Later Matters: Tackling Racial Inequality
Later Matters - Tackling Race Inequalities for BME Older People
With funding from Communities and Local Government, Age Concern Yorkshire and Humber managed an exciting new project, helping organisations which provide health and social care services to make their services easier to access for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) older people.
We helped organisations to understand how they can make their services easier to access and will give them advice and training.
Later Matters aimed to:
- raise awareness of service provision within the region and increase opportunities for partnership working
- give BME elders, carers and organisations a voice in the design and quality of services available to them; and
- provide organisations with a resource to measure how accessible their services are to BME older people and plan for future improvements
Progress Measure and Good Practice Guidance
The progress measure and good practice guidance utilise the existing body of research on barriers to health and social care services for BME older people and have been developed through consultation with BME elders, carers and staff from organisations delivering health and social care services in Yorkshire and Humberside.
The progress measure provides the opportunity to undertake a gap analysis of a service in relation to BME older people, plus practical information and guidance on good practice for service providers from both statutory and voluntary sectors on addressing these issues. It is not a test, simply an effective method of looking at how accessible a service or organisation is to BME older people and to start addressing gaps or barriers identified, as appropriate to different organisations and local areas.
The Later Matters Project is committed to continuous evaluation and review. The Project Evaluation Report has been produced by Age UK to identify and evaluate the outcomes of the project in its first year and assess the impact of the project on participating organisations.
This project is funded by the Communities and Local Government Tackling Race Inequalities Fund.