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02 Feb 2021

New briefing: What works in tackling social isolation of older people in Bangladeshi Communities

Older people in small, tight-knit marginalised ethnic minority communities are at higher risk of social isolation, and some community members are at particularly high risk due to intersecting barriers from multiple factors.


Our new briefing shares transferable learning from our Community Navigators project delivered by British Red Cross, that worked with small, tight-knit ethnic minority communities – Bangladeshi communities – in Greater Manchester.


With the Bangladeshi communities we worked with, we found group work was successful but individual referral schemes were rejected. A ‘one size fits all’ approaches to building social connection will not work with all communities and may disadvantage some of the most marginalised people who stand to benefit the most from increased connection.


The briefings shares recommendations around how you can work effectively with small, tight-knit communities by working in a culturally sensitive way, and being creative and adaptable to reach those most at risk of social isolation.


Click here to visit our Resources page to download the report.