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WOMEN from ethnic minority groups can get health support from a new group.

The World in a Story initiative, run by the Portsmouth Self-Advocacy Group, has received £9,750 funding from the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.

The grant will support black and minority ethnic women to open a weekly support forum, welcome newcomers, maintain good mental health and provide information.

As part of a one-year scheme starting in September, the grant will cover 50 four-hour sessions which will be held once a week. Up to 10 advisors and 30 women are expected to attend weekly.

It will take place in the Landport Community Centre.

Fran May, project leader and voluntary fundraiser for the Portsmouth Self-Advocacy Group, said: ‘It has been recognised nationally that BME communities do not access NHS services as effectively as others in the community.

‘It will support good mental health and overcome feelings of isolation, and provide information to others about how to access local health services.’