Studies show that elder people from Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities are not achieving equal access to social services, health care and economic services.
The numbers of BME elders in the UK are increasing significantly and by 2030, the minority elder population in the UK will have increased tenfold, from 175,000 to over 1.7 million. The greatest part of that increase will take place in the next 15 years.
The challenge to Government, voluntary sector and individuals is to:
– Better meet the diverse needs of this increasing population
– Help minority ethnic organisations themselves to understand more about ageing, older people and the services available to them
– Ensure the voices of ethnic elders are heard by key decision makers
(Source: Age Concern 2006)
“Working and caring for older people is a worthwhile and fulfilling occupation in itself. However, the opportunities to develop a career within the social and health care sector are vast. If we encourage others to care we can add great value to the lives of BME elders.”
Joy White – One Spare Chair Training Limited
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