Needs analysis research report for Sutton funded by the Sutton Giving Covid-19 REBUILD Fund
The purpose of this report is to identify the needs of the older black population (African and Caribbean people) living in the London borough of Sutton. This report is partly born out of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown and how this may have impacted those 65 years and over within this population.
This report will cover the current delivery of services that are offered specifically to those from the Black African and Caribbean populations, how the main organisations engage with these populations, what needs to be done and how this can be achieved.
Highlights from the Chair's report
- A.S.K.I. has increased involvement in the local community and is considered a ‘hub’ in many ways. The demand for our services has grown during the reporting year.
- Our high street premises mean that we get a significant number of footfall and this brings with it a new demand for services.
- We also receive significant support from the wider community both in community fundraising as well as the recruitment of new volunteers.
- We have worked in partnership with local businesses in the community as well as other charities working with older people in the Borough.
- We have had the opportunity to work with Interns from the USA, France and Holland and they have brought with them a unique look at how older people services are provided across the world as well as supported us to increase our social media presence.
- I am proud that we have secured a mini bus with support from the Clothworkers’ Foundation. This will allow us to expand our reach as well as enable us to take people on trips and deliver more of our work in the local community.
We anticipate the year ahead will be difficult due to the Covid19 pandemic and our plan is to continue to develop services, where there is an identified need and to work in collaboration with other agencies to provide a holistic service to users of the charity. Michelle Ford, A.S.K.I. Chair
Crisis Fund Report prepared on behalf of A.S.K.I. (Advice Support Knowledge Information) Sharon Gardner – BSc (Hons) Health Sciences.