BAME well-being

Over 50’s Wellbeing Project for Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic People

What is the project?

Oasis Talking Therapies worked with 9 BAME-led partner organisations to co-design and deliver wellbeing courses for older people from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities.

What did the project do?

Courses were free and open to anyone over 50 from a BAME community. Course topics were chosen by older community members and designed in partnership with community groups to ensure the sessions are culturally appropriate and relevant to the wellbeing needs of different communities.

Why did BAB fund it?

Across all of our delivery, BAB collected a lot of good insight into the groups least likely to access support services. People from black and minority ethnic communities often have the lowest engagement. According to NHS studies, BAME and older people are less likely to engage with psychological therapies but when they do, have a higher rate of recovery. The learning from the pilots identified significant gaps in services for BAME older people, especially around culturally appropriate mental health and wellbeing provision.

The project was designed to develop culturally specific wellbeing and psycho-educational models that help older people in BAME populations to improve their wellbeing and reduce their loneliness and isolation.

The Future: Wellbeing Ambassadors

In 2019 Oasis-Talk developed an accredited training courses for ‘Wellbeing Ambassadors’. 13 volunteers completed the training course, becoming course facilitators in their own communities. The course was a great success and bought the communities of Bristol together.

This innovative project has been co-designed to implement support and early intervention right at the heart of the community. We are committed to making this innovative project go beyond making a service ‘accessible for all’, together we are addressing barriers such as stigma, language and accessibility of mainstream services.

Below: some of our volunteers completing their training.

How to get in touch

To contact the project, please call 0117 9277 577 or email chris.bowles@oasis-talk.org.