Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service raises awareness of dementia in BME (black and minority ethnic) communities and to ensure that people living with dementia are properly supported. Our aim is to break down the barriers that exist about dementia and bring it out into the open so that people can access the help they need.
We raise awareness and understanding of dementia within BME communities in Leeds by:
- Visiting day centres, community groups and religious centres to talk about dementia and tackle the stigma that surrounds dementia;
- Speaking to people in their own languages and offering culturally appropriate information in different languages;
- Running a monthly dementia café in Harehills, called Hamari Yaadain
To book an awareness session in English, Punjabi, Hindi or Urdu, please get in touch.
People who are living with dementia, their carers and families can get in touch for one-to-one support. We can, for instance, support you if you are having memory problems and are struggling to get a diagnosis.
To refer somebody to the service, please use our referral form. We also accept self-referrals.
South Asian Dementia Café – Hamari Yaadain (Our Memories)
Held on the first and third Thursday of every month, 1pm to 3pm at Touchstone Support Centre. We provide a cup of tea, cake and time to chat and provide support in mother tongue for memory, health and wellbeing. This is a mixed group of carers and people with Dementia from South Asian communities. Transport can be requested if you have limited mobility.
“We find the café very useful. It has been so good to come and share our experiences with others and hear about theirs too. We have enjoyed meeting lots of new people and this has really helped us in coming to terms with what we are going through.” – Mrs K.
BME Dementia Forum
Since 2013, when we founded the BME Dementia Forum, we have led a group of BME dementia workers in Leeds to improve services for people with dementia and their carer’s, specifically for people from BME communities.
Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service partnered with visual arts organisation, Pavilion to deliver a project which engaged older people from BME communities in creative arts workshops. We launched the project with our Hamari Yaadain Café members, before working with Sikh Elder’s Cha Da Cup group and then Leeds Irish Health and Homes’ CHIME group. We provided a range of creative activities for the groups, including silhouette making, painting, drawing, poetry and animation. Feedback has been really positive, and it is clear to see how much everyone enjoyed the chance to be together and get creative. Below are a few quotes from the group about the sessions:
“It’s been great because I haven’t done anything like this since I was a child.”
“I feel very relaxed…it is good for me to focus on something else for a while.”
“I have really enjoyed myself… it hasn’t been ‘good’, it’s been great!”
Earlier this year we are worked in partnership with Leeds Playhouse to write a Dementia Friendly play about the lives and experiences of our service users, which was part of LP’s Every Third Minute Festival. Writer and dementia campaigner, Ming Ho ran several workshops for our service users to explore their experience of living with dementia and/or caring for someone with dementia. Together we explored how dementia impacts our relationships, personal identity and lifestyle, with particular focus on exploring culturally specific topics which effect people from BME communities.
Dementia Friendly North Leeds
Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has received a Third Sector Health Grant from NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (LNCCG), which seeks to support two areas in North Leeds to become a more Dementia Friendly Communities. Touchstone BME Dementia service has been selected by LOPF to receive support for one year (starting from June 2017) to help make Chapeltown and Harehills dementia friendly communities.
Our blogs and news stories
- My experience working with Hamari Yaadain Dementia Cafe
- Phoenix Health and Wellbeing Therapy Sessions
- Interwoven Histories – Workshops with Leeds Irish Health and Homes
- Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!
- Leeds Playhouse Partnership
- Dementia Action Week 2018
- Interwoven Histories – Service Users share their life stories at Leeds Industrial Museum
- Interwoven Histories – Cha da Cup Group to publish poem with poet Ian Duhig
- BME Dementia Service featured in Dementia Friendly Newsletter
- Interwoven Histories – Cha Da Cup group create Silhouette Portraits with Simon Warner
- Hamari Yaadain features in Alzheimer’s Society’s Living with Dementia magazine
- Interwoven Histories – Artist film workshop with Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café
- Alzheimer’s Society – Our Memories
- Interwoven Histories – Hamari Yaadain group design flags for their roots, culture & identity
- Interwoven Histories – A new creative project for older BME people in Leeds!
- Celebration event for the International Day of Older People at Leeds City Museum
- Being a Dementia Champion
- Dementia journey with my mother
- Afternoon tea – supporting a neighbour
- Dementia and its impact on a family member
- Dementia journey with my relative
- My dad’s diagnosis
- Supporting a friend through her journey as a carer
- BME Dementia Service case study
- UK Dementia Congress 2016
- Creating Dementia Friendly Performances
- The role of a Dementia Champion
- Dementia Friendly Kirklees Team
- Carer’s Testimony
- Dementia Champions
- World Alzheimer’s Day – case study
- Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance
- Dementia awareness video from West Yorkshire Police
- Living well with Dementia in Leeds
- Evaluation of Touchstone’s Dementia Support Project for South Asian Families
- Dementia and BAME(Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities
- Dementia Conference Report
- South Asian Dementia Cafe