Helping women to access, and raise awareness of, vital health checks in Bradford’s non-English speaking communities

20 Jul 2018

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We wanted to do something on International Women’s Day earlier this year to raise awareness to non-English speaking women, of the importance of keeping up to their regular health checks as a means of looking after their general wellbeing too.

 

We already provide interpreting services to Bevan House Primary Care Centre, so we approached Helen Lincoln, the Wellbeing Centre Manager at Bevan to see if we could partner with them to organise and run an event to ensure as many women as possible understand the need to have regular smear tests, breast checks and how to stay safe.

 

Bevan Healthcare provided lunch and various speakers on the medical topics; Enable2 provided the interpreters. Unfortunately, we had extreme snow on International Women’s Day so we could not hold the event, opting instead for a date in July to avoid complications with the weather!

 

There are many barriers to non-English speaking women from the different communities in Bradford attending events so we made sure that the event was entirely free and welcoming, and also advertised in the appropriate languages.

 

Helen Hoyle, Social Return Manager at Enable2 talked about how the day went:

 

“All attendees were interested to find out more and engaged in the topics discussed, asking questions and chatting with the clinicians present about women’s health concerns. At least two women booked appointments for smear tests on the day and others said they would be in touch. We also gave everyone a credit card sized reference card with information and contact details for all the issues discussed.”

 

The feedback completed by the women on the day said they had learned new skills, gained confidence and met people who can support them. Other comments indicated that the women would like more of these events as well as other help in dealing with health problems and loneliness.

 

Enable2 are always looking for ways to invest their time and resource in social return work. Through this event we have learnt that there is more to do in this area and how well-placed our interpreters working within the different communities are to help.