Promoting Equality Respecting Diversity Embedding Inclusion



Volunteering Recognition of Ethnic Minority Older People Event

The event will be held on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, Grange Road, Falkirk, FK2 0YB.

Organised by Trust, Bield and Hanover (Scotland) for Lottery Funded Older People Services Development Project. In partnership with the Voluntary Action Fund.

For further information, please contact Rohini Sharma Joshi on 0131 444 4942 or


Trust Housing Association is Celebrating Achieving Leaders in Diversity

Trust Housing Association has become the first Scottish Housing Association to achieve Leaders in Diversity (LID) accreditation, demonstrating the association’s commitment to becoming a nationally-recognised leader in equality, diversity and inclusion.

Trust will celebrate this achievement on Wednesday 18th November 2015 at 12 New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RL. Margaret Burgess, MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, will attend as guest speaker.

For further information, please contact Laurens Bonny on 0131 444 1200 or


Celebrating Happy to Translate Mobile App Launch

The Happy to Translate Mobile App will be launched on Friday 13th November 2015 at Geoff Shaw Community Centre, 25 Kerrylamont Avenue, Glasgow, G42 0DN.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, will be attending as main guest.

For further information, please contact Laurens Bonny on 0131 444 1200 or


Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Seminar 

The Healthy Diet and Lifestyle national seminar for Ethnic Minority Older People will be held on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at Solsgirth House, Dollar, FK14 7NZ.

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Public Health will be the guest speaker at the seminar which is supported by NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government. The seminar is organised by the Older People Services Development Project jointly managed by Trust, Hanover (Scotland) and Bield Housing Associations.

For further information, please contact Laurens Bonny on 0131 444 4942 or _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Elder Abuse Information Seminar

Providing Information, Raising Awareness

The Elder Abuse Information Seminar was held on 12th May 2014 in Glasgow.

The Seminar was organised by the Big Lottery Funded Older People Services Development Project (which is jointly managed by Trust Housing Association Limited, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Limited and Bield Housing and Care) and in partnership with Age Scotland.

Our guests seen the launch of the Multilingual Information Pack on Elder Abuse by our Key note speaker Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill MSP, followed by lunch and Chinese entertainment. 

Dementia Seminar

Providing Information, Raising Awareness

The Big Lottery funded Older People Services Development Project, jointly managed by Trust Housing Association, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association and Bield Housing and Care, hosted a National Dementia Seminar for Black and Minority Ethnic Older People on 3rd July 2013 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

The occasion marked the launch of a multilingual information pack on dementia that aims to spread knowledge about the disease to BME people. 

Over 250 guests were present at this event to hear our key note speaker’s talk about Dementia and the challenges we face in society.  This was followed by lunch and finally break-out sessions to end the day.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and was a great success in spreading knowledge about Dementia for BME older people.

Information event at the Fairweather Hall

The Older People Services Development Project team held an information event on the 9th May 2013 at the Fairweather Hall in Newton Mearns, Glasgow.

With over 60 people in attendance the event focused on information for the elderly on benefits, housing and dementia, with our coordinators for the project, Neeru and Chester giving a brief presentation on their role and the changing welfare system.  This was followed by a presentation on dementia by the Dementia Services Development Centre.

The event also gave guests an understanding of the level of service to expect from a Happy to Translate member organisation.

The event was very much enjoyed by all with hot lunch, refreshments and entertainment and was a great success in raising awareness on entitlements and how to access them.


Previous Events for BME Communities

Information event for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) older people

The Equal Opportunities Programme hosted an information event for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) older people at the Ardler Community Complex in Dundee on 13 October 2010. The event invited members of the local BME communities to inform them about the work of the Programme through its various projects.

Guests were informed about Happy to Translate and what to expect from member organisations when they need information on their services.

The event was a huge success with over 120 people attending from different backgrounds, the majority of whom were older people. There were over 12 information stands from local service providers including Care & Repair (HTT Member), Tayside Fire & Rescue (HTT Member), Dundee City Council, the Pension Service and many others. Servite Housing Association took the opportunity to launch their recent enrolment of the initiative. Housing Services Director, Tim Calderbank, confirmed the commitment of the Association to providing access to services to all communities and spoke about how HTT will help to underpin that commitment.

Ochil View and Forth housing associations recently held a joint multi-cultural event at Raploch Community Campus, raising awareness of the pioneering Happy to Translate (HTT) language service.

Multi Cultural EventGuests from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Stirling & Clackmannanshire Councils, Central Scotland Police and the Central Scotland Racial Equality Council, heard speakers explain Happy to Translate, a service which aims ultimately to overcome language barriers, and enable good customer service to be provided to all, whatever their nationality.

Staff from both housing associations have been trained to use the Happy to Translate toolkit and intranet. This enables staff to determine the language spoken by the customer and the services required. Point pages can be downloaded from the intranet, and these enable staff and customers to have a conversation and most importantly, understand each other.

Priscilla Maramba, Central Scotland Racial Equality Council said:

"It is important to have initiatives like Happy to Translate which help effective communication and promote access to information, and services to all."

Guests were entertained by Indian and Chinese Dancers. Students from Raploch Community Campus prepared a buffet reflecting the nationalities in attendance.

Rohini Sharma Joshi, Housing Equal Opportunities Manager, HTT, said:

"It has been great to work with Forth and Ochil View on this multi-cultural partnership event. Forth and Ochil View are building links and trust with communities, through initiatives like HTT, and are demonstrating they are organisations which value diversity."

Pictured from left to right are speakers at the event: Gordon Mason, Chair, Forth Housing Association; Helena Buckley, Vice Chair, Central Scotland Racial Equality Council; Priscilla Maramba, Employment Development Officer, Central Scotland Racial Equality Council; Rohini Sharma Joshi, Housing Equal Opportunities Manager, Trust Housing Association and Teresa McNally, Chair, Ochil View Housing Association.