‘Widening Dementia Support for People from European Minority Backgrounds’ Project

Aberdeen as a Scottish city has the highest proportion of people born outside of the UK, with one in four born outside of the country. People from ethnic minority backgrounds living in our city, face different barriers on an everyday basis. Let’s imagine that on top of these barriers some people can have another barrier to overcome – living with dementia.

ACVO has been awarded funding from Life Changes Trust for a project that aims to ensure that people from European ethnic minority backgrounds are able to make the best use of the dementia support available across the city. This project is a result of the work ACVO has done previously in linking the third sector dementia support provision in the city – during that time we have realised that people from ethnic minorities are not seen accessing post-diagnostic support and community activities. We are very keen to identify what the reasons of this underrepresentation might be and finding ways to make it easier for people to engage.

We seek to empower people affected by dementia so that they can do things that are important to them and enable them, to shape supports and activities that they feel would make a difference in their lives. Similarly, we believe that everyone living with dementia has the right to be as independent as possible. By being active, connected and engaged, on their own terms, people with dementia from different backgrounds would be able to live happier lives with a greater sense of belonging reducing their sense of isolation.

How do we do this?

Primary beneficiaries will be European communities residing in the Aberdeen area. The project will be working together with community champions, people living with dementia from European ethnic minority and third sector organisations. By engaging them in discussions about possible barriers, we seek to draw attention to the challenges that people with dementia are facing, and hopefully start a conversation about what can be done to overcome these challenges.

How to get involved?

If you are a person from a European ethnic minority background living in Aberdeen with dementia diagnosis, a person who shows signs of having dementia or a friend, family member of a person from European ethnic minority background living with dementia you can participate in a group, bringing together people with dementia and their carers from EEM backgrounds to:

  • get information what kind of dementia support is available in Aberdeen
  • share thoughts, experiences and challenges about getting appropriate support
  • come up with solutions to these challenges together.

Information in other languages:

If you are a professional working in Aberdeen who:

  • Works in a Health Care frontline role
  • Works with/for people from an EEM background
  • Is passionate about supporting people from EEM backgrounds

We can facilitate a dementia awareness sessions run by Alzheimer Scotland. They are free, short training sessions about the causes and symptoms of dementia with a few interactive exercises.

For more information about Dementia Friends sessions visit: www.dementiafriendsscotland.org

You can get more information and  how to get involved in the programme by contacting Anna Dzianach:

Telephone:
01224686057
07508437826

Email:
Anna.Dzianach@acvo.uk

This project was made possible with funding from Life Changes Trust and the Big Lottery Fund.

Useful Local Contacts

The Dementia Resource Centre, 13-19 King St, Aberdeen, AB24 5AA

01224 644077, aberdeendrc@alzscot.org

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Helpline (24hrs/7 days a week)

Freephone 0808 808 3000

Out of Hours Social Work (emergencies)

01224 679025

Aberdeen Care and Repair

Advice and practical assistance to people aged 60-years and over, people with disabilities and people with long-term health conditions, to allow them to continue to live within their own homes as independently as possible.

01224 251133, gencareandrepair@castlehillha.co.uk

VSA Carers Support Services

38 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5YU

01224 212021 info@vsa.org.uk

AFC Community Trust

Activities for anyone living with dementia: health walks, walking football, active reminiscence.

01224 650400 dementiafriendly@afccommunitytrust.org

Statistics :

https://www.alzscot.org/campaigning/statistics