BEMSCA (Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association)

Contact details:

Fairfield house

2 Kelston Road (Via Partis Way)

Bath BA1 3QJ

Tel: 01225 464 165

Fax: 01225 464 165

Email: bemsca@btopenworld.com

Webpage: http://bemsca.btck.co.uk

Outline of organisation:

Set in the beautiful location of Fairfield House in peaceful grounds on the edge of the city, BEMSCA is an extremely active and friendly day centre, which prides itself on creating a supportive and stimulating environment for our users.

BEMSCA provides a luncheon club service for Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) senior citizens at Fairfield House. More importantly it offers a space where older people can meet and socialise as there is no other place in Bath & North East Somerset where this happens. The organisation gives advice on a number of issues such as health, housing and welfare benefits. It provides a wide range of activities such as art and craft, massage, singing, shopping trips, visits to places of interest, dominoes, mahjong etc.

Service users:

Senior citizens (primarily targets Caribbean, Asian and Chinese ethnicity)

Services:

Luncheon Club on Mondays and Fridays for Black and Ethnic Minority (B&EM) Senior Citizens.  Luncheon club open Mondays and Fridays 10.00 am- 4.00pm

Increase awareness of available Statutory and Voluntary service provisions.

Offer information and advice services to BME Senior Citizens.

Community transport (free pick up within Bath area).

Information: translation/interpreting in user languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi ,Urdu etc.)

Referrals of individual needs by staff to social workers.

Outreach work at home/hospital.

Visit by health professional when required.

Cost: Luncheon £4 Membership £5

Funding:

The project is funded by the Bath & North East Somerset, Adult and Health Services for staff salaries and running cost.

In 2009, BEMSCA received 3 years funding from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund to increase staffs hours and employ 3 new workers (a Caribbean Project Worker, an Administrator and a Transport Escort).

BEMSCA also receives smaller grants to fund activities i.e. massage, Tai-Chi and Crafts.

Receives funding from Lloyds TSB: Foundation for England and Wales

History:

BEMSCA was formed in 1993 to provide a Luncheon Club, information and advise service to the Caribbean, Asian and Chinese elders in Bath.

A study identify the needs of ethnic minority elders:

Language barriers

Social isolation

Inadequate access to services

From opening one day a week at Riverside Youth and Community Centre, it went to two days (Monday & Friday) a week in 1995 to a new home at Fairfield House in Kelston Road.

The project was managed by Steering Group and the Management Committee was formed in October 1995.

Relevant documents:

Newsletters (English and Chinese version) http://bemsca.btck.co.uk/Newsletter

BBC- Bristol- Bath pensioners learn computing 2 February 2009

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/bristol/hi/people_and_places/newsid_7864000/7864952.stm

Reports

Hearing Therapy Date: Equality Impact Assessment Report March 2009

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Community%20and%20Living/Hearing%20Therapy%20Equality%20Impact%20Assessment%202009%20Web.pdf

Rise Annual Report April 2009- March 2010

http://www.riseforsocent.org.uk/sites/default/files/e-library/RISEAnnualReport09-10.pdf

NHS Adult Care, Social Care and Housing: Equality Impact Assessment December 2009- February 2010

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Community%20and%20Living/Completed%20Equality%20Impact%20Assessments/Mosaic.pdf

Research:

Bath People first: Organisations in Bath and NE Somerset supporting independence

http://www.bathpeoplefirst.org.uk/org-sup-ind.pdf

Black development agency and Race Equality Council: Mapping the needs of ethnic minorities in Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire 2007

www.changeupwestofengland.org.uk

Projects:

Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Sport 7 September 2009

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/press%20releases/2006/lifeandleisure/Pages/culturaldiversitythroughsport.aspx

‘Rich in Health’ Main Fund- Project Outline Proposals 2011

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/communityandliving/fundingcommissioning/performancereward/Pages/projectoutlineproposals.aspx

Programme of music workshops and support groups thoughtout BANES Jan- Apr 2011

http://www.soundwell.org/downloads/soundwell-guab-programme-2011.pdf

Black History Month in Bath 2008

http://www.bath.ac.uk/universitysecretary/equalities/events/celebatingdiversity/blackhistorymonth08.html

Capacity Builders- BAME Social Enterprise

http://rise.altcom.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1214

Big lottery funding 2009

‘Special delivery of festive funding for South West communities’

http://news.biglotteryfund.org.uk/pr_221209_sw_rc_special_delivery_of_festive_funding_for_south_west_communities?regioncode=-e&status=theProg&title=Special%20delivery%20of%20festive%20funding%20for%20South%20West%20communities

Newspaper/ Articles:

Bath and North East Somerset Racial Equality Council Newsletter 3 August 2005

‘BEMSCA- Giving a helping hand to the Elders’

www.bathnesrec.org.uk/publications/3Aug_news_05.pdf

The Bath Chronicle 13 September 2007

‘BEMSCA Supper and Dancing’

http://batch-chronicle.vlex.co.uk/source/bath-chronicle-4275/issue/2007/9/13

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