Shaheen Bi - Health and Wellbeing workshop


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Shaheen Bi, Sporting Equals, Health and Wellbeing, Age UK, Runnymede

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  • Explain who we are and what we do
  • 3 key outcomes; physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing
  • A wide range of ethnic groups took part in the project however greatest engagement was with the South Asian community representing 46% of all participants, followed by the Black/ Black African Caribbean Community representing 23%. The project managed to engage people from all the main religious groups, however the largest proportion were from the Christian, Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities. 57% women
  • National project which covered all 9 regions
  • Older people who led sedentary lifestyles were encouraged through volunteer support to make changes in to their lifestyles and diets.
  • Projects changed how they operated through partnership links to other agencies and changes to management behaviour
  • Projects were culturally sensitive to the needs of BME communities Capta – African Caribbean group
  • Facillitiies - move away from open plan provision, segregated sessions Projects don’t understand where links exist and often disconnected from services, two way process working together, link into the health and wellbeing board objectives in light of Better health outcomes
  • Shaheen Bi - Health and Wellbeing workshop

    1. 1. Health & Wellbeing for Older People Shaheen BiInsight & Projects Manager, Sporting Equals Inclusive policy and practice 18th December 2012
    2. 2. Sporting Equals is one of the five national partners commissioned to deliver the ‘Faith and Community Strand’ for the fit as a fiddle programme.The aim of the project was to promote health and wellbeing to black and minority ethnic (BME) older people
    3. 3. NATIONAL PROJECT - Two elements:1.National Training Programme289 Volunteers trained across 39 partner organisations2. Roadshows29 Roadshow Events utilising 15 partner organisationsTotal number of people engaged: 5,532
    4. 4. Fit as Fiddle - Ethnicity ProfileFaith and Other 15% MixedEthnicity 4% South Asian 46% ChineseProfile 12% Black or African/Caribbean 23% Fit as a Fiddle - Religious Profile Not Specified 15.6% Any Other Religion Christian 3.9% 27.0% No Religion 10.0% Jewish 0.4% Hindu 9.6% Buddhist 4.4% Muslim Sikh 9.7% 19.5%
    5. 5. Project locations and coverage
    6. 6. Impact - Older People• Eating more healthier; more fruit, vegetables and water included in diet.• Greater understanding of food preparation.• Increasing physical activity levels (on average an extra 2 hours of activity per week).• Social interaction, reduced isolation and loneliness.
    7. 7. Impact - Projects • Enhanced volunteer infrastructure • Additional capacity support • Established links to other services and partners • Change in management behaviour • 79% of projects confirmed they would continue with the activities
    8. 8. Key Learning – Health & Wellbeing • Volunteers who speak community languages. • Segregated activities to accommodate the needs of women. • Use of religious establishments, community centres and word of mouth to disseminate information. • Healthy lifestyle linked to religious teachings to ensure BME individuals could connect with messaging.“The older people have formed good relationships with the volunteers. Those whohave been reluctant to take part are now willingly participating in the activities and they appear to be enjoying themselves more and more” CAPtA, Derbyshire
    9. 9. Key Learning; Policy & Practice• Ensuring service providers are culturally receptive to the needs of BME groups• Forging stronger links between local community groups and service providers• Linking sport and physical activity to the wider health agenda ‘Participants are more mindful of the need to incorporate exercise into their lifestyles, some now walk to the bus stop and one has joined a swimming class’, Coordinator Moreland Trust
    10. 10. Challenges and OpportunitiesModel is being tailored to be used independentlyProven evidence base as it is a tried and tested approachRequires buy-in from the sectorOpportunities for staff development and cascade training