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Black Health Initiative (BHI)

BHI is a community engagment organisation working towards equality of access to Health and Social Care within Leeds and surrounding areas.

12 February 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector, Health
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We work with disadvantaged and marginalized communities towards equality of access to education, health and social care locally regionally and nationally. We do this by working in partnership with NHS, Macmillan, Cancer Prostate Cancer UK, National BME Cancer Alliance, schools education providers and voluntary organisations.

  • BHI encourages members form diverse communities who show enthusiasm to access training in partnership with outside agencies to become active in forums, patient involvement activities and representation boards. 
  • BHI supports active members facilitate feedback to the wider community. BHI understands the importance of effective community engagement, which affords minority communities opportunities to engage with service providers and influence services, policies and procedures with the emphasis of deliberate inclusion.
  • BHI enables through culturally appropriate outreach we engage communities to develop positive lifestyle choices, address cultural myths and taboos, and provide factual health and wellbeing information which embraces diversity.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We need to make sure that all our staff, volunteers and Board of directors have an awareness of dementia so that they can provide a great service to everyone. 

The diversity of needs and experiences of people with dementia, the complexities of recognising, diagnosing and supporting people from diverse communities.

 Supporting people with dementia and families and carers to have understand dementia a voice and influence local strategy and services especially those with additional cultural needs.

Translating the idea of "dementia-friendly" into practical actions, which will make a difference for communities with English as second language.

There is sometimes a very negative societal attitude to Dementia  from those within BME communities.

2. Actions

  • Improve Understand of Dementia

    All staff and Board of Directors have attended a Dementia Friends session. We will continue to raise awareness of dementia within current staff, and offer the Dementia Friends session to any new members of staff and Directors/ service users/ active members / partner organisations

    Planning, Delivery, Implementation
  • Dementia Champions within the organisation

    Each project to have Dementia Friends and Champions trained.  To support staff to attend Dementia Friends sessions run by BHI Dementia Champion/ Alzheimer’s Society.

    Part of Dementia Champions role to deliver sessions to volunteers / partner organisations / service users  

    Delivery, Planning