By KLTV Newsdesk –
Kirklees Council today (17 May), have officially launched a new research study on the housing needs of Older people from Ethnic Minorities.
Across the UK the population is ageing, and communities in Kirklees have more ethnic diversity than those in similar areas.
Goals of the Study
The council says the aim of the study is to make sure that they have the necessary evidence to plan for homes that meet the needs of all communities.
To that end, the council wants to hear from anyone 45 years or older and from an ethnic minority background living in Kirklees, via an online survey
Plans are in place to create more homes in the borough and the study will influence new developments like those at Dewsbury Riverside and Bradley Park, Huddersfield to reflect the diverse needs of the communities.
People’s input will help influence the planning and delivery of a range of housing and support options, based on what is requested.
In particular, the council wants to hear from people of South Asian and African or African Caribbean heritage, which make up significant communities in the district.
Kirklees residents are encouraged to take part, whether they are living in their own home, privately renting, living with family members, in a council property, a housing association property or anywhere else.
As a thank you for taking part, the council also have four £50 shopping vouchers to give away.
The work is being carried out by the independent researchers, the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN).
The survey itself will take around 15 minutes to fill in.
There are three versions available online, in English, Gujarati, and Urdu.
Paper copies of the survey are also available upon request via Housing LIN.
If you need a copy, or any other assistance with filling in this survey, an alternative translation or for other ways to be involved in the research, please contact Lois Beech, Housing LIN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07860 608920.
The survey will be open until 25th June 2021. Participants can opt to be kept informed of the outcome of the research and prize draw winners will be notified by 31st August 2021.