If you are Black, Asian or from another ethnic community, we recognise you may experience additional challenges as a Carer.
You might have difficulty speaking or understanding English or experience difficulties with people and services understanding your culture or the support you or the person you care for need. You might be worried about asking for help or feeling unsure about what might happen if you do.
Whatever your situation, please contact us we will listen to what matters to you and give you information about support available to you. (If you need an interpreter, we are happy to arrange one for you).
Listen to Jay and Avni talking about how we helped them in their caring role.
Our team want to ensure you have a positive experience of using our service, so please tell us or ask us to how we can tailor the support we give you. Here’s some examples:
- Are there special beliefs or customs you would like to keep related to this health problem?
- How would you like to be addressed by our staff?
- Are there certain cultural courtesies we should practice when we communicate with or visit you?
There are 500,000 Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) carers in England. A report by national charity Carers UK, shows that BAME Carers provide more care than average. It also high lights that BAME Carers face additional difficulties which may put them at greater risk of ill health, poverty, loss of employment and social exclusion. The report analyses existing provisions and sets clear recommendations for local authorities, health and wellbeing boards, primary care trusts and GP consortia to improve services.
Want to engage with other BAME Carers?
Carers UK have a forum Carers from black and ethnic communities.
If you look after a relative or friend who could not manage without you, we can provide the information and support you need by phone, email, online, text and in person.