Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Carers
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) carers face same challenges as all carers. In addition to this, BAME carers also face additional barriers including cultural barriers, stereotypes and language barriers which can increase the chances of poorer health, poverty and social exclusion. Nationally, statistics indicate that BAME individuals are more likely to be caring for a sick or disabled child, especially for an adult disabled son or daughter aged 20-24. In addition to this, BAME carers are more likely to care for someone with a mental illness and less likely to access support services (Carers UK, 2011).
DRI is working with Care for the Carers (East Sussex), to set up a peer support group in addition to a series of focus groups that will be focused on understanding the experiences of BAME carers and barriers to accessing support.
A carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental or physical illness, substance mis use or someone who needs extra help as they grow older. You are caring for someone when the person you are looking after would really struggle without your support.
If you are from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Background and look after a family member, neighbour or friend, please get in touch. You can express your interest by filling out our short survey using this THIS LINK. Alternatively, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DRI would like to hear from BAME individuals based in East Sussex.
*If English is not your first language, we will be providing language support. We are working with Bilingual advocates and outreach workers to reach out to BAME carers across East Sussex.