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03 Sep 2020

Understanding what ageing in place means for BAME communities

On Tuesday 25th August, we hosted our conference on what ageing in place means for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. We hosted speakers from across the country to share their learning on a number of topics relating to minority ethnic groups.


The event was led by Ambition for Ageing and the Zebra Partnership, delivered on behalf of the Ageing Better programme which is a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.


After an introduction from our Chair, Atiha Chaudry, GM BAME Network, we watched a short video from Ageing Better Hackney, before moving into workshops;


•    Oasis Talk Bristol led ‘Connecting with Older BAME communities to improve their Wellbeing’
•    Health for All, Leeds led ‘Setting up and running a BAME Seniors Network’
•    Ageing Better Hackney led ‘Windrush: stories of a Hackney Generation’
•    Ageing Better Sheffield led ‘A Better Life – Supporting financial inclusion and building stronger communities’
•    Ageing Better Middlesbrough led ‘Supporting older asylum seekers and refugees’


Health for All, Leeds, also shared a short video about Leeds-based Chinese seniors project, Lychee Red.


Sophie Yarker, Ambition for Ageing’s Researcher based at the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) then led the launch of our new report, Ageing in Place for Minority Ethnic communities: the importance of social infrastructure, which you can read by clicking here.


We heard from Leicester Ageing Together, Healthwatch Camden and the Ashiana Community Project, who all contributed to the Ageing in Place research project. Read their individual reports here. 


Europia, a Manchester based organisation, shared learning on sharing information with people for whom English is a second language during a crisis. Watch the short video here. 


Finally, Patrick Vernon OBE, the Centre for Ageing Better, delivered the keynote speech.


Closing the conference was Poet Shirley May who delivered some poetry from her book, She wrote her own eulogy.


We would like to thank our Chair, all our speakers and everyone who attended. 


Click here to download our event brochure which includes the full conference programme, an introduction from our keynote speaker, speakers bios and more!


The recording of the event will be available shortly.