Good Practice in supporting the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees

We have been working with Rainbow Haven to better understand the needs of asylum seekers and refugees and the barriers they face in accessing healthcare.

Rainbow Haven is a voluntary and community sector organisation that provides community drop-in sessions that offers support and activities for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. They are based in Gorton, Manchester. 

Rainbow Haven has produced a report called “Good Practice in Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Asylum Seekers and Refugees” which highlights the six key features that a service needs to improve the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees.

  • Emergency provision
  • A welcoming ethos
  • Services in one place
  • Partnership working
  • User focus
  • Longer term investment

Service users have also made a video that explores some of the barriers people face when they try to access healthcare.

Thank you to the service users and Kate Percival, Manager from Rainbow Haven for the report and video which is being used to inform and influence commissioning decisions by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.