PAFRAS – POSITIVE ACTION FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS
PAFRAS works with refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community to counter the effects of enforced destitution on vulnerable migrants.
BHA Leeds Skyline have been working with PAFRAS for nearly 10 years, providing sexual health advice and signposting, plus emotional support and now point of care testing. We attend their drop in every 2 weeks, and have a dedicated space available for anyone wishing to take an HIV test, or access information and advice about sexual health and local services.
LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY
BHA Leeds Skyline have been working in partnership with Leeds Beckett University for the last 2 years. We attend their Student Union once a month to speak to their students and staff about HIV and sexual health, and offer testing. As members of the Leeds Student Well-being Partnership, we see this relationship as particularly important to ensure the good sexual health of our city’s young people.
RETAS is the Refugee Education Training Advice Service for Leeds. They offer specialist employment, integration and advocacy services for refugees and asylum seekers. BHA Leeds Skyline have a regular presence on the “Steps to Settlement” programme which provides a wide range of integration-themed learning activities for refugees and asylum seekers. We also partner with RETAS each year during National HIV Testing Week, to promote HIV testing.
ZEST FOR LIFE/JAMIE OLIVER’S MINISTRY OF FOOD
Zest offers support and opportunity to people living in disadvantaged areas of Yorkshire, addressing health inequalities and social isolation through activities which improve physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. BHA Leeds Skyline offers HIV testing at Zest’s Ministry of Food in Leeds Kirkgate Market twice a month and reach diverse communities. We have had brilliant conversations with so many people, and given out 1000’s of condoms.
MIGRANT ACCESS PROJECT (MAP)
MAP is a network of communities in Leeds who support newly arrived individuals to integrate successfully and happily into life in Leeds. MAP provides specially trained people, who speak a variety of languages, to help migrants access correct and timely support and health services in Leeds. BHA Leeds Skyline attends the MAP community meetings on a regular basis, as the group is constantly changing and evolving. We deliver HIV and sexual health awareness sessions to members, but also to other health professionals who attend in a service development capacity.
LEEDS SEXUAL HEALTH
We have a longstanding relationship with sexual health services in Leeds, and deliver our Point of Care HIV Testing in partnership with them.
Consultants and Nurses regularly attend our peer support groups to offer training and advice to our service users on all aspects on HIV and sexual health. This encourages an open dialogue between clinicians and patients, in a safe and confidential environment. We also enjoy support from LSH at key events throughout the year, such as LACON (Leeds African Cup of Nations) Football Tournament where we offer testing for HIV and STI’s all day at this flagship community event, and during National HIV Testing Week.
University of Central Lancashire
BHA Manchester have a sustained and effective learning partnership with the Sexual Health Studies course offered by UCLAN where we offer an exchange of knowledge and skills on non-clinical practice from the BME community perspective. We also support the development of students by offering volunteering opportunities in the provision of education and health promotion for sexual health and HIV.
Churches and faith networks
BHA Manchester has worked with a number of churches and faith networks across Greater Manchester to colloboratively promote and raise the profile of national and local HIV awareness campaigns such as It Starts with Me, National HIV testing week and World AIDS Day. The involvement of faith leaders in HIV prevention has been key to amplifying the health outcomes of communities.
Revive (Salford & Manchester)
Revive is a independent community project which provides free practical support, services and advocacy for refugees and people seeking asylum. We offer a confidential drop-in every week at both sites which offers rapid HIV testing, sexual health information and advice, condom distribution and R U CLEAR.
PROSTATE CANCER UK
Prostate Cancer UK has funded our work on prostate cancer in the past and continues to support our efforts to train Black men across Greater Manchester as volunteers to raise awareness in the Black community.
MACMILLAN CANCER IMPROVEMENT PARTNERSHIP (MCIP)
MCIP comprises Macmillan Cancer Support, the three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), people affected by cancer, GPs, NHS hospital trusts, St Ann’s Hospital. The partnership aims to improve the experience of people affected by cancer. BHA has worked with the partnership since 2014 and assisted in its wider engagement work and activities related to the piloting of the lung health check across Manchester.
MANCHESTER BME CANCER PARTNERSHIP
The partnership involves BME organisations undertaking work on cancer, Greater Manchester Cancer, MCIP, representatives from Macmillan cancer information centre representatives and people affected by cancer. The Partnership aims to improve awareness, access, treatment and outcomes of BME groups affected by cancer.
GREATER MANCHESTER CANCER PARTNERSHIP (VANGUARD)
We are supporting this innovative programme through our involvement in the Social Movement on Cancer. The Movement aims to increase the number of cancer champions across Greater Manchester and our work, in increasing the number of Black men as prostate cancer champions, will complement that initiative.
We are proud to be working jointly with LGBT Foundation to deliver HIV point of care testing across Greater Manchester to reduce late diagnosis.
COMMUNITY RADIO STATIONS
Local community radio stations have had a significant role in getting key health messages out to local BME communities. Significant work has been undertaken with Legacy FM, North FM and Awaaz Radio.
BHA works with a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, including faith groups, across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and the Midlands. The service users of BME VCSE organisations have contributed to our annual patient experience survey, focus groups, consultations and provided feedback on ways in which we can improve our services.