This research project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and led by GMCVO project Ambition for Ageing explored the types of social infrastructure that people aged 50 and over from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) communities use in specific places.
The aim of the project was to understand how BAME-led organisations engage with members from their community and how this might have changed over time, and to explore how individuals from BAME communities use places, organisations and services for social contact and interaction.
The project is a part of Ageing Better, which is a National Lottery Community Fund programme which funds fourteen partnerships across the UK, one of which is Ambition for Ageing
Five of these fourteen partnerships are taking part in this BAME research project; Birmingham, Camden, Hackney, Leicester and Manchester.
In Birmingham, Ashiana Community Project explored BAME-led organisation in Sparkbrook, and South Asian individuals in this area.
In Camden, Camden Healthwatch explored BAME-led organisations in Camden and members of the Bangladeshi community.
In Hackney, Community Advance Project explored BAME-led organisations in Hackney and Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot individuals in the Dalston ward.
In Leicester, Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health explored BAME-led organisations in Spinney Hills, Wycliffe and Belgrave and South Asian individuals in these areas.
In Manchester, The Manchester BME Network explored BAME-led organisations in Levenshulme and Longsight and South Asian individuals in these areas.
You can read these reports below.
An Ambition for Ageing Researcher based at MICRA has conducted a meta-analysis of these five reports resulting in the final report, Ageing in Place for Minority Ethnic communities: The importance of social infrastructure. Read it here.
*GMCVO uses the BAME abbreviation as we believe it is widely understood, but we acknowledge many feel this term is inadequate and limiting. We are therefore currently reviewing of our use of the term. Our principle is to refer to individuals, organisations or networks by the terminology they themselves prefer.