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BME Carer Project

Solihull Carers Centre had commissioned a volunteer led project into “Increasing Solihull Carers Service uptake amongst BME Carers in Solihull”. It was a volunteer led project undertaken by our Volunteer Research Assistants.

BME Carers are currently underrepresented nationally and also locally in the Solihull Borough.

The research project aimed to identify and address the unique needs of the Solihull BME Carer Community.

What is a BME Carer?

Carers from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, in common with carers more generally, work tirelessly in support of those they care for, often without pay or recognition and often to the detriment of their own health and well-being. While BME and white carers face similar difficulties in their caring role (namely high levels of stress and difficulties securing paid employment), BME carers are known to experience unique challenges in accessing support services. These challenges arise in the main from a lack of self-identification among BME individuals of their status as carers and hence an absence of policy recognition of their needs, compounded by stereotypical assumptions of how their needs are, or should be, met. (Source: IRISS)

Solihull BME Carer Facts:

The ethnic profile of carers in Solihull is similar to that across England as a whole with individuals from a white background most likely to have a caring role and those from a mixed race background least likely to. The variations in the carers rate among different ethnic groups is likely to be a result of differences in their respective age profiles. For instance,

39% of Solihull’s white population is aged 50 or over whereas among the mixed race population it is just 7%. This is significant because individuals are more likely to be a carer later in life.

 

Solihull

% of Ethnic Group   Population

Count   2011

Solihull

England

West Midlands
White

22,240

12.1%

10.7%

11.5%

Mixed Race

248

5.6%

5.6%

5.5%

Asian/Asian British

1,190

8.8%

8.5%

8.9%

Black/Black British

322

9.9%

7.1%

8.2%

Other Ethnic Group

113

9.2%

7.0%

7.8%

Source: ONS Census 2011

 

BME Carers Graphs