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HAREF: Health equality for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

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HAREF: Health equality for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

There are numerous, often complex, reasons why our BAME communities face specific health issues and health inequalities. Haref is committed to improving the quality of life of everyone in the diverse communities of Newcastle and Gateshead.

Connected Voice coordinates the Haref Network, which compromises 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.

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