A project has been launched in the north-east aiming to help ethnic minorities living with dementia.
Widening Dementia Support for People from European Minority Backgrounds, which is run by third sector charity organisation ACVO, aims to support those who are affected by the condition and already face barriers due to coming to live in Aberdeen from another country.
Funding for the project was awarded by Life Changes Trust and will be spent ensuring that people can make the best use of the dementia support available in the Granite City, no matter their background.
The project came about via work ACVO had previously undertaken with dementia support in the city.
Through that work it discovered people from ethnic minorities – around one in four – were not often seen accessing support or community dementia activities, which are designed to support sufferers and give them something to do in a comfortable environment post-diagnosis.
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Anna Dzianach, project co-ordinator, said: “By working together to identify barriers and find solutions, we can help to ensure that support is not only a right but a reality for people from European ethnic minority backgrounds living with dementia in Aberdeen.
“We seek to empower people affected by dementia so they can do things that are important to them and enable them to shape supports and activities 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.”
It is hoped that through the programme, co-ordinators will be able to identify the reasons behind the under-representation, and make it easier for people to engage with services – therefore seeing a higher number of European ethnic minorities participating and receiving the support that would benefit them.
The project would like to hear from people who live in the Aberdeen area and are from a European ethnic minority background and who are living with a dementia diagnosis.
A person who shows signs of having dementia or a friend or family member from a minority background living with the condition can also participate.
It will help people to find out the kind of dementia support that is available, let people share their thoughts, experiences and challenges and come up with appropriate solutions together.
Those who work in a healthcare role, people from an European ethnic minority, or those who are passionate about supporting others are also welcome to take part.
The project can also organise dementia awareness sessions, which are run by Alzheimer Scotland, and train people on the causes and symptoms of the condition.
To find out more about the scheme contact Anna by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.