Here are some upcoming projects from community group IMO.

As part of the Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, Blackburn based IMO have announced face to face delivery to their Young Minds project.

The aim of the project is to support the health and wellbeing of young people aged 11-13. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the mental health of young people leaving many feeling anxious, nervous and worried about the future.

The project will educate the young people to be resilient and more aware of themselves and their surroundings. It will allow them to discuss their opinions and feelings in a non-judgmental and open environment, where they can feel safe and talk openly.

The young people will explore topics such as anxiety, stress, loneliness, Covid, food, mood, bullying and the impact it can have on a young person’s life. They will also learn about time management, mindfulness, social media and relationships. The aim is to help develop their confidence, social skills, resilience and determination.

The overall aim is to help young people develop a positive mind-set, so they can become successful and confident individuals who are empowered to tackle the challenges they face post COVID-19.

Participation is entirely voluntary. Referrals are welcomed. 

For more information regarding enrolment and to reserve your place please contact: Farhana Patel on 01254 781 310 or

Women 4 Women - East Lancashire

IMO have announcedtheir a new Women 4 Women course starting soon in Burnley and Hyndburn.

Women 4 Women sessions will be delivered on a weekly basis. 

All activities take place with strict adherence to the official guidance given by the UK Government and Public Health. IMO will observe safe social distancing and will supply hand sanitisers and face masks which will be available in the training rooms.

This course is delivered over 8 weeks and is based around peer support and the five ways to well-being.  It is aimed at BAME women who are in the 18+ age group.  The purpose is to help them improve their health and wellbeing.  

The topics covered are aimed at overcoming issues such as feelings of isolation, stress, anxiety and low mood. The sessions are always interactive, engaging and learners will get to experience different activities such as crochet, hijab styling, cooking and Reflexology.

Feedback from a participant (NR) in the last cohort commented, “The course has made me more aware of who I am and how valuable I am, which I tend to forget as a mother. It’s taught me to be assertive and how to say NO politely. I’ve learnt not to overburden myself and stay positive!”

Participation is entirely voluntary. Referrals are welcomed. 

For registration please click here

For more information regarding enrolment and to reserve your place please contact: Fatima Patel on 01254 781 310 / 07719 322 569 or

IMO are grateful to Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust for supporting this work

Diabetes Community Champions

As part of the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, IMO are seeking enthusiastic individuals to become Diabetes Community Champions and help raise awareness of Diabetes in Accrington and surrounding areas.

As a champion you will help educate members of your community and raise awareness of Diabetes and the IMO Diabetes project.

If you would like to become a Diabetes Community Champion, please refer to the poster below on who we need?, what IMO will provide? and what age you have to be?.

For more information, please email 

IMO are grateful to East Lancashire CCG for supporting this work.