ASKI was funded in 2014 to deliver a project for people 55+ to increase the life chances and career opportunities of men and women from BMER disadvantaged communities in Croydon by the provision of a range of educational and vocational opportunities supporting them to engage, grow, learn and prepare for employment. In the context of equality it is difficult to set a definite age range to define “older people”, as the point at which age related inequality issues occur varies for different aspects of people’s lives. A key remit of the project was to reduce isolation by the provision of a range of User Led opportunities people could take part in ranging from discussion groups, external talks from key organisations in the Borough as well as the opportunity for ASKI to deliver sessions with to agencies in the Borough that often have difficulties engaging with older BME Individuals.
A Lottery Reaching Communities funded Employability programme which works with long term unemployed 50+
ASKI will target people 50+ who are isolated and need a range of support including increasing confidence levels, gaining qualifications, increasing community cohesion amongst the age group, finding employment, volunteering Opportunities and signposting
1) Isolation and related problems will be reduced as BMER older people feel increasingly valued and respected in their wider local community
2) BMER older people will gain confidence and new skills that will increase their ability to take up new educational or employment opportunities
3) Local services will be more effective as local providers gain a better understanding of barriers faced by BMER older people
4) BMER older people will have a greater input on the issues and strategies that affect them