Ambition for Ageing Seminar: Social isolation and older BAME communities

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This is the first seminar in the 2018 Spring/ Summer series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

Older BAME (Black, Asian and Minority ethnic) residents experience social isolation on a number of fronts for a variety of reasons. This seminar will discuss findings from recent research into exactly why this is taking place and considers some steps that might be taken to alleviate it.

Given that the recent research cites inequalities as the main cause of social isolation, it is critical that we understand the underlying factors that make ageing populations from BAME communities across Greater Manchester vulnerable to isolation. Only then can we put in place the most effective frameworks and support structures to overcome the specific barriers, disadvantages and exclusions particular to this community.

After hearing from our two speakers, an open group discussion will take place exploring how Greater Manchester can start adapting now in order to serve all its BAME citizens equally, moving forwards.


  • 10:30 – 11:00 
    Welcome by Camilla Lewis and Natalie Cotterell, MICRA, University of Manchester.
    Launch and key findings from research report:
    Social isolation among older BAME communities in Greater Manchester.
  • 11:00 – 12:15
    Dr Nafhesa Ali, University of Sheffield:
    'Older South Asian migrants women’s experience of old age and ageing: exploring gender and migration'
  • 12:15 – 1:00 - Lunch and networking
  • 1:00 – 2:15
    Prof. Christina Victor, Brunel University:
    How does social isolation affect older BAME communities?

  • 2.15 – 3.00
    Group discussion:
    ‘Next Steps for tackling social isolation affecting BAME communities in Greater Manchester.’    

About our speakers

Dr Nafhesa Ali

Nafhesa Ali gained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Huddersfield in 2015. Her particular area of interest was the experience of ageing among older (60-90 years) settled migrant women from Pakistan and India. She has also project managed an oral history Heritage Lottery Funded research project called Asian Voices. Nafhesa is currently a post-doctoral research associate with the University of Sheffield.

Prof Christina Victor

Christina is a Professor of Gerontology and Public Health and Vice Dean (Research) at the Brunel University Institute for Ageing Studies. She is also Ageing Studies Theme Leader at the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies. Originally a geographer, Christina’s research interests today focus on loneliness and isolation, the benefits of exercise and activity in later life and the experiences of old age and later life amongst minority communities. Christine works in close partnership with Ecorys, the lead contractor for the Big Lottery’s £70m strategic investment programme, Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better, created to support older people in England.

To book your place at this seminar, please follow this link at the top or bottom of this page. If you have any questions or would like to be booked onto the course, please contact Juliette on or 0161 277 1001.

PLEASE NOTE: As these seminars are public events, we are unable to pay travel expenses. 

18th April, 2018 10:30 AM through  3:00 PM
Mechanics Centre Ltd
103 Princess Street
(Major Street entrance)
Manchester, M1 6DD
Phone: 0161 277 1001

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