The Quest Program for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Gay Men

Posted on November 15, 2016 by The Quest

“The Quest ……. which focuses on encouraging feelings of identity authenticity, was successful in reducing feelings of internalised homophobia, which the present project and previous research have both identified as a key factor underpinning decreased wellbeing among BME MSM”
– Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men, Project evaluation and systematic review (Public Health England, De Montfort University), May 2016

In 2015, The Quest was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to deliver its flagship “The Quest Program” to Black, Asian and Minority Ethinic gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM). The final report from the evaluation can be found here.

Due to the overwhelming requests that have come in over the past year to deliver the program again, and following on from the feedback in the evaluation report, we will be running a subsidized BAME The Quest Program in 2017. This has been made possible by donations from Friends of The Quest initiative, along with our commitment following on from the PHE study.

When: Friday 21 July 2017 (7pm – 10pm), Saturday 22 July 2017 (10am – 6.00pm), Sunday 23 July 2017 (10am – 5.30pm); follow-up integration session Thursday 10 Aug 2017 (7pm – 10pm).

Final date for registrations – Fri 14 July

Click here for more information, dates and registration details.


The Quest Program

“The Quest Workshop is a transforming voyage of Self rediscovery, reconnection, realignment and reignition” – Ade Adeniji, Co-Founder.

“We call this an ‘intervention’. A way of pressing a ‘reset’ button for our lives” – Darren Brady, Co-Founder.

The Quest Program for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Gay Men starts with pre-work, which participants are sent daily, a week before the workshop commences. The program is held over 2.5 days – Friday evening (7pm – 10pm), Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (10am – 5.30pm); along with a 3-hour follow-up session, three weeks after the initial exploration. Participants are expected to attend all the sessions.

The journey is exhilarating and life-changing – also intense, revealing, nurturing and profound, all experienced from within the comfort of a safe and intimate environment.

The program processes include discussions in small and large groups, storytelling, psychological exploration, book-work, journaling, coaching and self-reflection.

img_0136OUR APPROACH

We guide the group through a series of carefully constructed activities that constructively reveal a different way forward.

During the journey, The Quest uses a map comprising of four main ‘ports of call’ (or significant milestones) – Investigate, Explore, Release and Cultivate – each port serving as a platform to help you better understand your past and fully step into your present.

  • Investigate’ the past, looking at the significant moments and experiences that impacted their childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.
  • Explore’ the present, by casting a critical eye over in their respective lives.
  • An opportunity to safely work through the pain and ‘Release’ the underlying toxicity that can prohibit them from leading a truly fulfilled life.
  • By creating valuable insights and life-skills each participant will become the true architect of their lives and ‘Cultivate’ an authentic way of living.

YOUR JOURNEY

By attending this interactive and engaging program, participants will:

    • Gain a deeper understanding of how their upbringing and culture has impacted their emotional development
    • Develop an increased awareness of their behaviour and emotions
    • Be engaged in a healing process with other men from similar backgrounds
    • Identify tools to improve their sense of self and their relationships
    • Gain clarity on next steps for themselves, their relationships, and the world they live in
    • Experience the support and intimacy of a group of BAME gay men
    • Create a positive and supportive new network
    • Gain a greater sense of living as a BAME gay man in today’s world

img_0138WHEN

  • Friday 21 July 2017 (7pm – 10pm)
  • Saturday 22 July 2017 (10am – 6.00p
  • Sunday 23 July 2017 (10am – 5.30pm)
  • Follow-up integration session: Thursday 10 Aug 2017 (7pm – 10pm)

REGISTRATION FEE

  • Standard: £150
  • Reduced: £100 (low-waged, students, retired, disability allowance)
  • Bursary: £50 (limited financial means)

If you have any questions about the workshop, you can email – admin@thequestawaitsyou.com


“The Quest ……. which focuses on encouraging feelings of identity authenticity, was successful in reducing feelings of internalised homophobia, which the present project and previous research have both identified as a key factor underpinning decreased wellbeing among BME MSM”
Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men, Project evaluation and systematic review (Public Health England, De Montfort University), May 2016


Testimonials from participants of the previous BAME Programs

“Really fantastic – I knew it would be life-changing; it has been”

“Enriching and transforming”

“Loving, Caring, Nurturing, Supportive, Wonderful”

“Unique, Special, Powerful”

“Challenging, Supportive & Rich”

“Powerful, Moving, Challenging and Yes, at times uncomfortable; but it is reality”

“Amazing – such shared experiences and no need to explain why and how things happen”

“Insightful, Revolutionary, Supportive”

How would you describe your overall experience of being on the program with other BAME Gay? (responses from previous participants)

  • Inspiring!
  • One of the best that I have had!
  • Emotional, open and I could allow myself to be vulnerable, Non-judgmental
  • Strengthening! Thank you for creating a nourishing, supportive and open atmosphere
  • It was great. I found Ade and Darren to be really friendly, approcachable and enthusiastic. Thank you for the support.
  • Revealing and useful
  • Amazing! I would highly recommend it as the cultural aspects of upbringing did not need to be explained – participants ‘just understood’
  • Amazing, Enriching time to be with people from different backgorunds, but shared common experiences.
  • I really enjoyed it and have left with some real challenges ahead. Its great I have a sponsor and a tribe to help me through. Facilitators were great.
  • I would recommend it to others. It has certainly helped me on my journey. Thank you for the opportunity.
  • I enjoyed being with other BME men
  • Definitely felt I could relate with every person on at least one occasion.PHE Montage 3

 

 

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