Palava Tree Webinar -Managing Anxiety Whilst Black

Palava Tree is a series of topical meetings for people of African and African-Caribbean heritage.

How are you doing? No, really doing? 2020 was tough on people of African and Caribbean heritage in ways that can only be described as uniquely layered. For some, this is nothing new. This session will provide a space for women and men (18+) of African and Caribbean backgrounds to come together and share how anxiety manifests from historical, spiritual and patriarchal perspectives. We will raise our awareness to the triggers during this pandemic. We will also be developing a toolkit for you to take your ‘lived experience’ to a manageable level.

Bea Udeh is a Derby-based artist and project manager using her professional multi-disciplinary experience to empower and connect people, especially under-represented voices, through creative facilitation, mindful activism and social media projects. Bea’s first poetry collection, ‘Dream-Drops and Doodles on Okra’ was published in August 2019 by Big White Shed which she uses in leadership, creative and self-care workshops.


Palava Tree discusses issues around mental health, physical health, community discussions, lifestyle and COVID 19 effects on the community. It is a safe space to speak out, discuss and share experiences and combat isolation.

Activities are designed to gain more information and approach the pandemic through critical reflection and through peer support and discussions. In addition, participants are able to acquire tools and practices to live healthier and more balanced.


We are creating a safe space for people of African and Caribbean heritage to discuss these topics. The project is created for participants in the Midlands. Spaces are limited and to confirm your space, we will send you instructions to sign up to our online platform.

This project is made possible through funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.