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Celebrate Excellence

The Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards (DEMA) is a pioneering community organisation in the honouring, celebration and showcasing the pinnacle of success and philanthropy to the Dorset Community by the Ethnic Minorities within Dorset

We bring communities together to promote social cohesion, promote business across all communities and promote culture.

Our Flag ship event is the DEMA Awards Ceremony and cultural Showcase is a red carpet style event, graced by over 400 influential contacts, businessmen and women, officers, sports personalities, academics as well as key representatives in the entire ethnic community of Dorset.

Last year (2018) at a glamorous and spectacle filled ceremony, DEMA crowned 23 award winners for their amazing contributions and successes which has greatly impacted the ethnic community positively .

Now in its second year, the DEMA awards aim to recognise, celebrate and showcase positive role models and achievements and contributions by ethnic communities within  Dorset.

The Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards gala will be held on 29 November 2019 at the Lighthouse in Poole.

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Our Aims

In today’s Britain, issues such as the economy, immigration, and Brexit have left many with a sour taste in their mouth towards ethnic minorities who are inadvertently labeled 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.

We aim to remedy this through positives engagement and showcasing the positive contributions that ethnic minorities make. If the greater community is more informed they will make less judgement based on what the media portrays.

Our Approach

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 the positive contributions, success stories and achievements in the community or business that DEMA wants to recognise, showcase and celebrate

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.

Enhancing Social Inclusion in 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.

The 2nd Annual

Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards

29 Nov 2019

Poole lighthouse, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

Celebrate Excellence