Kirklees has a higher than national average number of ethnic minorities. These communities generally have lower interactions with services and for South Asian people with learning disabilities, this is further exacerbated since people with learning disabilities and their carers can be isolated socially and when it comes to accessing NHS or social care services.
Why are we covering this issue?
Healthwatch Kirklees decided to conduct research with the help of a peer researcher in order to gain more insight from South Asian people in Kirklees with learning disabilities and/or their carers.
REPORT: June 2016
The research collected showed there is a general dissatisfaction by South Asian people with learning disabilities and their carers when it comes to accessing information, help and support. Although some people find the information they need easily, it seems that people find accessing services to be frustrating and difficult, which can result in feelings of isolation, mental health issues and poorer outcomes for people with learning disabilities, whose needs aren’t being met.
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