Strengthening support for BAME carers
We want to ensure that all carers can benefit from the support we offer. To that end we have identified some groups of carers who we know we have to work harder to reach.
For example we know there are 500,000 Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) carers in England. BAME carers provide more care than average. They face additional difficulties as they care, struggling with language barriers, accessing culturally appropriate services and with stereotyping around caring. This puts them at greater risk of ill health, poverty, loss of employment and social exclusion.
In developing our new service we will be working with BAME carers and organisations – including Hikmat Devon (www.hikmatdevon.co.uk) – to develop a plan to ensure that this is achieved.
We will identify staff who will act as local champions for the needs of BAME carers and help to deliver the plans, which will include:
- Training for staff and volunteers
- Community based outreach work and publicity
- Carers support groups and other activities/events
If you have ideas or suggestions for how we can improve our work with BAME carers please get in touch – we are very keen to hear from you.