Our newest report, Ageing in Place for Minority Ethnic communities explores the importance of social infrastructure, such as shops, community centres, and green spaces, for older members of minority ethnic communities.
It is important for older people with a shared cultural identity to have places where they can meet to maintain their sense of identity and relationships with others who share some form of commonality. These shared spaces informal social connections, which are very important for people to feel a sense of connection to the neighbourhoods in which they live.
As lockdown restrictions begin to lift, it is important that the planning and re-design of public and shared spaces are invested in and supported to ensure there is a social space for local people.
The research also highlights the importance of local voluntary organisations working with minority ethnic groups. Specialist funding and support is vital for these organisations to continue their work within communities. Given the impact of COVID-19 on minority ethnic groups, these organisations need to be engaged in the rebuilding of communities.
Read the report here: www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/ageinginplace
On 25th August 2020, we launched this report at our event, BAME Ageing in the Community. The event featured speakers from across the Ageing Better partnership on topics ranging from setting up BAME Networks to funding culturally-specific financial inclusion projects in addition to an introduction to the findings of the report from the report authors and a workshop on next steps led by our keynote speaker, Patrick Vernon OBE.
We are excited to share that the recording of the event, including the workshops, is now available online in a handy YouTube playlist so you can watch back some or all of the event. You can find it here.