Health Access for Refugees - Refugee Council

Health Access for Refugees

Helping refugees and asylum seekers understand what do it they or the families are unwell, find English classes and groups to meet new friends and have fun, and confidential advice.

The Health Access for Refugees Programme (HARP) empowers asylum seekers and refugees to access the UK health system in an appropriate way and at the appropriate time.

HARP enables clients to better understand, care for and communicate their own health needs. Asylum seekers and refugees are supported to become more confident to speak in public, share their experiences, and communicate their health needs to health professionals.

The project works closely with local groups and other voluntary and statutory sector agencies that support asylum seekers and refugees by adding value to their delivery and working in partnership. HARP is based in Wakefield, Barnsley and Sheffield.

What we offer

Support for clients:

  • Weekly health access course to asylum seekers at Urban House Initial accommodation Centre in Wakefield
  • Health access workshops for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Support and advocacy to access different health services, such as registering and liaising with GPs, midwives, hospitals, dentists and other health care providers
  • Support to access appropriate mental health, emotional support and social care services
  • Volunteer befrienders who accompany refugees and asylum seekers to medical appointments and advocate on their behalf where necessary
  • Facilitation of ‘ESOL for Health’, encouraging  participants to learn the English words that can help them to communicate their health issues and needs to health professionals.
  • Specialised health workshops and groups covering topics such as: Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Maternal Health
  • Opportunities to become HARP volunteers to support their peers and share their stories as Experts by Experience with health  professionals

Support for volunteers:

  • An opportunity to enrich your life by getting to know people from other cultures and helping them to access health services, in a timely and appropriate manner
  • A comprehensive training and development programme to enable you to develop your appropriate skills
  • Regular peer support meeting and supervision
  • To gain valuable work experience within Refugee Council and partnership agencies in providing support and advocacy to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants
  • Networking opportunities with professionals within the organisation and across the sector

Who it's for

Refugees and asylum seekers in:

  • Barnsley & Wakefield
  • Doncaster & Rotherham
  • Sheffield

How to access this service

Contact your local HARP representative at the details below.

Contact Details