Reach Community Health Project
12th March 2012 -What Reach has achieved in the past 2 years
What REACH has achieved in the past 2 Years key examples.

Over the years we have developed and collaborated with third sector, public sector and private businesses on a variety of projects, including carrying out research and influencing local and national policies.

The following are examples of our key achievements over the last 2 years which I would like to share with you.

We continue to offer a keep-fit programme specifically designed for BME women delivered in-house and is supported by a bi-lingual female trainer. We currently have 113 women using this service on a regular basis.

Our flagship project "Improving Community Health through Effective Engagement (ICHEE)” came to an end on 11th January 2012. The project was launched in 2009 and has successfully delivered Equality and Cultural Diversity training to 502 members of staff and volunteers from organisations in Tayside, Lothian and Lanarkshire Health Board areas. We have also delivered Public Participation training to 530 people from the BME communities to increase their capacity and confidence to engage with health and social care providers. This has led to 7 active BME Integration and Participation Forums (IPFS) (in Lanarkshire, Lothian & Tayside), 33 meetings in total so far, 250 active members and 437 non-active members. A number of these forums will be now be supported by mainstream organisations such as NHS Tayside and have helped to changes policies and service.

We delivered a series of workshops aimed at minority ethnic groups which included asylum seekers and gypsy and Roma communities to address issues resulting from lifestyle patterns amongst BME communities that include poor diet and nutrition and lack of exercise. The project was delivered across five Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnerships (CHCPs, now divided into three CHPs.

We continue to deliver skills development path training on confidence and goal setting amongst others skills particularly aimed at BME women. This too has proven to be popular amongst our service users. Over the period the sessions have benefited 80 people from the BME community out of which 12 progressed into ESOL classes, 2.4% progressed into further education, 16% registered with the Job Club and 34% progressed into REACH Public Participation training.

As part of the skills development path training we have successfully delivered outreach employability training and workshops with the Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency to BME communities across South Glasgow. This initiative has benefited over 126 people where 20% have registered with their local Job club.

We delivered an innovative project aimed at the Sikh (Asian) and Roma Communities (Eastern European) on the negative impact of alcohol on health and social life in partnership with the Glasgow City Council: Drug Prevention & Education South Team. The project achieved its objectives by raising awareness amongst these communities as well as providing some useful information for future interventions. Furthermore the project has helped to provide basic advice for a healthier family life to 52 participants. The two BME groups were not aware of the recommended units nor the calories associated. This insight provided them with a better understanding of the overall affects of alcohol on their general health.

We lead on the reintroduction of a Patient Card System with NHS Tayside via the BME Tayside Integration and Participation Forum (IPF's). This will effectively provide practitioners with key information of patients interpreting and translation needs. This innovative initiative, when fully implemented, will improve the service delivery of a number of health care providers across Tayside. Moreover, GP's and other community health providers will now be able to quickly ascertain patient interpretation needs.

We continue to provide consultation services to NHS Health Scotland to undertake Equality Impact Assessment of their services/policies as well as provide them with guidance on their health promotional campaigns. Our input has greatly helped NHS Scotland to deliver a more targeted campaign to BME communities.

We worked in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Department and Health Protection Scotland to increase the understanding of hepatitis B & C with the South Asian community. We effectively engaged with 3000 people and tested 1500 people with hepatitis B & C. This work was part of the prevalence research study which REACH had a central role.

In March last year we undertook an extensive study on the "Knowledge, Understanding and Experience of NHS 24 Services among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Population living in Scotland. The study plotted the perceived opportunities and challenges for accessing the services. The findings will help NHS 24 to deliver services tailored to BME needs. It was highlighted that BME communities needed the option to access information in their own languages when accessing the help-line.

We delivered a substance misuse project to increase the awareness of mainstream services and reduce the stigma associated with substance abuse among BME communities. The project was delivered in partnership with Glasgow Southeast Community Addiction Team. Over the duration of the project we engaged with 600 BME people which lead to 20 people being referred to cessation services. The project partly funded by the Robertson Trust ended in Jan 2012

We undertook comprehensive research study on food and health issues amongst Minority Ethnic communities residing in the Central Belt of Scotland for Community Food Health Scotland (CFHS). The findings suggested there was a need to develop an effective strategy to engage with ethnic minority communities in Scotland. The recommendations from the study have led to a formation of a group led by CFHS to develop health and nutrition strategy for BME communities in Scotland.

We continue to contribute and play an active role into Scottish Health & Ethnicity Research Strategy Group (SHERSS) led by the Director of Public Health, NHS Scotland.

I hope the above gives you a flavour of the range of activities and demonstrates the breadth and depth of knowledge REACH has acquired over the years in the area of health and well being amongst Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and our contribution in reducing health inequality in Scotland.

Indeed, I would like to thank our partners, supporters (including the Scottish Government, Health Directorate) and service users for helping us achieve our key objectives. I would particularly like to thank the REACH staff for their hard work and unfathomable support in achieving the work outcomes.

We have a comprehensive report available for all the projects mentioned above with SMART outcomes. If you need to read about any of the above projects in detail, please feel free to contact and we will be more than happy to send you a report.

Yours sincerely

Shabir Banday REACH - Director

Culturally Sensitive Services
In response to the major health inequalities faced by BME communities living in Glasgow, REACH provides a broad based, integrated health service programme. In partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Primary Care Division, we have developed a Community Health Clinic that offers preventative health promotion information and comprehensive clinical advice to individuals from the BME community. Moreover, REACH’s service delivery is sensitive to issues of ethnicity, race, and religion/faith.
Policy and Research Unit
REACH believes that health planning and legislation should be based on the best available research and evidence. To this end, REACH engages in its own research and policy work in order to influence change with regards to BME Health. In addition to producing community led studies into BME health needs and barriers, REACH
Training and Development Unit
As a central part of our social entrepreneurial strategy, REACH's Training and Development Unit attempts to bridge the gap between BME communities and health service providers. REACH is committed to developing and delivering training solutions to improve health and social care service provision for BME communities in Scotland. Training is available to organisations working for and with BME communities in Scotland within the mainstream, voluntary and private sectors.