Guest blog: Bristol Somali Youth Voice report launched

9 Mar, 2023
Bristol Somali Youth Voice along with Bristol Somali Forum has released a report on The impact of the increasing cost of living on the minority ethnic community in Bristol.

Bristol Somali Youth Voice along with Bristol Somali Forum has released a report on The impact of the increasing cost of living on the minority ethnic community in Bristol. The report aims to provide insight into the impact of the increasing cost of living on minority ethnic communities in Bristol. It assesses the multidimensional effects of the crisis on the target population, uncertainty, and insecurity generated by the crisis and explores how people are coping with the challenges triggered by the crisis.

The report was launched at Easton Community Centre on Wednesday 8 March 2023.

Mohamed A Sayaqle, researcher and Chair of Bristol Somali Youth Voice, who lead this research introduced the project:

“We have supported the community from the inner city during the pandemic, and are familiar with how the challenges of COVID-19 have impacted disadvantaged community groups including ethnic minority communities, after COVID-19 started to diminish, the cost-of-living crisis arrived, the community had no breather. Our research targets minority ethnic communities who were disproportionally affected by challenges of poverty, deprivations, and inequalities.

Unfortunately, again, the increasing cost of living also hit hard on them. Both the current crisis and COVID-19 have a parallel spiral effect on disadvantaged community groups, and there is an urgent need to develop culturally responsive services to support the community during this difficult time.

The research provides a better understanding of the depth of the crisis and its impact on disadvantaged communities especially minority ethnic communities, but also it is giving recommendations that would help policymakers, service providers, and the community to develop appropriate solutions and effective coping strategies. The majority of the participants (67%) concluded that the cost-of-living crisis was having a detrimental effect on their mental health and wellbeing. Participants stated that they were worried and anxious about their ability to meet costs. The study indicates that the cost-of-living crisis affects family relationships and has made people more isolated due to cutting back on socialising and other wellbeing activities.”

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