BEMSCA are engaged in a range of projects, including the Control Outbreak Management Project, which is a joint project with BANES public health.
BEMSCA Launch Heath Services Survey
A health services survey, specifically for people from ethnic minority backgrounds, has been launched by Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association (BEMSCA). The survey is designed to capture feedback on peoples experiences of accessing health and wellbeing services, part of research undertaken by BEMSCA funded by Bath and North East Somerset Public Health and the Contain Outbreak Management Fund.
The COMF project has already involved BEMSCA delivering informal drop-in events in Midsomer Norton and Radstock, with a further event planned for Keynsham in the next few weeks. BEMSCA have developed special materials that enable people who don’t speak English as their first language, to talk about their experiences of accessing health care in a relaxed and sensitive way, without the formality of an online survey.
Anyone interested in completing BEMSCA’s online health care survey can find it on their website https://www.bemsca.com/, as well as promoted through their social media. Anyone interested in receiving support to provide their feedback can call BEMSCA on 01225 464165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The survey is scheduled to close on March 15th. https://forms.gle/yq12jjicCjBvv7AS6
Contain Outbreak Management Project
Living with the COVID- 19 pandemic over the last 18 months has been challenging for everyone as BEMSCA support services at Fairfield House closed for a short period when everyone was forced to stay at home. We know this had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of members and the wider community. Bemsca has been reaching out into these communities to hear and record thoughts and experiences during the time of the pandemic.
Armchair conversations with our members
Oral Histories Project with the Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association
This project has been centred around capturing the life stories of the elders of BEMSCA. In particular, I was interested in capturing stories and memories surrounding peoples' transition from their country of origin to England, as this is something which is often not well documented in spite of the fact that it is something which is central to their stories.