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Our Values

We are SAMEC Trust, which stands for Service Access to Minority Ethnic Communities.

SAMEC Trust believes the successful integration of the increasingly diverse communities is vital to a cohesive society.

  • Compassion – we will contribute to the good of all society
  • Quality – what we do, we do well
  • Integrity – grassroot real experiences
  • Unity – We will bring together people of all races, ethnicity and background through positive shared contribution
  • Empowerment – We are proponents of co-creationism believing in the empowerment of individuals to take an active role in shaping services

We are about improving the quality of life for the people we serve, empowering them to be better informed and access the services they need – vital work that simply wouldn’t happen without SAMEC Trust.


The SAMEC TRUST was founded by Dr Saber Khan following the death of his best friend and father of a heart attack at the age of 59.

Saber was hit hard and despite progressing in his own profession he always finds time to think of some of the questions about the heath of communities predisposed to certain risks. It was this that gave him the passion to organise a conference ‘How accessible are your services to people from minority ethnic communities’’ in 1995 attended by over 90 health and social care charities and bodies. Having a will but not having the know how was the message from leading mainstream charities and this was the reason why SAMEC Trust was formed as a national charity.

Dr Saber felt that we are responsible for our own actions and can not rely on things to happen without making that first step. In 1996 he wrote Todays Concerns and Bleak Tomorrows – a national study of the Housing and Health needs of older people from West Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian communities .

This was launched at the Queen Elizabeth 2 Conference Centre in Westminster after attracting considerable interest from media and policy makers. Since then SAMEC Trust has made a difference and yet more needs to be done. Covid 19 has reinforced the sad reality of disproportionate health disadvantages facing black and minority communities.

We will do our best to make a difference for even one person – as individuals form a community and we are part of one society.