• What is HAREF?

    HAREF with people logo   

    HAREF stands for Health and Race Equality Forum. A part of Newcastle CVS’ Support and Development team, we work with communities and organisations throughout Newcastle and Gateshead to reduce health inequalities linked to ethnicity and culture.

    HAREF has achieved a lot through collaboration and has remained strong over more than ten years. We are committed to improving the quality of life of everyone in the diverse community of Newcastle and Gateshead.


    How can we help?

    HAREF is a vital support network for practitioners, community organisations and individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. We provide this support in a number of ways:

    • Helena is our Community Engagement Officer who works with community groups to learn about the needs of BAME communities in Newcastle and Gateshead and where we can offer better support
    • We offer valuable signposting and linking of services to communities, and work in partnership to ensure communities get the right information about services and health issues
    • We talk to local health services, including the NHS, and make recommendations about how access into their services can be improved
    • Our HAREF Network event takes place twice a year and provides a platform for discussion and awareness around health and inequality
    • We also facilitate a Community Forum for the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who is responsible for local community NHS services. This forum is for practitioners who work directly with a particular community or group who had a protected characteristic under the 2010 Equality Act. The forum brings real issues that affect those communities to help inform commissioning and service development decisions
    • We work with Newcastle CVS’ BAME Health and Wellbeing Support Officer, Hamna, to deliver training on equality, diversity and health
    • Our monthly HAREF email bulletin is for practitioners, community groups and local people to share information about health inequalities, events and research findings. To feature in the bulletin, subscribe or view past issues please see more information below

    If you have any questions relating to any of our services or would like to find out more please call 0191 232 7445 (option 1), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the contact form:

    Contact HAREF

  • Subscribe to the HAREF e-bulletin

    Receive monthly updates direct to your inbox about all matters relating to health and equality

    Please follow the link below and select ‘HAREF’ from the list of newsletters to subscribe. You can also subscribe to any other Newcastle CVS bulletins that may be relevant to you and manage your preferences at any time using the link at the bottom of our emails.

    Subscribe to HAREF

    If you are having any difficulty in subscribing to our newsletter please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The HAREF bulletin is your chance to share updates, events and research with local practitioners, community groups and individuals.

    If you would like to feature in our email bulletin, please email a short paragraph and any relevant links to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Information and Documents

    Information and documents from HAREF projects and events

  • Past issues of HAREF e-bulletin

  • HAREF Network information

    Next HAREF Network Meeting

    Wednesday 27 June, 9:45am to 12:30pm, Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House
    The next HAREF meeting will be on the theme of mental health, as this was the key concern for the network at the last meeting. We will have a number of speakers talking about this theme.

    Confirmed speakers:

    • Freedom fom Torture - working with those affected by trauma
    • Regional Refugee Forum members - the impact of culture on dealing with mental health
    • Streetwise - working with young men about mental health issues
    • Citizens UK - what else can you do to influence change?
    • Tyneside MIND - your mental health and supporting staff in your organisation

    The HAREF network is an opportunity for health and care organisations to come together and look at health inequalities for BAME communities and access to services.

    You will need to book your place for this meeting and to do this contact Vicki - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


    Past Network Meeting notes

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