British Red Cross report: Barriers to belonging

People from BAME backgrounds are more at risk of experiencing certain factors that cause loneliness and can often face greater barriers to accessing support. 

This is from the June 2019 report (pdf) from the British Red Cross which explores the causes of loneliness and obstacles to seeking help for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The report finds:

  • Just 31 per cent of Black African respondents had not experienced any type of discrimination, compared to 74 per cent of White British respondents
  • Discrimination, bullying and disrespect increases loneliness – racism, discrimination and xenophobia are all additional triggers of loneliness that have all too often been overlooked
  • People from BAME backgrounds often feel less able to access community activities and support – ‘not having enough free time’ and ‘affordability’ are barriers to accessing support that are more commonly cited by all minority ethnic groups than by White British groups.

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