The Health Access for Refugees Programme


HARP  Health BefriendingDid you know? People seeking asylum suffer disproportionately with illness as they often face poverty, social isolation, illiteracy and low self-esteem – all barriers to a healthy life.  

That’s why we’re working with The Department of Health to help refugees and asylum seekers find out where to go if they or their children are unwell. We also help people to find English classes,  meet new friends and have fun, and offer confidential advice and talk about things which may be worrying them.

We train volunteers to act as ‘befrienders’ to support newly arriving asylum seekers and refugees to help them access essential health and social care services.

We also provide training for the health sector to improve their understanding of the health needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

The HARP operates in six locations including Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Wakefield.

Find out more about the programme.

Get involved!

We are looking for dedicated and inspiring people to get involved with our project as volunteer health champions and befrienders.

  • Gain valuable work experience at the Refugee Council and our partners
  • A comprehensive training and development programme to enable you to develop your skills
  • Gain experience of working with people from other cultures

Do you need help to access health services? Request a health befriender here.

Do you know someone who needs help from a befriender? Fill in this form and send it to us.