Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities and Dementia

Award: £200,000
Timescale: 2018 - 2020

Project aims

The Trust has 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. In order to do this, we offered Awards of between £15,000 and £50,000, to be spent over a timescale of up to 2 years, to be focussed on those living with dementia and carers in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Scotland.

Background

Priority 4 of the Trust’s dementia strategy states:

“Many people with dementia are treated with dignity and respect. However, many are not. People who are not given the support they may need may become vulnerable to mistreatment. They may be discriminated against and have their human rights violated.

There are also particular challenges for people affected by dementia who already experience discrimination and marginalisation due to, for example, their race or religion, disability or sexual orientation”.

Compared to England and Wales, there is remarkably little work being done with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Scotland. There is very little knowledge circulating about specific needs and challenges.

The Trust has made a commitment to increase understanding about the particular issues that people from certain ‘protected characteristic’ groups may face when they are affected by dementia.

In order to do this, we offered Awards between £15,000 and £50,000, to be spent over a timescale of up to 2 years.

It can be difficult to engage with people living with dementia and carers from BME communities and, therefore, we opened funding proposals to those that include older people generally as well as people living with dementia.

More Information

In April 2018, the Trust decided to fund 4 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME) projects, as follows:

  • Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations: £47,000
  • Central Scotland Regional Equality Council:£47,000
  • MECOPP: £50,000
  • REACH Community Health Project: £50,000

Outcomes we'd like to see

  • Increased engagement with people living with dementia and carers from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.
  • Increased number of culturally relevant services in Scotland for people living with dementia in BME communities or their carers.
  • A change in perceptions of the illness within BME communities, reducing the stigma around the illness within these communities.
  • Deeper learning about the needs of people living with dementia and unpaid carers from these communities, leading to an increased understanding about the particular issues that people from certain ‘protected characteristic’ groups may face when they are affected by dementia