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Bangladeshi Volunteer Peer Education Programme: Acceptance, Choice, and Empowerment in kidney health and organ donation

A Volunteer Peer Educator (PE) led 12 month Community pilot project to increase awareness of organ donation and sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register in Tower Hamlets, London.

Background and evidence base

We know that the BAME communities are more likely to need a transplant, less likely to donate and more likely to wait longer, if ever, they receive one.

This 12 month follow on project will build upon the success and learning from an earlier project funded by the Transplant Policy Team at the Department of Health (DH):  Kidney Research UK’s Peer Educator Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Project  

Bridging the gap in a new area in Tower Hamlets

This new project will focus on the Bangladeshi – communities in Tower Hamlets. Kidney Research UK has had extensive experience in recruiting, training, supporting and evaluating the Peer Educator model in the area of organ donation and has developed an accredited training programme (Open College Network).  A key learning point has been the need to recruit the ‘right’ people and so time will be invested in doing this.

Kidney Research UK already has built up excellent links, experience and valuable learning with the Muslim communities in Birmingham and other parts of London through previous projects (also funded by the DH and other funders). We will be recruiting Peer Educators (PE’s) through our networks, ranging in age and socio-economic back ground.

Criteria to become a Volunteer Peer Educator

  • Be  Bangladeshi Muslim
  • Live and work in Tower Hamlets or be prepared to volunteer there for at least the next 6 months for a few hours/month, mutually agreed
  • Have a belief in organ donation after death

We are looking for people of all ages and educational/social backgrounds – men and women. Please get in touch if you are interested in this role. All training will be provided free of charge and this will lead to a qualification. All expenses will be paid and full support and resources provided to undertake the volunteering work. As in the past, we will provide a range of self development opportunities for all volunteers. We are also looking for a lead Peer Educator (paid role at one day a week) and members to join our steering and advisory group.

If you or your organisation is interested in participating in this programme please contact myself Brenda.scotland@towerhamlets.gov.uk tel. 07930531522 or


Neerja Jain

Kidney Research UK

T:  01923 510 196

M: 07810 555 844

E: neerjajain@kidneyresearchuk.org