MCB Research & Development Committee member, Ehtasham Haq, Professor Iqbal Asaria and Dr Jamil Sherif, participated in a summit in Bradford on 14th November 2019 entitled ‘Ageing Well in BME Communities’.
The meeting was co-organised by the Vice-Chairman of Manningham Housing Association (MHA) and the Head of Development & Relationships of Abbeyfield Society, Abdul A Ravat, to raise awareness on faith perspectives of the service provision within leading housing associations and to also inform MCB of the housing provision policy.
The day’s programme also included group discussions on the themes of traditional values, service provision and responses of government, statutory bodies and housing providers. Khurshida Mirza, from Race Equality Foundation, presented some recent data sets which demonstrated the disadvantages experienced by ethnic groups in housing deprivation, fuel poverty, health and life expectancy. She highlighted a need for service providers to begin discussions with ‘users’ during planning stages to prevent poor take-up of their housing provision within BME and faith communities.
The summit follows from the publication of MCB’s ground-breaking report Elderly and End-of-Life Care in Muslim communities in August 2019.
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