Minority Ethnic Services

 The Action Group


The Action Group - for children and adults with support needs and learning disabilities - and their carers.  Services are currently offered across Edinburgh, Lothians and Falkirk.

This service also provides people from Black and Ethnic Minorities with advice and assistance to access social work services, education, health and housing.

BBC Religion Multi Faith Calendar


This site provides a list of dates all holy days and religious festivals for the coming year across all the main faiths.  There are also links from this site to information on the customs and beliefs of the different religions and faiths.



BEMIS Scotland was established in 2002 to address the gap that exists in support for the ethnic and cultural minority voluntary sector in Scotland. BEMIS’ objectives are:

To empower and build the capacity of minority formal and informal community organisations

To be a key player and proactive stakeholder in leading on lobbying and influencing policy development at all levels in relation to Ethnic Minorities and the Race Equality agenda in Scotland (strategic partnership role to the Government).

To help develop, promote & progress inclusive society and democratic active citizenship for all in a multicultural Scotland at Scottish, UK and European levels. In addition, be pro-active in supporting and promoting Democracy & Human Rights Education in Scotland ensuring inclusive active citizenship roles for the diverse Ethnic Minority communities. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission 


The EHRC can provide legal advice and assistance to people who think they have been discriminated against. It should be noted that theEHRC does not rule on whether or not discrimination has occurred: this is for an employment tribunal or a court to decide.

The EHRC also has powers under the Race Relations Act to investigate companies or organisations where there is evidence of possible discrimination, and require them to make changes to their policies and practices. It can also take legal action against companies or organisations in certain specific circumstances (for example, if they have published a discriminatory advertisement).



Barnardo's APNA project. Support for Asian families with a disabled child in the southside of Glasgow.


Barnardos Family Placement Service is a voluntary fostering agency based in Edinburgh and through their Rainbow Families project can find temporary or longer term placements for children with carers from BME communities.

Rainbow Families can also offer training and advice to professional agencies involved in the assessment and care planning of BME children.

Frae Fife


Fairness, Race Awareness and Equality Fife is a partnership between service providers and BME groups in Fife working together to overcome problems and lack of opportunities being experienced by people in BME communities. Frae Fife is working to increase self-confidence, knowledge and skills, thus making it easier for communities to exercise their rights as citizens and to access services which take into consideration their language, culture and tradition.

Minority Ethnic Carer's of Older People Project


Providing support to Black and Minority Ethnic carers in the Edinburgh and Lothian area to access supports and services appropriate to their caring situation.  Mecopp are expanding to other areas in Scotland.  For further information contact the organisation.

Mult Kulti


Part of the London Advice Service Alliance which operates a website with a range of welfare law information translated into a large number of minority ethnic languages.  There is a section on information specifically for carers.

One Scotland


One Scotland is the Scottish Executive campaign designed to tackle racism in this country. It aims to raise awareness of racist attitudes and highlight its negative impact, to make Scotland no place for racism.    

Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000


This link will take you to the Office of Public Service Information Site and the explanatory notes to the amended Race Relations Act.

Runnymede Trust


Runnymede has been at the forefront of the fight against social injustice and racial discrimination since 1968.

The Trust aims to stimulate debate and suggest forward-looking strategies in areas of public policy such as education, the criminal justice system, employment and citizenship.

Scottish Executive Health Department: Fair For All Guidance


A link to the SEHD guidance on the duties and responsibilities of NHS Boards and Trusts in regard to implementing the Race Relations (Amendment ) Act 2000 within NHS Boards and Trusts.

Care 21: The Future of Unpaid Care in Scotland


The report sets out the recommendations of a research project on the future of unpaid carers in Scotland, commissioned by Care 21, a social care innovation unit within the Social Work Services Policy Division of the Scottish Executive.  This link will take you to the key findings from the report, including a summary of the specific issues affecting black and minority ethnic carers.  

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