BME Dementia Service

Hamari Yaadain Dementia Cafe Group, October 2017

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.

Awareness Raising

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.

One-to-one support

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.

Partnership Projects

  • 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.

  • Interwoven Histories

    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!”

Click here to find out more

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.

Click here to find out more about this project.

  • 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.

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