Dr Helen Skirrow
National Institute of Health Research Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow & Public Health Medicine Specialist Registrar
'I have worked with The Mosaic Community Trust for the last 4 years. As a clinical researcher at Imperial College London The Mosaic Trust community advocates provide a bridge between my research and the local community in and around Church Street, Westminster. Mosaic enables my research to become more relevant to the issues facing local families and facilitates true public involvement and not just tokenistic patient participation. I cannot praise Lena, Habiba, Fahmida, Louise and the wider Mosaic team for the dedicated work they do for the local community.'
W9W2, Editor Maida unveiled, Psychotherapist
'I have worked throughout the pandemic alongside the Mosaic Community Trust and witnessed first hand the essential role they play in the community. This small charity packs a mighty punch, bridging gaps in Westminster's overlooked and vulnerable places. Their work is agile and extraordinary, punctuated with themes of inclusivity and empowerment, apparent in everything they do. I cannot praise Lena, Habiba, Fahmida, Louise and the wider Mosaic team for the dedicated work they do for the local community.'
Patient Experience Research Centre, Imperial College, London
In image from L to R: Naima Adan (Community Engagement Officer), Fola Afolabi (Public Involvement Officer), Maria Piggin (Training & Partnerships Manager), Halle Johnson (Public Involvement Officer)
We were first introduced to Lena in April 2018 when Lena attended a EIT Health funded Co-Creating Innovative Solutions for Health course where Lena also met Dr Helen Skirrow where their collaboration began on the MatImms project which continues today. From our initial conversations with Lena and then other members of the wonderful team at the Mosaic Community Trust we immediately became aware of their passion and dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of their local community. United by our shared goal of improving health outcomes in West London our relationship has grown over the last few years and it has been an absolute pleasure to work more closely with the team. Most recently we have collaboratively developed a series of health and wellbeing awareness sessions on priority areas of health for the community, such as breast cancer and long COVID, through which we have educated the local community and also informed local researchers and NHS services on the challenges, concerns and experiences of the community to improve research and clinical care. We very much look forward to working with Mosaic into the future.