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Croydon BME Forum

Croydon BME (black & minority ethnic) Forum is the umbrella organisation for Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector, engaging people, building capacity, and promoting equality and cohesion. The Forum was established to maximise the engagement of BME communities in all aspects of living and working in Croydon. We make representations on behalf of Croydon’s black and minority ethnic communities to public sector agencies and non-statutory organisations.

Updated:
11 December 2018
Location:
London
Sectors:
Commissioners Sector, Communication, Faith Groups, Membership Organisations, Other
Local Alliances:
Croydon 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?

Our outcomes:

  • To provide our staff with a good knowledge and understanding of dementia so they can be more effective in their work
  • Introduce some changes to our office environment to improve accessibility for people with dementia
  • To promote the well-being, independence, self-determination and dignity of people living with dementia, their family and carers. We would achieve this by helping them access the services they need as and when they want to.

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

  • Ensuring that we are able to deliver the appropriate training for our staff and volunteers

 

  • Finding effective ways of delivering Dementia Friends information session in a way that overcomes the stigma attached to dementia

 

  • Finding ways of working with younger generation so that they understand the support needed for people with dementia and their family and carers.

 

Member website

bmeforum.org

2. Actions

  • Delivering Dementia Friends Awareness sessions for all staff members and interested volunteers.

    We would ensure all new staff, and interested volunteers would receive a Dementia Friends awareness sessions as part of their induction.

    We would hold public events to promote awareness of dementia and reducing negative perceptions of dementia.

    Status:
    Delivery, Planning
  • Conduct a dementia friendly audit of our building to support those visitors who are living with dementia.

    Download the ‘Dementia Friendly Physical Environments’ and other guidelines from Alzheimer’s Society website and implement the changes required to make our office dementia friendly.

    Status:
    Planning, Initial Scoping
  • Try to engage more effectively with BME communities Asian community in order to deliver the dementia friendly sessions.

    Work with BME groups in contact with Croydon BME forum and beyond to ensure that as many sessions as possible are delivered to minority ethnic communities.

    Status:
    Planning