About the Author: Rachel Smyth

23 September 2021

Our partner, Think Local Act Personal, has today launched a report highlighting what good personalised community-based care and support looks like for people in ethnically diverse communities.

Fourteen organisations across England feature in the report, offering a wide range of support and services in particular groups and communities. The project was undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic and the work also highlights how organisations responded to this challenge.

The examples shared, demonstrate core aspects of what good personalised care and support can look like for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. This includes: focusing on the whole person: understanding and working with cultural complexity; providing flexible and creative responses; building capacity within the community; and being committed to supporting learning and development for the people supported and their wider networks – all underpinned by an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural diversity.

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair of Think Local Act Personal,  Race Equality Foundation Trustee and Coalition for Personalised Care Programme Board member said: “Shining a light on inequalities and examples of how things can improve can help us transition towards a fairer country where we can all live, work, play, and express ourselves. We hope that by exploring what good, personalised care and support looks like for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities, we can encourage commissioners and funders to help move towards the more equal country we’re striving for.”

The report showcases examples of organisations and individuals’ experience, and should serve as a useful resource for commissioners and funders to integrate some of these ideas into their own practice.

You can access the full report here.