The report includes case studies and survey results which reveal how the pandemic has made the challenges and inequalities facing Somalis in Bristol worse.
Although the survey included responses from only 49 participants, the insights that it gathered, along with the case studies, provide a deeper understanding of the issues faced by people within the community.
The report reveals that in the areas of healthcare services and information, economic impact, housing and education and mental health; the impact of COVID-19 has been disproportionate to the Bristol Somali community.
The following issues were highlighted in the report:
"This (the pandemic) has shown us how weak we are, as humans, and as a nation."
The report aims to provide data and share people's experiences so that services can better understand the needs of the Somali community in Bristol and therefore adapt and improve them.
It is also important to highlight the hard work that has had a positive impact and how the community has come together to support each other.
For example, a group of seven local Somali-led organisations have been working on engaging with and supporting vulnerable groups and elders who are shielding or isolating.
Bristol Somali Youth Voice have set up a task force to help people with shopping and prescriptions if they are vulnerable or isolating. They have also created bilingual communications on official guidelines and NHS advice to ensure that people have access to information even if English is not their first language.
In order to deliver successful and culturally appropriate services, the report recommends that centralised services should link in more with community-based initiatives and local responses that are currently better at reaching out to disengaged vulnerable groups.
Read the full report here.
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