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Dorset Ethnic Minority Association is a pioneering community organisation in the honouring, celebration and showcasing positive contributions to the Dorset Community by the Ethnic Minorities within Dorset.

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25 Winners Crowned at Inaugural DEMA Awards Ceremony

twenty three outstanding individuals and businesses were awarded a winners trohpies at the 2018 Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards (DEMA) this last saturday. The event billed as Dorset biggest Cultural Showcase was held at the Bournemouth International Centre over the weekend and attracted the most diverse audience that most guests had ever experienced in a similar setting.

In attendance were many pinnacle members Dorset’s community including Dorset and Wiltshire Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell, BU Head of Regional Community Partnerships Ian Jones, AFC Bournemouth Equality Partnerships Executive Ben Abberstein, Dorset Healthcare NHS Equality and Diversity David Corbin and his Excellency the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllrs Lawrence and Elaine Williams.

Guests and VIP’s were treated to a welcome drinks reception, a scrumptious three course meal, an awards ceremony and cultural showcase. The event was the culmination of a year long campaign to recognise, showcase and celebrate positive role models and personalities from the ethnic minorities in Dorset. DEMA is an annual event that focuses on raising the profiles of exceptional individuals in the community and will be annually celebrated Red carpet style and Cultural Showcase.


by Tidi Kwidini -DEMA Publicity Team

Corporate businesses join forces with Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards 

Bournemouth AFC, Bournemouth University, BU International College, Dorset Race Equality Council and other local businesses have partnered with The Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards (DEMA) to support the launch of the county’s first ever Ethnic Minority Awards.

The awards will showcase and celebrate Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) trailblazers in the community, who are excelling in their chosen field, in a broad spectrum of industries.

Nominations for the awards opened on 9 February across 10 categories that include, male and female entrepreneur of the year, as well as an award that will recognise an unsung hero in the community


Nominations extended to 19 May.  

As part of its on going drive to find the most deserving candidates for nominations, Dorset Ethnic minority Awards Chief Executive Nanzy Sebata, announced a further ten days would be added to the nominations window. Intially public nominations has been set to close on the ninth of May 2018, but this date has since been adjusted to the 19th. This gives the public 100 calendar days to nominate as many deseving candidates as they can.

Tickets Lines will also be opening on the 19th of May to kick of the Sales Drive for the event.Buy Tickets >>

Cherries Community Funds Sponsors DEMA.  

The AFC Bournemouth Cherries Community fund has awarded a £1000 (one thousand pounds) grant to the Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards. The Cherries Community Funds joins many influencial businesses and community grous that have pledged support for the Innaugural Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards to be held in September at the BIC Solent Hall in Bournemouth.

In further cementing their support for the Dorset Ethnic minority Awards, The Cherries Community Fund will also continue to generate awareness. Buy Tickets >>

Ethnic Population in Dorset

Dorset NHS staff are Ethnic Minorities

businesses owned by ethnics

of under 24's are ethnic minorities



Every year, Awards will be presented to winners at a 5-star pinnacle Awards Ceremony and Dinner Gala. These awards aim to recognise and showcase those businesses, groups and individuals who have demonstrated a real passion and achieved success in the Dorset community.

Winners will be selected by a group of peers selected from pillars in the community and presented to the community at this exquisite event.

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Our Targets

Championing Greater Awareness of Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic Minorities make up 5% of Dorset’s population, that is a whopping 40 000 people. Ethnic Minorities are a part of today’s diverse community, contributing millions of pounds to Dorset’s tourism and consumption industry.

Ethnic Minority can be categorised using ethnicity, religion, race, nationality and language yet they contribute hugely to Dorsets business economy generating income for the county.

According to the National Stats Office, “Dorset has an ethnic minority population of over 35,000 people.and 18% of under 24’s in Dorset are from ethnic minority groups.

Enhancing Social Inclusion in Dorset

We are all about augmenting social adhesion and increasing the social integration of ethnic minority groups within the entire community of Dorset.

This will be achieved through breaking down stereotypes which blinker-out positive perceptions of ethnic minorities and their contributions. DEMA will create a platform where the positive impactful contributions by ethnic minorities are showcased in the hope of laying a solid foundation for social inclusion of ethnic minorities.

Social inclusion is paramount in makig all ethnic groups within Dorset – feel valued, included and important.

Promoting Equality and Diversity in the Dorset

Ethnic Minorities include superficial traits such as ethnic or national origins, skin colour and or nationality. Apart from those descriptive traits, ethnic minorities are a just the same as everyone else.

One of our goals is to promote inter-cultural acceptance and tearing down negative stereotypes so as to ensure Ethnic minorities is awarded equal opportunities, regardless of their ethnicity or their origin.

Ethnic minorities work extremely as hard to achieve a better community status and it is only fitting that we highlight these positive achievements to the community and build a community of acceptance and equality.


Community Development

Allowing the community to develop greater insight into Ethnic Minority communities so as to enhance understanding, inclusion and acceptance.

Dedicated Support for Growth

Showcasing of successful Ethnic Minority business brands, projects and community groups to the wider community of Dorset.

A Networking Platform for Ethnic Minorities and the Community

Promoting greater awareness of projects and ventures, through networking events will be led by successful candidates who have broken into the market and continue to strive for excellence and impacting the community in a positive manner.

In today’s Britain, issues such as Brexit, and immigration have left many with a sour taste in their mouth towards ethnic minorities who are inadvertently labelled foreigners because they have non-indigenous traits ie. skin colour, language or nationality. A misconception pushed by the media is that ethnic minorities are in Britain to suck the benefits system dry. It is generally assumed that persons of ethnic minority origin do not contribute to the community and are mainly in the country to pilfer as much as possible, before returning to their home countries. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our approach is to eradicate ignorance and stereotypes by creating a platform where ethnic minorities can shine and allow the community of Dorset – an opportunity to see the positive contributions and successes of ethnic minorities in Dorset. It is a way of informing our community that Ethnic minorities are a positive part of the community.

As a community, Dorset is rich in culture and diversity and we aim to create a platform where the community is able to embrace cultural differences and accept that ethnic minorities view Dorset as their home and as such want to see the county prosper. It is these positive contributions, success stories and achievements in the community or business that Dorset Ethnic Minority wants to showcase to the entire population of Dorset and possibly Britain as a nation.


As an entity, we believe that ignorance is one of the reasons our community is apprehensive towards diversity. Our community lacks information and is therefore left to draw conclusions on an entire group of people based on uninformed perceptions such as stereotypes or negative press.

Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards is the platform Dorset needs as this is the perfect platform for showcasing positives successes, contributions and positively impacting ventures by ethnic minorities. This Innovative Platform will allow the greater community of Dorset an opportunity to view (in a positive light,) the positive contributions of Ethnic Minorities to the Dorset Community.

Ethnic minorities are an integral part of today's community. Ethnic minorities have individual and group goals, they have achievements and failures and they too call Dorset - 'HOME'.
An ideal Dorset would be one where all (indigenous and ethnic minority groups) people within our society feel valued and important.
By pushing for equality, broadening of the acceptance of diversity, and grant of opportunities for success, DEMA aims to galvanise a Dorset community not biased on ethnicity, nationality and social class but on merit based on everyone’s contribution to the positive reputation, financial stability and economic growth of Dorset.