"Connecting cultures, using diversity as an asset"

Track Record

EMAN CIC is a Community Interest Company established in 2010 to support people from the South Asian communities in Essex.  Any profits generated by our catering service and sales of homemade food or handmade crafts are invested into our projects to directly benefit our clients.

EMAN's Director, Rizwana Siddiqui has many years' experience of community engagement and health promotion activities across Mid Essex.   

Previous achievements include:

Community Skills Development Programme - supported by Essex County Council via the Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities Fund (NLDC).  This project aimed to develop culturally appropriate "cottage industry" skills for South Asian communities to aid employment prospects, build confidence, support new BME entrepreneurs and promote social inclusion.   

Over three years, skills development classes were offered in Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Maldon.  

Topics included basic English, first aid, an introduction to computers, sewing, jewellery and flower making, beauty therapy, Indian head massage, and reflexology.

Aagahee or Information Project - a collaboration between the NHS Mid Essex Community Development Programme and Moulsham High School - to tackle issues including domestic abuse and truancy as highlighted by the school.  Group members were supported to build confidence and seek help.

Drop-in Sessions for BME communities, organised in partnership with Chelmsford MIND and NHS Mid Essex.  During the project's 18 months duration, more than 80 individuals from BME communities visited Chelmsford MIND for the first time and this resulted in the development of several support groups for carers.