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Strategies for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) older people


This study explored local government strategic approaches to meeting the needs and aspirations of their older minority ethnic communities. The second phase was the development of a guide to promote good practice. 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe and Jess Harris, SCWRU
Sheila Lakey, Independent Consultant


Better Government for Older People, Help the Aged and the Care Services Improvement Partnership.


In 2003 Better Government for Older People commissioned a survey of local government strategies for black and minority ethnic older people. The survey identified a third of local authorities who responded had approaches underway; another third were considering or initiating responses; but approximately one third of local authorities had no plans to produce a strategic document to reflect their plans in meeting the needs of their BME older communities. SCWRU was commissioned to undertake a second phase of the study to develop a resource guide.


The second phase involved a selected review of current strategies and examples of apparent good practice and innovation, and consultation with older people and organisations, in the compilation of a resource guide.


2006 – 2008


Manthorpe, J., Harris, J. & Lakey, S., (2008), 'Strategic Approaches for Older People from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups', London: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.
Manthorpe, J., (2008) Working with older people from black and minority ethnic groups who have depression, Emmanuel Centre Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust, London, 11 September.

Manthorpe, J., (2008) Strategies for black and minority ethnic older people, Dignity Champions Conference, London, 23 September.
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