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13 May 2019

BAME Communities: Ageing in Place



Exploring the social infrastructure that enables BAME communities to age in place.


Call for research project proposals


GMCVO is seeking organisations with strong links into Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and who can engage with the BAME-led organisations in the stated areas (see table 1) in Birmingham, Camden, Hackney, Leicester and Manchester.


Can your organisation:


  • Engage with specific BAME communities in one or more of the areas and encourage community members to take part in the study?
  • Interview BAME-led organisations to understand how they engage with members from their community and how this might have changed over time
  • Analyse the data from the interviews and present in a report about the communities in that area


We have already designed the research, we are looking for an organisation that has links with the target communities in the specified areas.


This research project is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by National Lottery Community Fund to develop creative ways for people aged 50 and over to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness.


There are 14 local partnerships delivering Ageing Better across England and 5 of these are taking part in this project: Birmingham, Camden, Hackney, Leicester and Manchester.


  • £10,000 is available in each area for organisations to deliver this piece of research
  • Projects will be delivered between July 2019 and October 2019


There are two parts to the research:


  • Part 1: Interviewing BAME-led organisations in the specified area to understand how these organisations engage with members from their community aged 50 and over and how this might have changed over time.
  • Part 2: Carrying out qualitative interviews with individuals aged 50 and over from the stated BAME communities to identify and explore the places, organisations and services they use for social contact and interaction


What makes a good place in which to grow older, for people who belong to minority communities?


Table 1:


Area and description


Contact Organisation


For part 1, organisations: Sparkbrook and Balsall Health East and Sparkhill (2 areas)

All BAME-led organisations

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC)

For part 2, individuals:

Sparkbrook and Balsall Health East and Sparkhill (2 areas)

Any South Asian


For part 1, organisations: Camden (whole area)


All BAME-led organisations

Age UK Camden

For part 2, individuals: Regents Park and St Pancras and Somers Town (2 areas)

For part 2, individuals: Bangladeshi community*


For part 1, organisations:

Hackney (whole area)


All BAME-led organisations

Hackney CVS

For part 2, individuals:

Dalston ward



For part 1, organisations: Spinney Hills, Wycliffe and Belgrave (3 areas)


All BAME-led organisations

Vista (Leicester Ageing Together)

For part 2, individuals: Spinney Hills, Wycliffe and Belgrave (3 areas)

Any South Asian


For part 1, organisations:

Levenshulme and Longsight

(2 areas)


All BAME-led organisations

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)


For part 2, indivduals; 

Levenshulme and Longsight

(2 areas)

Any South Asian  


How to apply


To find out more and apply, email for a pack which includes:


  • Call for research projects (requirements, eligibility, application process, timeline)
  • Application form and assessment criteria
  • Basic information and due diligence form




Your application must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 21st June


Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.




If you have any questions about the process, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page here


If you can’t find your answer in the FAQs, please email your question to and you will receive a response within 2 working days.


We will publish all questions and answers anonymously on the FAQs page.


The final date for submitting questions is Monday 17th June 2019. We will not be able to answer questions submitted after this date.