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hidden drinking and bme communities

Hidden Drinking and BME Communities

EACH Counselling & Support Services

729 London Road

Hounslow TW3 1SE

identifying and targeting groups
Identifying and targeting groups:
  • Needs are often identified from various projects
  • Rapid needs analysis by key workers, working at a grass roots level with community based projects whose primary aim may not be about alcohol
  • Trends are fed back into service planning & delivery
  • Targeted support for example working with the Tamil community/Somali Community & Asian men
  • Building links with communities & understanding the different perceptions of alcohol use
reaching out to hidden drinkers
Reaching out to hidden drinkers
  • Home visiting service to Asian women
  • Street drinkers project in Hounslow that picked up a third of people
  • Street drinkers project in Brent
  • Work that focused on the Somali community which picked up both khat and alcohol use misuse within these communities
  • Domestic Violence early intervention project
  • Domestic Violence Counselling Service
a holistic model
A holistic model
  • Service provision to both family and individual
  • Key sites & points of access for underserved communities
  • Based at GPs, Home-visiting, gender specific support groups to Somali, Tamil & Asian women & Somali & Tamil men, targeted support to family members & carers.
  • Hounslow ,Harrow & Ealing provide support via Housing
our learning
Our learning
  • BME groups not homogenous
  • Gender differences
  • Specific differences in help seeking behavior
  • Asian men: more settled in the UK, access to primary healthcare, more support from family and communities & statutory services
  • Somali Clients ; less settled issues with accessing healthcare, greater risk of being ostracized/ religious beliefs meant negative view of drinking
  • Tamil Clients; insecure immigration status, historical trauma, dislocated, little or no access to primary healthcare very dependent for support on voluntary services
presenting issues
Presenting Issues
  • Stigma of drinking
  • High levels of loneliness/isolation
  • Alcohol use not always the primary presenting issue
  • Lack of knowledge about the harmful effects of drinking
  • Family members were seeking abstinence as opposed to harm minimisation
  • Refugee and Asylum seeking clients presented with complex issues of trauma, risk of destitution, little or no support, language needs made accessing any services problematic
retention engagement
Retention & Engagement
  • Quality of engagement is key
  • Aftercare just as crucial: addressing other issues, its never just about the alcohol
  • Had to offer something that met their immediate needs,
  • Impact on clients mental health
  • Welfare rights, housing, registering with GPs, advice on employment
  • Majority didn’t have housing issues; loneliness/boredom, street drinkers form “drinking school
  • Engage, let them know what services are not necessarily around alcohol
each counselling suport service 729 london road hounslow tw3 1se

EACH Counselling & Suport Service729 London RoadHounslow TW3 1SE


0208 579 6059