British Red Cross calls on Scottish Government to focus on celebrating and understanding differences when tackling loneliness.
Barriers to Belonging: An exploration of loneliness among people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (this link will take you away from our website) notes that people who feel valued, included, safe and able to join community activities are less likely to feel lonely. However, too many people from BAME backgrounds face multiple challenges to feeling like they belong and accessing support services. These include:
- Increased likelihood of discrimination, not feeling welcome and fear of stigma.
- Greater barriers to accessing help for loneliness and joining in community activities, including a lack of money, language barriers and not having enough free time.
The report (this link will take you away from our website), which has been published during Loneliness Awareness Week (17-21 June 2019), makes several recommendations to the Scottish Government, local authorities, organisations providing services to help people overcome loneliness and employers. These are aimed at removing the emotional and physical barriers too many people from BAME backgrounds currently face when attempting to build connections and access support.