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Ethnic Minority Centre (EMC)

Ethnic Minority Centre was formed in 1989- an umbrella organisation to help capacity build BAME Communities to support in Merton, promoting community cohesion. EMC provides advice, information on current issues i.e. domestic violence, racial abuse, drug, alcohol addiction, immigration, health wellbeing, supplementary classes/language classes. EMC’s successful Racial Harmony Project helped to bring the community together. EMC provides Health & Mental Health Well-being projects, liaises with local agencies, NHS, provide an interpreter service, carried out a project building resilience to violent extremism in partnership with Merton Council.

11 July 2017
Local Alliances:
Merton 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?

The EMC is working to strengthen community cohesion by contacting BAME groups, group leaders help them support their members, suffers, carers to increase their activity levels and improve their wellbeing and learn more about dementia. EMC’s activities will help to improve the lifestyles and health of the elderly, migrants and disadvantaged members of the BAME communities in East Merton.

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

Life for members of the ethnic minority communities in big cities such as London can be particularly stressful. People who are disadvantaged, on low incomes etc, can also feel isolated and under pressure and prone to low self-esteem and depression. They often have little time for themselves or social and health promoting activities.

2. Actions

  • Prevening Dementia

    To educate and encourage people in a relaxed & creative atmosphere and stressing the importance of dementia, long term condition, and encourage the benefits to themselves and their loved ones of healthy lifestyle activities, put them on the right path for their future wellbeing.

    EMC's project is open to anyone who wants to improve their quality of life, giving them an opportunity to tlk about their problems, develop their self-esteem, to be in touch with their emotions & to learn the

    Case study
  • Creative Maths for over 50s

    We will run a class on creative maths for people over 50 to help address social isolation and keep people active

  • Empowering, Education & Training

    We will ensure our staff, volunteers and trustees are trained as Dementia Friends. We want our clients to have gained the confidence to speak open about their problems.

  • Dementia Friends

    Host Dementia Friends information session at Believe In Yourself group.