Bradford health service gives hope to refugees and asylum seekers
An inner city GP practice which cares for some of the most disadvantaged patients in Bradford is helping to improve the future lives of refugee and asylum children through an innovative mental health scheme.
Bevan Healthcare has developed a programme – Sharing Stories, Building Hope – which focuses on helping children who have fled their war-torn homelands to become more resilient and to flourish, supporting them to make friends, do well at school and sleep well.
The practice’s involvement has seen children grow in confidence, smile more and be happy, settled and make friends at school.
“This has been a remarkable piece of work and has been a really humbling and uplifting experience for us,” said Gina Rowlands, managing director at Bevan.
“It has showed us that with these children it does not require a huge amount of bureaucracy – this is the barrier which will stop the children accessing services. It needs to be fluid and responsive to their needs and they must know that it is safe.”