As a result of our effective lobbying and policy work, and our events and online consultations, there is a need for Afiya to develop targeted campaigns to raise awareness and to champion positive change in the health and social care experiences of BME people.
With the current restructuring of the NHS and adult social care, there is the risk of BME communities and organisations continuing to experience an adverse impact as a result.
Afiya will be developing campaigns around carers, mental health, user involvement, race equality and leadership in the near future. We are currently considering a national campaign focusing on the cuts in health and social care and its potential impact on BME community groups across the country.
Another plan is to review the impact of Equality Impact Assessments on future service delivery. We would like to develop a user-led campaign within the next 12 months, along with a campaign on carers. Afiya is also open to your suggestions for campaigns directly or through our new social networking portal, so please inform us of your ideas.
We believe that in partnership with the new coalition government, voluntary organisations, community groups and service users we can eradicate the continued existence of racial inequalities and its impact on people's health and wellbeing. We also believe that through our campaigns we can empower and resource local communities to define and effect change.