Improving health support for refugees and asylum seekers

Improving health support for refugees and asylum seekers conference

Take part in our conference and discover how our innovative programme successfully addresses barriers to health and wellbeing services.

When: Thursday 14 December 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
Where: Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds LS9 7LN
Cost: free

Email us to reserve your place 

Refugee Council’s Health Access for Refugees Programme (HARP) has supported asylum seekers and refugees to overcome barriers to health and wellbeing services since 2014. HARP works by enabling volunteers to act as ‘befrienders’ to support newly-arriving asylum seekers and refugees, while increasing health staff’s ability to understand and address specific needs. It is delivered in Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, Middlesborough (in partnership with the North of England Refugee Service), Sheffield (in partnership with City of Sanctuary) and Wakefield.

Our conference will:

  • Celebrate the achievements of the programme, our volunteers and clients
  • Disseminate learning and good practice
  • Increase understanding of barriers to accessing health and wellbeing services encountered by newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees
  • Share our vision of a future model to improve health access

Why attend?

  • Understand the lived experiences of service users and volunteers in encountering and overcoming barriers to health services
  • Support vulnerable people to gain a voice and influence in shaping policies
  • Learn how our evidence based harp model works to overcome health access barriers
  • Find out how the new NHS Charging Regulations will impact on refugees and asylum seekers and discuss how to prepare vulnerable groups for these changes

Who is it for?

The target audience is the voluntary and community sector, health and social care professionals, funders, statutory organisations and the refugee and asylum seeking community.

How to book

Spaces are limited. To reserve your place, email