Strengthening relationships with the community
Date: 20 December 2019
Photo: Imam Ali and Dorothy Hosein, EEAST Chief Executive.
Paramedics have demonstrated life-saving equipment and shared healthy living advice during a special visit to Cambridge Central Mosque arranged to further strengthen the East of England Ambulance Service’s (EEAST) relationship with the communities it serves.
Dorothy Hosein, EEAST Chief Executive together with paramedic colleagues and Carol Anderson, Director of Quality, Patient Safety and Experience with Cambridge and Peterborough CCG, visited the mosque to meet Muslim community leaders last Friday.
They were greeted by Imam Sejad and took part in the first wider community group tour since the official opening of the mosque earlier this month. During the visit, Imam Sejad explained the mosque’s significance at the centre of the Muslim community, before visitors were invited to climb aboard an ambulance, get hands-on with life-saving techniques and learn about life as a paramedic.
During the visit, Imam Sejad accepted an invitation to join the Trust’s multi faith group to offer support for Muslim and other colleagues.
Imam Sejad said: “I am absolutely delighted to have established this collaboration with EEAST and I hope that we will host events regularly throughout the year. The paramedics’ demonstrations of life saving equipment were fascinating and educational.
“They provided a real insight to how we can help to keep ourselves healthy and, through getting involved with the ambulance service, help others in an emergency. Today has given everyone from all parties things to reflect on.”
Photo: EEAST Paramedic checking blood pressure with Imam Ali
Dorothy said: “It is an honour for me and EEAST to be so warmly welcomed to Cambridge Central Mosque and to see the building’s stunning architecture and environmental features. On behalf of the Trust, I want to reach out to those of all faiths and none to talk about our vital work in the community and how we can engage more productively.
“We want our workforce and our life-saving volunteers to be truly representative of the communities we serve. From discussions at the mosque, I know this is a shared vision and we look forward to working together in the future.”
The visit was organised by Kevin O’Sullivan, a HART paramedic and member of the Trust’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees (BME) network.
Kevin added: “It’s so important that as a Trust, we continue to work towards being intolerant of intolerance in our everyday work. By creating dialogue and making ourselves more aware of the cultures and traditions across the region we serve, we will break down barriers to build a more just and mutually respectful society that we all want to see. It will also bring real practical benefits across the organisation.”
Dorothy and Kevin will meet with the Bedford Council of Faiths in January to continue these discussions.
Paramedics have demonstrated life-saving equipment and shared healthy living advice during a special visit to Cambridge Central Mosque.