Funded by the Welsh Government as part of their Section 64 grants, the All-Wales BAME Mental Health Project focuses on representing the views, opinions and experiences of BME adults with mental ill-health to policy makers and practitioners at a strategic level. This engagement helps ensure that the barriers specific to BAME people are taken into account in the development and implementation of legislation, policies, procedures and practices throughout Wales.
This work also involves a specific focus on Dementia among Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Communities. There is a dearth of research on older people within these communities and Diverse Cymru has worked hard over the last 4 years to provide an evidence base as a platform to create meaningful change. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has found that people from BAME backgrounds are less likely to receive a diagnosis or support due to a lack of evidence, so the importance of our work cannot be understated.
We know that people of BAME origins experience dementia in markedly different ways to white British people, For example diagnosis is more likely to occur at an advanced stage of the illness, there is a lower take-up of mainstream dementia services, and the availability of culturally appropriate forms of post-diagnostic support is variable.
We work closely with BAME communities in Wales, with BAME led organisations with an interest in older people, dementia care, and support in Wales. We have hosted seminars on dementia care in BAME communities highlighting good practice across Wales. We have also produced several ground-breaking reports on Dementia among BAME communities in Wales:
As I Walk the Last Mile of the Way.
Read more about our Dementia work.