BME elders housing and health promotion project

Housing Learning and Improvement Network
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This case study describes a project to explore the housing needs and future housing aspirations of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in Oldham. The project also looked at the potential to facilitate healthy lifestyle behaviour change within these communities, through Outreach Support Staff and the provision of culturally and religiously specific awareness and information sessions. The project was jointly delivered by Oldham Council, Housing & Care 21, Aksa, OHIP, and the Clinical Commissioning Group during 2014 and 2016. A number of key outcomes were identified from the project. These included: an identified need for a culturally sensitive dementia awareness package, utilizing the experience of Bangladeshi and Pakistani people; the development of a pioneering pathway to communicate with local mosques and involve them in the local health and housing agendas; successfully using a grassroots approach to communicate with established groups and raise awareness of healthy lifestyle behaviour among BME communities; and raising awareness of sheltered schemes and extra care housing. (Edited publisher abstract)

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black and minority ethnic people, South Asian people, housing, needs, outreach services, dementia, cultural identity, health education, religious beliefs;
Content type:
practice example
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Housing LIN case study 13

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