Black and Minority Ethnic Carers
Southwark is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of Britain. Services detailed here include organisations which are especially for black and minority ethnic communities, e.g. by providing translation/interpretation services or culturally sensitive material.
Council and health services
The health and local authorities have a responsibility to provide services that cater for black and minority ethnic communities, such as translators, ethnic specific meals-on-wheels and culturally sensitive personal care. If you have specific needs you should make them clear with the department you are dealing with.
The Afiya Trust is a national charity which provides multi-lingual information and support for carers and families affected by cancer and mental health problems. Free audio tapes on Caring for someone with cancer are available in Bengali, Cantonese, Gujurati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Assistance and advice on immigration and nationality issues is available locally from the Afro-Asian Advisory Service.
The Multi-Lingual Community Rights Shop provides free and independent advice on issues such as housing, employment, benefits and immigration to people who have difficulty understanding English.
The Naz Project provides sexual health and HIV prevention services to the South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, Horn of African and Latin American communities in London.
Many of these organisations provide factsheets and other material in a number of languages.
Taifa Community Care Project has a Carers Development Worker who works with black and minority ethnic communities and can provide advice on local and national services.