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Healthwatch Somerset working with European Association in Somerset

Healthwatch Somerset working with European Association in Somerset

Healthwatch Somerset has given £1500 to the Midwest European Community Association (MECA) to support non English speakers from Europe living across the county.

The grant to MECA will be used to run meetings for non-English speakers and translate some Healthwatch leaflets into four languages.
Milene Russell, the Chairman of MECA said: "Non-English speakers can find it hard to access health and social care services, and their views are often not heard. We will use this grant to talk to 30 people from ethnic minorities to gather information about their experiences with health and social care services. This will be done through face-to-face meetings, focus groups or online questionnaires. This will allow us to find out their concerns and make sure that they can be involved to improve services across Somerset" Rachel Robinson, Chief Executive of The Care Forum who run Healthwatch Somerset said: "We know that the more people are involved in health and social care services, the better those services are for everyone. We work hard to help every section of the community get involved and tell us their stories about health and social care. MECA have a unique place in the European migrant population in Somerset and their work in collecting people's views will be very useful."

 

 

 

 


The attached pictures shows (left to right) Rafal Skarbek, CEO of Midwest European Communities Association(MECA); Milene Russell, the Chairman of MECA Board of Trustees; Russell Kent, Development Officer with Healthwatch Somerset.