This summary reports the results of an independent community engagement and research study carried out as part of a Needs Assessment for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups within West Sussex.
The work was delivered by The Young Foundation, using a participatory approach with community researchers. Over 100 people from BAME communities were engaged with expert support from The Young Foundation. Community researchers also contributed to the analysis of the data and reviewed the final report.
The research had four main aims:
- to obtain a detailed understanding of the wellbeing and health and social care needs of the BAME population
- to identify gaps in service provision and the extent to which existing services meet the needs of the population
- to determine the barriers and enablers to accessing services and exploring what changes are required in order for those barriers to be overcome
- to identify priorities for action and indicators for monitoring progress towards change.
The findings and recommendations are summarised under four key areas of focus:
- Life and wellbeing in West Sussex;
- Using health and social care services;
- Tackling taboos (mental health and domestic abuse);
- Community assets.