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Bengali Workers Association

The Bengali Workers Association (BWA) is a grassroots organisation based in the Regents Park Ward of Camden. Since its foundation by a group of community activists providing advice and support to newly arrived Bangladeshi immigrants, it has matured into a widely respected community anchor operating from a building, the Surma Centre, which represents a landmark for the community. BWA’s close links to the community means that we are able to recognise the unmet needs of local residents and fill the gaps in service provision, as well as provide a focus around which people can come together to celebrate their differences and achievements. Loneliness and isolation, poor mental and physical health, and marginalisation making it difficult to access basic mainstream services, are just some of the difficulties which users of the Surma Centre face, and which BWA’s programme of activities are designed to address. Our track record of good service delivery and reputation as a mouthpiece for local people has meant that BWA is increasingly being looked to as an advocate for, and a conduit to, the longstanding local population. We are now, often sought out as a delivery partner for projects which aim to target our beneficiaries. We act as a strategic organisation to engage with service providers and to enable those providers to adapt services to better meet the needs of that community. We hope you will find here: • An active, lively, growing and well led community. • An enabling environment where those who are otherwise socially excluded feel that they are part of the larger community. • Communities’ needs and priorities are brought forward. • Neighbours feel involved and valued.

17 October 2018
Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Camden 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?

Action plan

We aim to ensure that we provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors to our Surma Community Centre and those whom we reach through external activities, including people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

  •  Ensure that the staff and volunteers at the Surma Centre are trained as Dementia Friends.
  • Have at least one member of staff/ volunteer trained as Dementia Friends Champion.
  • Distribute information about support and resources available to local people affected by dementia and also the older persons group that the Centre supports.
  • Review signage in the Surma Centre so that it is dementia-friendly.


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

We do not anticipate any significant barriers to delivery of our actions.

Member contacts

Bengali Workers’ Association | Surma Community Centre | 1 Robert Street | London | NW1 3JU

Tel: 020 7388 7313


Member website


2. Actions