Our Impact

Haref Network - through the Haref Network, we have collectively identified specific issues affecting local BAME communities and devised a strategic plan to tackle these issues through working groups. You can read more about the key issues we have identified under Why is Haref Important?

Haref Allies – we have established a strong network of health organisations who want to support our work and better engage with BAME communities.

EU Settlement Scheme – uncertainty around immigration status has a direct effect on health and access to health services. We have been working with Riverside Community Health Project, The Children’s Society and The North East Law Centre to promote support available to EU citizens who wish to apply for Settled Status in order to stay in the UK after we leave the EU.

Safe Surgeries – we have partnered with Doctors of the World to promote their Safe Surgeries initiative and encouraged local GP practices to become Safe Surgeries. This means they are committed to improving access to health care and, as a minimum, ensuring that lack of ID, language or immigration status are not barriers to patient registration.

Ramadan Calendar – we worked with 11 mosques across Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside to design and deliver some 4,300 Ramadan Calendars that contain safe fasting messages for people with diabetes and glaucoma.

Health Access Card – we worked in partnership with Newcastle City Council Public Health and the Regional Refugee Forum to develop a new Health Access Card for asylum seekers and refugees. The cards unfold into a leaflet, which contains important information about how to use NHS services.