We treat people with respect and understanding
Mental health of migrant elders — the Islington study‘In the UK, approximately 6% of those aged 65 years and over were born abroad, most of whom now live in inner-city areas. It has been suggested that ethnic elders face a ‘triple whammy’ in terms of age, ethnicity and socio-economic deprivation.’
- 2001 The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
In addition to that for the vast majority of migrant elders English is not their first language. With increasing breakdown of family structures the isolation faced by migrant elders is increasing with corresponding rise in depression & dementia.
Previous infrastructure work carried out by Community Advance Project has highlighted an urgent need to support services for migrant elders, to combat isolation, Improve health and wellbeing and share learning with elders from other ethnic communities.
Key positive changes we want to achieve for beneficiaries are:
- Combat isolation by providing opportunities for established and recent migrants to support each other in dealing with common issues.
- Migrant elders are better placed to take up service provision through guidance and support from established older people and support networks.
- Stronger support links amongst different migrant communities elders.
- Have a stronger voice to fight for the rights of older people, particularly BME and migrant elders.
CAP is keen on providing a range of services particularly for BME and refugee older people. Ranging from exercise classes, befriending support and lunch clubs to giving a voice to the needs of older people and campaigning for better services and rights of older people. We have staff and volunteers who have vast experience of working with older people.
All our activities with older people are engaging and user friendly:
- Activities users want to get involved in.
- Activities that combat isolation.
- Activities that promote better health & well being.
- Activities that lead to prevention of ill health and improve the quality of life for our users.