What do we do?
We work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to identify their key issues around health and improve the health information available to them. We help health services have a better understanding of what communities need and we build confidence within communities so they can talk to health services about their cultural needs.
How do we do this?
We coordinate the Haref Network, which comprises of BAME-led organisations and organisations with a project specifically for BAME communities. The Haref Network meets several times a year to share information and to respond to issues as they are happening through working groups.
We recruit and work with Haref Allies. These are organisations that deliver mainstream health services who want to engage better with BAME communities and make their services more accessible.
We share information through the Haref email bulletin. Anyone can subscribe to the monthly bulletin for updates on the work of Haref and useful health and wellbeing information relating to BAME communities.
We provide BAME Cultural Competency sessions that give frontline workers in health and community services the confidence to talk to our diverse community and come up with new ideas for enhancing their services. These sessions are funded by Newcastle City Council Public Health and are currently only available to organisations based in Newcastle.