The role of the ethnic minority voluntary sector in promoting social capital: a case study of the London Borough of Enfield.

Meetoo, Veena and Papadopoulos, Irena and Lees, Shelley (2003) The role of the ethnic minority voluntary sector in promoting social capital: a case study of the London Borough of Enfield. In: BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2003, 26 – 28 September 2003, University of York. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

There is a paucity of research on the role of the voluntary sector in countering social exclusion, poor health and quality of life, in particular the black and minority ethnic (BME) voluntary sector, which tends to include smaller, less established and poorer organisations than the wider voluntary sector. In light of this The Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health (RCTSH), in collaboration with Enfield Voluntary Action (EVA) and Enfield Racial Equality Council (EREC), have undertaken a study to explore the role and scope of the black and minority ethnic (BME) voluntary sector in Enfield in promoting social capital with its subsequent impact on quality of life and health. A sample of voluntary organisations providing services for BME communities in Enfield were selected in order to explore how the organisations promoted participation, trust and safety, social networks, co-operation, as well as regeneration, health improvement and quality of life. Data was collected by conducting: i) documentary analysis of organisational materials; ii) semi-structured interviews with key informants from each organisation; iii) focus groups with service users and iv) an extensive literature. This presentation will discuss the findings of this study.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
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