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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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Accepting nominations for 2019

The Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards Jury and Board of Executives is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 DEMA Awards. Now in its second year, the awards aim to recognise, celebrate and showcase positive role models and achievements within  Dorset.

Head Juror Sarah Ali Choudhury said “The public is encouraged to take advantage of the nomination window, to submit as many deserving candidates as they can. All submitted nominations are subject to vetting and authentication by the DEMA Jury.

Nominations close on 22 May 2019


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Celebrating Excellence

The first ever Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards ceremony was held on the 29th of September 2018. The event was a resounding success. Over 350 attendees graced Dorset’s biggest cultural including His Excellency The Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor and Lady Lawrence.

Other guests included the Fire and Rescue Board-members, delegates from AFC Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, Nativ Restaurant, Adriel Care, The Armed Forces and the NHS. There was an array of entrepreneurs, business owners and community organisations also in attendance.

“I was awestruck the entire time. I never realised nor had the opportunity to really see the positive impact ethnic minorities had on Dorset’s community. It was an amazing opportunity to meet people from other ethnics and to discover the amount of talent and opportunities socially, in business and community. Well done to the DEMA team, for putting together such a huge mainstream event.” said Emi Looker – the C.E.O of Native Nutrition.

Ethnic Population in Dorset

Dorset NHS staff are Ethnic Minorities

businesses owned by ethnics

of under 24's are ethnic minorities

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.