Supporting cultural diversity

Personalised support can’t be achieved without involving those closest to the people we support. Sometimes this is family or Social Workers but, for these four Muslim gentlemen, it was the Imam of their local mosque.

Working with the local mosque helped everyone understand more about their religion.
Working with the local mosque helped everyone understand more about their religion.

Three of the gentlemen live together and all have learning disabilities. Despite trying to support them in their faith their team realised they needed more help to give the right support. They reached out to the local mosque to help and built an enlightening relationship with the Imam.

With his help, the support team learnt about the key aspects of Islam and how to make sure they honoured the culture. With the mosque’s support they can now help the gentlemen prepare Halal meals, store their prayer mats and understand end of life planning.

By sharing these skills with other Dimensions services in the local community, they connected with another Muslim gentleman we support. The four friends now go to mosque together and have built strong relationships with the elders – sharing meals and celebrating festivals as a family.

Going that extra mile has meant everyone has gained from the experience. There is greater understanding and communication between communities and, despite diverse backgrounds, strong friendships have been forged.