Health & Wellbeing

Dorset Race Equality Council works with the National Health Service [NHS] in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole to provide health information of value to black and minority ethnic [BME] people living and working in the area and to provide them with an effective ‘voice’ concerning their experience of NHS services .

Current campaigns and topical information is published on the Home page and recent ones can be accessed from this Health & Wellbeing section on our website.

We provide two consultation groups - a BME NHS service users’ engagement network, and a BME carers group – to support BME residents using NHS services in our area. Please contact us for more information if you would like to get involved with the Engagement Network or Carers Groups.

For information on how to access local health service provision (doctors, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies) visit the NHS Choices website ( for more information.

Our Mission Statement concerning fairness and inclusion in Healthcare and Social Care

Dorset Race Equality Council believes that all people should have equal access to medical, health and social care services, and that individuals from ethnic minority communities in Dorset must receive fair and effective treatment from providers.

We believe that the National Health Service (NHS) is there to serve all members of society in an equitable way: irrespective of their ethnic origin or culture.

Dorset Race Equality Council wants to hear from you about any gaps in service provision that you or the people you know may be experiencing. People often find it difficult to navigate the NHS system: especially those with complex needs, and as a result their confidence in the NHS is diminished. We want to help restore this confidence, by making sure that everyone receives a comprehensive and joined-up service.

Working in partnership with the Dorset area NHS and social services, we obtain feedback about the reasons why ethnic minority service users report lower levels of satisfaction than those from the majority population. We are passionate about addressing this challenge and through our work with and on behalf of the communities we serve, we seek to bring about positive change.


Here is what our Health & Wellbeing groups do:

 BME Carers’ Network

The Dorset Race Equality Council has convened a Carers’ Network to enable people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to provide feedback on their experiences and input into service development. The network will also be used to disseminate information about the support that is available for people with caring responsibilities, with a view to boosting the registration of carers from BME communities.

 BME Health Involvement Network

The Dorset Race Equality Council is developing a network of people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups in Dorset, who act as community representatives and feed into consultation activities by the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in order to shape service provision to their needs. Information is also disseminated throughout the network to enable people to make healthy choices and get more out of existing services.

10th October - World Mental Health Day

2016 10 03 WorldMentalHealthDayThe World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise "awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health."

We are pleased to intoroduce "The World Mental Health Day 2016 week programme " as a result of a collaboration between: Bournemouth University;Students' Union Bournemouth University; Borough of Poole; Dorset HealthCare University NHS; Foundation Trust; Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner; Dorset Mental Health Forum; Dorset Mind and Healthwatch Dorset.

Please register yourself for any of the seminars here

Diabetes Awareness Week - REMINDER


If you want to know more about diabetes and/or have any questions about it, please pop in to Boscombe Link 3 to 5 Palmerston Road Boscombe BH1 4HN on

Thursday the 16th June 2016 from 11.00 to 1.30pm

A specialist nurse will hold an open "surgery" to answer all your questions.

For more information, please call 01202 392 954

Cookery Classes for all in Weymouth

2016 0505 UIVCookery CoursesUnity In Vision and the Friendly Food Club have the pleasure to invite you to take part in an amazing and exciting 6 week cookery workshop starting on the 9th May 2016 in Weymouth. There are still places available and if there is a high interest further workshops will be planned. Please see booking details on the poster or visit


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