‘Here at Flowhesion I strongly believe that pertinent and timely research is vital to work towards reducing barriers Black and Minority Ethnic, Refugee (Bamer) communities face on a daily basis. The centre has been established to work with our public sector partners to deliver on these objectives. I am proud to head the centre, given my own academic background in safeguarding, lecturing and formerly heading social work programmes at The University of Huddersfield. I feel that empirical research, focused on better understanding the many challenges bamer communities face, will add to the narrative of change and social mobility that underpins our societal progress.  I can draw on my own experiences of formerly heading the None in 3 global research centre on eliminating gender based violence and abuse at The University of Huddersfield. I learnt how empirical research can add weight to drive policy changes.  I look forward to working with a dedicated research team and our public sector partners to affect positive change for bamer communities.’

Gillian Kirkman
Head of The Flowhesion Centre for Bamer Research.


How we Get Along


What do we think of our neighbours? And what do they think of us? When it comes to race, religion and immigration, what divides us and what brings us together? Do we share the the same experiences of the diverse everyday world around us? Or is diversity something other people do? These are some of the questions that motivated the Woolf Institute to produce ‘How we get Along: The Diversity Study of England and Wales 2020.


The Impact Of Bereavement During COVID 19 On BAMER* Communities In Bolton

Where:Online Report

Healthwatch Bolton commissioned The Flowhesion Foundation to use their expertise and language skills
to interview people from BAMER communities. The project explored how the pandemic has affected normal practices of dealing with bereavement and the impact of this. The project also explored if there are any barriers to accessing bereavement services and support services to ensure people do not experience any inequities when accessing these. Services need to be culturally appropriate to ensure people do not miss out on support. The project is in line with our workplan priority of mental health.