (how our different social identities mix/overlap i.e race, gender,class, disability) We follow a “A black empathic approach” (Mavinga 2009) which recognises, values and sensitively responds to the complexities of racial and cultural experiences of young people who identify as Black, African, South Asian, Caribbean or a person of colour. To sign up, head to the 1:1 Therapies page and click the pink ‘sign up’ button at the top of the page. 

LI CBT

1-1 Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LI CBT): CBT is a type of talking therapy that identifies and changes patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are getting in the way of a young person feeling good. Zazi qualified and trainee wellbeing practitioners work with young Black people and young people of colour to take racism, belonging and intersecting identities into account when we apply the CBT model to low mood and worries. We offer 6-8 weekly sessions of various LI CBT interventions to give young black people and young people of colour the tools to better manage their mental health. Sign up through the button at the top of the page.


Hall of Magnificence 

This year, we are formally launching our “Hall of Magnificence” as a way of celebrating and honouring some of the young people who make our city such an incredible space to live in.

We will be celebrating 25 young people this October in conjunction and celebration with our Black History Month programme. We want to hear from YOU as members of our community to hear who you think deserves to be named on this list.

​If you know of a young person of colour aged between 11-25 who’s work and/or contributions deserve to be celebrated, our nominations are now open until September 20th!

Find out more and nominate here

Groups

Speaker’s Corner

Speaker’s Corner is a safe space for black people and people of colour to discuss identity in a non-judgmental way with the focus being on you and your views. In these virtual sessions we discuss and debate various aspects of culture such as – where do we feel like we belong? How can we feel safe? What does a healthy relationship look like? What are the impacts of expectations from others? How does gender play a role in our identity? Is it okay to forgive? How can we heal?

This group is aimed at young people aged 16-25 and takes place online, on Tuesday evenings. Those who identify as male, female and non-binary are all welcome!
Starts Tuesday 3rd August.
Sign up through the button at the top of the page.

Masculinity Groups

Our masculinity sessions look at what it means to be a “man” from multiple vantage points. We explore patriarchy, misogyny, mental health, relationships, culture and self expression within our sessions. Our aim is to help unpack the issues associated with masculinity, so that young men can become allies within their social spaces, and also advocate and cultivate authentic, unapologetic, meaningful masculine expression. This group works with young, identifying men aged between 17-22.
Starts Monday 26th July.
Sign up through the button at the top of the page.

Chat Bout

Chat Bout is a series of workshops, aimed at girls and young womxn, thinking about the lived experiences of Black People and People of colour and how some of the common themes that contribute to poor mental health is gendered and therefore intersectional. Some of the themes that will be interrogated are race and racism, colourism, beauty politics, role models, cultural norms, consent, gender and sexuality and more. For young people aged 16 – 25.
Starts Thursday 29th July.
Sign up through the button at the top of the page.

Expressions

Identity has always been expressed through creativity, and spoken word and poetry in particular has been at the forefront of some of the most politically engaged movements while at the same time, it has been used as a tool for well being and wellness. With this in mind, Expressions seeks to explore identity, challenge society and affirm selfhood while supporting mental health. Participants will work collaboratively to express themselves through the art of discussion, writing and performance. For 12+ years
Starts Wednesday 28th July at Docklands Youth Centre.
Sign up through the button at the top of the page.

Social Action Projects

Our social action sessions unpack elements of culture and mental health to support young people in becoming the change that they want to see in the world. Our sessions look at campaigning, activism, culture, history and intersectionality as components and accelerants of change. This project works with Black People and Young People of Colour aged 15-21.
Register your interest through the sign up button at the top of the page and someone will get back to you.

Tailored One-Off Sessions

Project Zazi also offer specific interventions to young people in relation to advocacy and mentoring. Support sessions around identity, activism and combating discrimination are ways in which we currently support young people.
Register your interest through the sign up button at the top of the page and someone will get back to you.


Our Resources

Black Bristol

Black Bristol is an interactive digital exhibition put together by project Zazi and the Black community of Bristol with the aim of creating a narrative that is owned and controlled by the people. It provides an introduction to Black history in the city and acknowledges and celebrates how it has been shaped by the Black community across time. You can view the Black Bristol website here.

The Zazi Library

The Zazi Library is a digital catalogue of all of Team Zazi’s favourite pieces of media! Inside there are books, interviews, poems, comics and graphic novels and also digital pieces such as podcasts, Instagram accounts and YouTube channels etc. It’s updated quarterly so do check regularly! Download it from the download section on this page. 

Amplify Podcast 

The Amplify podcast amplifies the voices of prominent black young people and people of colour in the city of Bristol and is well worth a listen. Listen here.

Questions? Email zazi@otrbristol.org.uk

"The group talks about real things that matter to me, stuff that we don't get to focus on anywhere else. I really like coming and the team are really nice and supportive"
Jamal, 15
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