Dementia Awareness in BME Communities 2018

Dementia Friendly Keighley (DFK) is working towards making Keighley a better place for people living with dementia…The BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Project is a twelve month project aimed at reaching out to all the BME community in the Bradford district, particularly concentrating on Keighley…DFK through two of its committee members, Maggie Marsden and Roy Williams applied and were successful in obtaining a £10,000 National Lottery grant to support this work…

Roy Williams was tasked at delivering the project as he had a vast knowledge of experience and contacts in Keighley…Roy’s background is in Race Relations having worked as a Race Equality Officer for Bradford Racial Equality Council for three years and a Diversity Officer in Rochdale for over eight years…

Despite Keighley having a very diverse ethnic population, we recognize the majority of our activities are almost entirely used by people from the white British community…Dementia affects people from all backgrounds and does not target any one group, male, female, black, white, gay, straight, or any other sexual orientation, class or religion…

The BME project is aiming to reach over 250 people who will then become ‘Dementia Friends’ and ultimately wear the badge to promote dementia awareness across the Bradford district…This project will document through photographs and written text the varied groups taking part…

The ultimate aim is to make all communities in Keighley, a town that reflects a dementia friendly community…