Helping Minorities: Benefits of the Lottery - The Health Lottery
Benefits of the Lottery: Helping Minority Communities
The global pandemic has been dominating our social media timelines, the news, and just about every aspect of everyday life. Discussions take place daily about those who are considered to be most at risk and what we can do to reduce the spread and risk of the novel coronavirus. One of the benefits of the lottery is its ability to help communities, and that continues to be true during the pandemic.
It has become apparent that some of the communities that seem to be experiencing the highest risk are our ethnic minority groups. One of the biggest driving factors that is being linked to a higher death rate among minority groups is a disparity in living conditions. Another driving force behind the increased risk is that many of the front line health workers are from various ethnic backgrounds.
Why Are Ethnic Minority Groups Harder Hit?
But why are ethnic minority groups at a higher risk? One of the biggest driving forces for this disparity is the lack of adequate resources that many people take for granted. Without access to proper medical care due to their immigration or minority status, or without the full comprehension and understanding of the English language, many are unable to follow proper procedure to keep themselves and their families safe. Members of these groups often live in the poorest areas of Great Britain and as a result do not have the same access to quality health care enjoyed in more prosperous regions.
That is where charity lottery providers and the community organisations that they support can step in and make a difference. They can help close the widening gap in health care, helping to ensure that everyone receives the same level of care. They often are able to provide services that are relevant to the area that they serve, whether it be English lessons, education, community projects that join everyone together or even providing direct health services.
Ways We Are Trying to Make a Difference
For the past nine years, The Health Lottery has been working towards tackling inequalities like this to ensure that every person living in Great Britain has necessary access to resources that can help them. The main focus of The Health Lottery is to help eliminate, or at the very least address, the social and medical disparities that separate our society, via funds raised from lotto charity tickets and games. Having access to quality health care should be something that everyone should be able to enjoy.
One of the charity projects that is supported in part by funds from THL is English for Action London, or EfA for short. EfA’s main focus is to help migrants with free ESOL lessons and encourage members to speak out about social issues that they face. The global pandemic has changed the way the group serves its participants. Now, instead of in-person meetings and classes, lessons have moved to online platforms, as well as welfare check phone calls. The organisation also purchases and delivers groceries to those that are in isolation.
Another project that serves the local ethnic minority communities is Carers Matter at Leicester's Shama Women’s Centre. This organization provides female carers from minority communities the opportunity to participate in a wide range of services and activities together. Women are able to bond over sharing recipes, getting massages, and gaining new friends that understand where they are coming from, due to sharing a similar background. Many of these services have had to move to an online presence due to the pandemic, but they are vital to help the mental wellbeing of these carers while they deal with the strain and stress of COVID-19.
Supporting the Community with Funding and Awareness
The benefits of the lottery extend beyond the funding our players have enabled us to share with these and other worthy organisations. It’s our hope that by writing about the groups that are helping ethnic minority communities, we’re also raising awareness and building more connections.
The global pandemic has brought the disparities being faced by members of our society to the forefront, but maybe it can also bring us together.