Promoting Equality Respecting Diversity Embedding Inclusion


Edinburgh, July 1 2013: A Multi-Lingual Dementia Information Pack – developed specifically to help meet the needs of black and ethnic minority (BME) clients and their carers – will be launched this week by the Older People Services Project.

The Lottery-funded Older People Services Development Project – jointly run by the Trust Housing Association, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association and Bield Housing and Care – works closely with older people from BME communities throughout Scotland, along with their families and community groups, to help them learn about and access vital benefits and services to which they are entitled.

In October 2012, the Older People Services Development Project carried out a widespread consultation that highlighted a number of key issues around information on dementia concerning older clients from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds.

As part of their response to this, the Older People Services Development Project has worked together with the Dementia Services Development Centre to create the Multi-Lingual Dementia Information Pack that will be launched on Wednesday, July 3 at the:

Dementia Seminar, President Suite, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, 10.30-2.30pm.

“While there is a wealth of information on dementia generally available, this is not always easily accessible to BME clients for a number of socio-economic and cultural reasons, including illiteracy in their own language,” says Rohini Sharma Joshi, Older People Services Development Project Manager and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager of Trust Housing Association.

“The consultation highlighted that some older BME clients and carers had no knowledge at all of dementia. More commonly there was a limited understanding of the condition, its symptoms and causes, and how to care for people suffering from dementia. The Multi-Lingual Dementia Information Pack meets the demand for written information in diverse languages and can also be used in helping to deliver information verbally.”

With up to 86,000 people now estimated to have dementia in Scotland, the number is expected to double over the next 25 years.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “We know dementia impacts on individuals and families from all our communities. I welcome the publication of this multi-lingual dementia information pack which will help inform BME communities about the illness. It supports our second National Dementia Strategy, which will address the needs of individuals in these communities by ensuring they receive holistic, person-centred care and support.

“The strategy will also further improve diagnosis rates, transform the quality of post-diagnostic support, boost community care and take forward a national action plan on reforming care for people with dementia in hospitals. In a world-leading commitment, everyone in Scotland diagnosed from April 1 is entitled to a named support worker to help them and their families understand the illness, manage symptoms and plan for care.”

The pack’s launch was also welcomed by Professor June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling. Professor Andrews /

/ said: "There is now a great international movement to make all communities dementia friendly. This means supporting families and friends to make life the best it can be for people with dementia.

“This multi-lingual resource is one of the basic tools that will help make this possible for people with dementia and all older people from minority ethnic communities, and it is a fantastic resource for everyone."

Carolyn Sawers, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Head of Policy and Learning, added: “We have committed almost £1/2 million to the Older People Services Development Project as we know how important this work is and we know how disempowering dementia can be for all involved.

“The Big Lottery Fund want to ensure older people from all backgrounds are supported across a range of issues they face. The project is a great example of a partnership from the housing associations, enabling as wide a scope of people as possible to benefit from our National Lottery funding.”