In this joint blog, Helen Jones of Leeds GATE and John Walsh of York Street Health Practice argue that the time for care navigators is ripe.
Health and Social Inclusion is a priority. Inclusion work around health and social inequalities usually takes two forms. The first is that we attempt to support people and communities access services. We open new clinics, change times and offer new aspects of the service to support this. The second form is to take services to people and communities – to have outreach clinics and workers. Both forms are valuable and powerful options that can make a real difference. The authors of this article believe that there is a third way which builds on the previous two forms but offers a radical orientation for genuine involvement and change. Read more
It is important to remain positive but when something is not working properly we have to acknowledge this and fight to fix it. With respect to accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers, both in Leeds and elsewhere, there are certainly ongoing issues worthy of attention. Underlying concerns GATE and fellow organisations have raised about accommodation issues, whether planning policy, specific applications or negotiated stopping, lies a particular problem; that of urgency.
My frustration, and that of many community members, regards not so much the substance of housing or planning decisions or policies, though these are frequently disappointing. No, it is rather the pace or absence of decisions made and the limbo this places so many vulnerable people in. Read more
More details here Homesford Yard Sale Document – Updated 28 07 2014
Who we are and what we did
Hello, we are a team of researchers at Northumbria University. We’d like to share the results of a project we recently completed that explored whether outreach is a good way of delivering health services to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities.
Outreach is any service that is adapted and taken to groups who may experience barriers to accessing health care. We were interested in finding out which types of outreach work, when they work, and why. We hope that the results of this project will inform decisions about the types of outreach that are most useful to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities in improving their health.