The first national event was held on 2 June 2016 near Falkirk, to recognise and celebrate the volunteering contributions of ethnic minority older people in Scotland. An information booklet produced by the Scottish Volunteering Forum `Why Volunteering Matters’ was translated into six community languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu). The purpose of the booklet is to increase the wider understanding of volunteering and its benefits to the ethnic minority communities.
The event was organised by the Lottery funded Older People Services Development Project, jointly run by Trust, Hanover (Scotland) and Bield Housing Associations, in partnership with the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF).
Older Women in Scotland – looking to the Future
The publication of a report ‘Older Women and Work – Looking to the Future’ from the Scottish Commission on Older Women, brings to the fore the experiences of older women seeking to remain in, or re-enter, the labour market. With rising numbers of women over the age of 50 in the labour market in Scotland, Government, employers and trade unions have roles to play in ensuring good quality employment with sufficient flexibility and training opportunities, recognising changing family and caring responsibilities too.
A pdf of the report can be found below.
A new guide has been produced after an extensive consultation with over 850 Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) older people across Scotland.
The Lottery Funded Older People Services Development Project, supported by NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government, has developed and produced the Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Guide, providing multilingual and simple to follow advice.
A pdf of summary of the consultation is attached.
The Guide is available in English and six community languages. The information is available to download below :
The Older People Services Development Project carried out extensive consultation with ethnic minority older people, to bring issues surrounding the sensitive topic of Elder Abuse to surface, in Scotland. A copy of the report is attached:
The Older People Services Development Project produced a Multi-Lingual Elder Abuse Information Pack, Providing Information – Raising Awareness in partnership with Age Scotland. The information pack was launched on 12th May 2014 by Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill MSP in Glasgow.
The pdfs of Information Pack are available to download below:
Heritage Lottery funded ‘Scottish Memories' project captured the stories of men and women who came to Scotland as immigrants half a century ago from India, Pakistan, China, Africa and the Caribbean. Many arrived with little money, few clothes and unable to speak English and worked long hours as door-to-door pedlars, mill workers, bus conductors, chefs and shopkeepers.
The book includes stories of trailblazers such as Scotland’s first black professor; an award-winning research scientist, the first Sikh to work offshore in the North Sea, the first man to win the legal right to wear a turban working on the buses, as well as chefs and restaurateurs who introduced Scots to curries and Chinese food.
The following documents have also been published by the Associations (or jointly with other organisations) and can be viewed online by clicking below:
The Older People Services Development Project carried out widespread consultation of clients from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds that highlighted a number of key issues around information on dementia.
As part of their response to this, the Older People Services Development Project worked together with the Dementia Services Development Centre to create the Multi-Lingual Dementia Information Pack which was launched on Wednesday, July 3 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.
The information pack is available to download below:
Easy Guide to Benefits for 60+ has been produced by the Lottery Funded, Older People Services Development Project jointly run by Trust / Hanover (Scotland) / Bield Housing Associations. This guide will be an essential tool in understanding the basics of their entitlements for older people. This guide will not only help older people from different communities to better understand the system but will also allow the older person to be better informed about what benefit they are entitled to.
A guide for service providers on service provision for black and minority ethnic (BME) older people
The Job Opportunities Support Project was developed in February 2006 by Trust, Hanover (Scotland) and Bield Housing Associations. The main purpose of the project was to increase access to job opportunities for BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) people in housing and the public sectors, within Edinburgh and Lothians. The Project has delivered benefits to the lives of many individuals, including improved skills, increased confidence and greater financial independence.
Making a Difference Report in PDF format
Trust, Hanover (Scotland) Bield Housing Associations in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations held four annual job fairs targeted at Black & Minority Ethnic potential job applicants across Scotland. The publications ‘Changing Minds’ and the ‘Good Practice Guide’ explores some key issues from the survey findings at these job fairs and sets out an agenda for change.
Just for the Record report has been launched on a ground-breaking project to improve access to pension and benefits for older people from Black Minority and Ethnic (BME) communities in Scotland, highlighting major breakthroughs in accessing these groups and producing recommendations for future action.