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Sisonke Family Support Program

Reunion International Ministries, a community-based organisation is delivering a family support program, intended to support BAME families in England during this unprecedented period.

The program is being delivered under the moniker “Sisonke”. Derived from Zulu, ‘Sisonke’ means to bridge; and today, the work is commonly understood to represent togetherness, unity, solidarity, peace and love. Reunion International Ministries have secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to reach as many BAME communities as possible.

Aim Of The Project

The aim is to bridge and bring people together BAME communities affected by Covid-19 through virtual activities, small group workshops and counseling therapies. The “Sisonke” programme is a response to the increasing and disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities, especially isolation, distress, family/marriage breakdowns, illness and even death.

Current efforts to curb the pandemic have not effectively reached or met the specific needs of these people. There is an urgent need for culturally sensitive strategies to contribute toward national efforts to address systemic inequities and inequalities that disadvantage BAME populations during these difficult times.

The project will be delivered over a 12 month period from April 2021 to March 2022, targeting BAME communities in Clacton-On-Sea, Southend-On-Sea, Colchester, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and Derby.

We plan to support families and communities through:

  • A strong online network that fosters positive interaction and emotional support
  • Signposting members to essential services
  • A strong online network that fosters positive interaction and emotional support
  • Engage in community and group sessions including managing:
    • finances
    • communication
    • conflict resolution
    • digital literacy
    • parenting
    • health & well being
    • domestic and gender violence
    • career opportunities
  • Leadership/facilitator retreat and meeting
  • Family retreat
  • Face to face events


Events Delivered

Through the National Lottery Community Funding, Reunion Ministries International has delivered four Sisonke Face to face events.

Event: Sisonke Family Support  Program National Couples Retreat

Region: National

Dates: 18,19,20 March 2022

Attendees: 80 Adults (40 Couples)

Topics of discussion
The theme of the retreat was Dwelling in Unity. Facilitators led and taught key principles around living together as one in the household. As this was a 3-day event, it was action packed with loads of memorable activities.




Event: Sisonke Family Support Couples Dinner

Date night couples

Region: Midlands

Dates: 30 October 2021

Attendees: 44 Adults (22 Couples)

Topics of discussion
BAME communities and their view on funerals Reunion Ministries – who we are and our mission.
Relationship MOT – discussion on marriages and practical tips on improving your relationship. Group discussions on a variety of topics affect BAME couples, the community and our responsibilities.




Event: Sisonke Family Support Family Fun Day & Workshops

Family Fun Day

Region: North East

Dates: 09 October 2021

Attendees: 27 Adults 31 Children

Topics of discussion
Raising teenagers within the BAME community – challenges and practical tips on positive community participation. Presentation on parenting through the perspective of a BAME family. Well being and Mental Health within the BAME community.




Event: Sisonke Family Support Community BBQ

Community BBQ

Region: South East

Dates: 03 August 2021

Attendees: 28 Adults 12 Children

Topics of discussion
Presentation and discussion on Covid 19 and the update of vaccines within the BAME community.
Discussion on organ donation and its impact on minority groups. Social justice and Covid issues in Africa and the impact on supporting families located in United Kingdom.




Event: Sisonke Family Support Community BBQ

Region: North West

Dates: 05 September 2021

Attendees: 18 Adults 9 Children

Topics of discussion
BAME communities and their view on funeral policies and life insurance. BAME community members in business and running their own enterprise. Health issues within the BAME community and benefits of an active lifestyle.