Celebrating BAME community successes
This pages focusses on Black British history, sharing with you some of the fantastic contributions that Black Britons have made locally and nationally.
BHM is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK. Throughout history, black people have made huge contributions to society in the fields of art, music, science, literature, medicine, transport and many more areas.
Memory and dementia
Short films about dementia, made with people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds in mind, are now available for the public to view online. The films have been funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s Dementia Education and Training Strategy and Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and were launched online at the beginning of October.
Four films have been made - in English, Gujarati, Polish and Cantonese - and each provides information about the signs and symptoms of dementia and addresses the stigma and misunderstanding about dementia. Each film also directs people to local help and support services.
The films are the result of ongoing work by the Gloucestershire BME Network for Dementia; a group that brings together a number of organisations across Gloucestershire with the purpose of improving dementia diagnosis and care for people from Black and minority ethnic communities. The Gloucestershire Alzheimer’s Society, family carers, health and social care staff and a number of local groups were involved in the making of the films.
There are an estimated 25,000 people from BME communities living with dementia in the UK and this figure is expected to grow to 50,000 by 2025. (All Party – Parliamentary Group on Dementia, July 2013) The number of people from BME communities growing older in Gloucestershire is increasing (Census 2011) and it is hoped that the films will enable people to have a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of dementia and how to get help and support.
View the films on the Gloucestershire Health and Care website and: