Report recommends BME led voluntary and community organisations for older people work closely with statutory services
Research funded by Bristol City Council and carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with local groups found that BME (Black and other Minority Ethnic) community leaders are increasingly aware of how dementia affects many people from BME communities. The research found that community led VCSOs (Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations) are open to training and partnership working to enable them to provide better service to their members.
Bristol has a culturally diverse and ageing population. People from many BME communities in the UK are disproportionately affected by risk factors for dementia, including diabetes and cardio-vascular disease as well as being affected by a range of health inequalities. The number of people living with dementia is expected to increase significantly over the next 30 years, with a faster rate of increase amongst people of BME origins. A seven-fold increase in dementia cases is predicted for people of BME origins in comparison with a two-fold increase amongst people of white UK origins.