Helping migrant families overcome barriers to good health and wellbeing

Our interactive health and wellbeing sessions and language classes helped parents to look after their families’ health

Client: City and Hackney CCG


The challenge

Migrant parents and families face barriers to accessing health services, and as a result can experience poor health. A lack of English language skills, poverty, and cultural isolation can create chronic anxiety and depression. However, families are often afraid to share their concerns with others and misunderstand the role of health services in supporting them.

To tackle this problem, we were funded by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group to provide a programme of health and wellbeing-related workshops and sessions to support families to take care of their health and access health support.

Our approach

We responded to the challenge with our ‘Healthy Families, Healthy Communities’ programme. We designed and delivered over 20 health fairs and wellbeing workshops, working with six schools in Hackney to reach a wider range of parents. Activities included yoga and wellness, health eating demonstrations, and sessions led by partners in the health sector.

Ours Bilingual Advisers ran ’health cafes’ and one-to one support to parents at schools throughout the terms to support parents’ ongoing health and wellbeing needs. They also provided English classes to support parents to access health services and information.


Outcomes of the project included:

  • 74% of parents felt that their English had improved
  • 87% of parents felt that they had more knowledge of health and wellbeing
  • 98% of felt that they could communicate better with their child’s school