Our History

1990 BHAF (Black HIV/AIDS Forum) was set up as a response to the lack of information and services available to Black communities in Manchester around HIV services. BHAF was Initially a pressure group, whose aim was to ensure that Black communities had access to accurate and culturally appropriate information about HIV; they also provided some counselling services to Black people who were affected by HIV. The first five years of existence saw BHAF providing services and information, which were predominantly on HIV.
1995 Following a review the organisation broadened its remit to encompass a wider sexual health agenda in line with the changing needs of the communities we were working within.
1997 We successfully bid to Opportunities for Volunteering to develop a befriending service for people who were living with HIV and their families; this service was provided by volunteers from the Black communities who were trained and supported to provide emotional and practical support, and were managed by a Volunteer Coordinator.
1999 We were able to secure funding to develop a Young Men’s Peer Education Project. This project was to work initially with young men. It has now developed into a project that is looking at the needs of young people generally and has gained many successes
2000 BHAF was successful in securing the contract to manage the National African AIDS Help line Pilot Project. We were also successful in securing funding for developing a range of Primary HIV Prevention campaigns across the northern region.
2001 BHAF launched itself as the Black Health Agency (BHA) with a wider health remit in the north of England. BHA has developed a reputation as a key provider and stakeholder in the development of health policy, initiatives and services to the Black communities in Greater Manchester and the northern region.
2003 BHA wins the contract to deliver 22 Patient and Public Involvement Forums in Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
2005 BHA is the UK’s leading BME health sector agency, with a turnover of £1.7 million and over 70 staff across the North.
2007 BHA receives funding to run an HIV support service in Leeds
2008 BHA wins the contract to facilitate the Local Involvement Networks in Manchester, Warrington and Lancashire
2011 Black Health Agency becomes BHA. Launches new 5 year Strategic Plan, moves into new premises, and launches new brand.
2013 BHA reviews its 5 year strategic plan and produces a refreshed strategy for 2014-2017.
2015 BHA celebrates 25 years of support for BME, marginalised and disadvanted communities.