Promoting Equality Respecting Diversity Embedding Inclusion


“Keeping body and soul together" reports on the challenges faced by Scotland’s ethnic minority older people

Trust Housing and Scottish Care, today (31st October, 2019) launch the 9th Care Cameo in theCare Cameo series, a programme of papers by care professionals, designed to foster debate on some of the most important issues associated with the delivery of care and support for older people across Scotland. It was launched at the Scottish Parliament event, sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP.  

Today’s Care Cameo, entitled “Keeping body and soul together”, reviews the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual care needs of ethnic minority older people in Scotland and has been researched and written by Rohini Sharma Joshi FICH, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Trust Housing.

Rohini has extensive experience of working and engaging with hundreds of ethnic minority older people to listen to their concerns about care and housing and to define what they needed to restore their dignity, self-esteem and independence. “Keeping body and soul together” draws together some of the key concerns that were reported directly by older people.

Pictured: Rohini Sharma Joshi, Rhona McLeod CEO, Trust Housing Association, Bill Kidd MSP, Donald Macaskill.

Rohini Sharma Joshi said:

“We are failing our ethnic minority older people in Scotland. Older people who have worked hard all their lives in this country are now finding themselves isolated, lonely and discouraged. They are often unable to access services, they are estranged from the wider community because of language barriers and can no longer depend on traditional family support networks. Many of these older people do not live in appropriate accommodation, there is a need for purpose built sheltered housing and care home accommodation to meet their needs. Today’s Care Cameo gives Scotland’s ethnic minority older people a voice. It is imperative that we listen to them and take action.”

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO Scottish Care, said:

“As an organisation our vision is to shape the environment in which care services can operate and thrive. One of the ways we can do this is by working co-operatively with care providers and most importantly, with the people who use the services. The ethnic minority older people who have contributed to today’s Care Cameo have articulated the challenges they face and the care and services they are unable to access with heartbreaking candour. We are very grateful for their contribution to both this care cameo and to the wider debate in Scotland.

If Scotland is serious about including all citizens regardless of race or ethnicity then we must adequately resource the already stretched care sector to develop services, train staff and work with people to create services which meet the needs of all our citizens. At the moment Scotland is failing to be racially inclusive.”

The Care Cameo “Keeping body and soul together” is available from


Editor’s Notes

Trust Housing

Trust Housing Association is one of the largest providers of housing, care and support services in the social rented sector in Scotland.

Our primary purpose is to serve older people in our communities, and we provide and maintain homes for more than 2,500 people across 23 local authority areas - from Stornoway to Stranraer.

Our wide range of services - from landlord-only to care and support - are flexible and tailored to the needs of individuals. This allows our customers to live independently with an enhanced quality of life, and their families to have peace of mind.

We also offer general needs and mid-market rent housing and services to households of all ages. We are innovators in the sector and developed the nationally recognised housing with care model of service delivery and Happy to Translate.

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and our services are very people focused. As such, we’re a large employer with over 580 full and part-time staff based across Scotland. Our main office is in Edinburgh, with offices in Glasgow and Arran.

Scottish Care

Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for independent social care services in Scotland.

Scottish Care represents over 400 organisations, which totals almost 900 individual services, delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services.

Our membership covers both private and voluntary sector provider organisations.  It includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium sized groups, national providers and not-for-profit voluntary organisations and associations.

Our members deliver a wide range of registered services for older people and those with long term conditions, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.

For media enquiries please contact Rohini Sharma Joshi at, 0131 444 4950 or Scottish Care at, 01292 270240.

View the "Keeping body and soul together" Care Cameo here

View the "Keeping body and soul together" Care Cameo here