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REACH Community Health Project

Funding award of £50,000 from 2018 to 2019

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.

The Ethnic Minority Dementia Project (EMDP) run by REACH aimed to help create awareness within Minority Ethnic Communities, to increase their knowledge of dementia, promote the understanding of dementia symptoms and support them to care and live with those who have a diagnosis of dementia. 

The project also supported individuals to manage their conditions and to access the right support and services. Reach also helped empower individuals with dementia, their families and minority ethnic communities in general, to understand their rights and reduce stigma about the condition.

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 the REACH Ethnic Minority Dementia Project