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Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC)


Funding award of £47,000 from 2018 to 2020

The Life Changes Trust made a commitment to increased understanding about the particular issues that people from certain protected characteristic groups may face when they are affected by dementia.  One area we focussed on was those living with dementia and carers in Minority Ethnic Communities in Scotland. In April 2018, the Trust funded 4 community projects.

CSREC’s ‘Dementia and Care in our Communities’ project aims to understand the experiences of people affected by dementia from minority ethnic communities in the Forth Valley.

They work with people affected by dementia and their carers from South Asian, Chinese and East Asian, African and Caribbean, Polish, East European, and other minority ethnic backgrounds to explore the extent and impact of dementia within these communities, and to provide information and support about living with dementia to people affected by the condition.

CSREC also work with these communities to raise wider awareness of dementia. By doing so, they contribute to the development of dementia-friendly communities, and reduce the stigma affecting many people living with dementia.


As with all our funded projects, we commissioned an evaluation of this funding. Blake Stevenson carried out the evaluation and published a report in autumn 2020. In December 2020, we also held a learning event webinar, to hear from some of our funded projects and to learn more about what the evaluation found. 

Read more about the evidence and learning from this initiative, watch our learning event webinar and download the evaluation report here

Read more about CSREC’s ‘Dementia and Care in our Communities’ project