We want to ensure that all communities across Gateshead, (regardless of ethnicity, faith, culture, religion, background), have access to our services and feel welcome to contribute and get involved in our work. We do this through building relationships with the communities themselves, spending time with already established groups and taking opportunities to attend community activities and events to share our information. We work with community leaders to help identify ‘hidden carers’ – those who may not realise they are carers, but look after a relative or friend not being aware that there is support out there for them. We use translators and interpreters whenever necessary, and plan activities carefully to respect cultural and religious preferences.
Hard to Reach Carers
Our dedicated BME Development Worker has forged links with various different communities living in Gateshead. This has allowed us to offer help to carers who may not have been able to access support due to language or cultural barriers, or because they may not have been aware it was available to them.
We currently support carers from the following communities:
- Czech Roma
We provide a number of support groups for BME carers currently including; Polish, Czech Roma, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, African and Muslim. These groups usually meet once a month to take part in a social activity and to receive support from one of our Carer Support Workers. We can arrange sessions with groups or individual carers from BME communities to offer support with the aid of a translator. Please let us know if you would like us to support carers within your community.
If you would like further information about language support for a particular group of carers, please get in touch with our BME Development Worker… Call 0191 4900121 or contact us here.