Ethnic Minority Voices: Perceptions of Life in Renfrewshire, Community Engagement and Service Provision
Ethnic Minority Voices: Perceptions of Life in Renfrewshire, Community Engagement and Service Provision research has been conducted by Dr. Mohammed Ishaq from University of the West of Scotland. The research aims were to extract the views and opinions of BME groups residing within Renfrewshire; provide a vocal platform to BME groups; provide an evidence base that would help build a picture of the needs of BME communities; reflect on the challenges facing BME communities and provide an opportunity to shape policy and practice.
The research adopted a qualitative approach using focus groups. Participants were recruited through a combination of the researcher’s own contacts and through BME organisations like REEM and RENPA.
In total 24 residents from BME communities participated in the focus group discussions. Focus group discussions explored the following themes:
- Perceptions/experience of living in Renfrewshire
- Awareness of services provided by the Council and other providers
- Engagement with Council services
- Awareness/engagement with ethnic minority organisations in Renfrewshire
- Perceptions of main challenges faced
- Views on how ethnic minorities in Renfrewshire felt they were viewed by the indigenous ‘white’ community
- Awareness of an interest in the ‘New Buddies’ Integration Network
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