Our partners feedback

Recent feedback from key partnerships.

St Annes Community Services

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for last week’s event. I thought that it was brilliantly organised and particularly admired how it was led by service users. I’m really glad that I could attend and can now promote Skyline across St Anne’s”.

PositvePlusOne- Christian Mercer writes…

Working with BHA Leeds Skyline from start to present has been nothing short of a miracle and Positive Plus One would not be where it is today without the efforts of the whole team. I was greeted with open arms and provided with second to none eduction, advice and support from both staff and those being supported.A fantastic charity that truly help all those within its reach. If you’re looking for support.. then look no further. 

Dr.Sarah Schoeman Consultant in Sexual health and HIV

Brotherton Wing Clinic / LTHT HIV out-patient service have a very strong, productive and extremely important partnership with BHA Leeds Skyline HIV support service. BHA’s support services have been crucial in helping our service involve, inform and reassure our service users about this significant changes and in doing so have helped ensure that this move has gone as smoothly as possible for our service users. BHA Skyline support workers are present at BWC three times a week, support our BWC patient focus groups and our staff attend Skyline service user groups on a regular basis too. There is almost daily communication between our two services which enables our service users to have easy access to support services as needed. We have recently met with BHA Leeds Skyline to reflect on all the change our service has been through and to look at how we can adapt further to continue to improve our partnership for the benefit of our patient cohort. Without our strong partnership with Leeds Skyline HIV support service our HIV service at BWC would be unable to provide the level of support that our large cohort requires and would also struggle with patient engagement as Leeds Skyline provides such an important voice for our service users.

British Institute of Human Rights

Helen Wildebore writes-

“The British Institute of Human Rights is pleased to be working with BHA Leeds Skyline on our project Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy. The project aims to ensure people with mental health issues have increased control and autonomy over treatment decisions, and make sure they are treated with dignity and respect. Through the partnership with BHA Leeds Skyline, the project has engaged with more than 20 third sector organisations in local learning events, and empowered people using mental health services directly including BHA’s PACT Group and Women’s Group. BIHR has trained BHA Leeds Skyline staff and volunteers on human rights and we are now beginning to collect stories of how they are using human rights in their work to support people with mental health issues. We are also very grateful for the staff and volunteers for their ideas and guidance on a suite of new resources for people who use mental health services, which are available for free download at – www.bihr.org.uk “

Healthwatch Leeds

Parveen Ayub writes-

“It’s been fantastic to work with BHA Skyline, the support and advice we received when carrying out our work on access to dentistry for people with HIV was invaluable.  The input from Skyline’s service users has been instrumental in shaping our recommendations on improving dentistry services and their knowledge of people with blood borne viruses”.

Feedback on HIV awareness session provided to Leeds City Council Staff Team

‘It was useful to have the two perspectives & the opportunity to ask questions was good.’

‘Really informative session with some useful facts and figures presented.’

‘I found it very interesting and learnt a lot. It was well worthwhile attending and the two presenters were very good.’

‘Very informative, up to date and clear. Space to ask questions was helpful.’

‘Just my thanks. Their presentation was very informative.’

‘I thought it was a brilliant session.  So informative and I learnt loads.  It’s great listening to people who really know a lot about their subject matter.  It would be brilliant if all our commissioned services could have a similar session.’

3rd year medical students at Leeds School of Medicine on placement.

“Thank you ever so much for hosting me at BHA Skyline for my special project placement. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Every member of staff were immensely supportive, helpful and friendly, it really helped to make me feel welcomed. I definitely see why the service users come back to you time and time again. It was a truly memorable and invaluable learning experience, and I full appreciated all of the efforts.”

Our Partners

PAFRAS – POSITIVE ACTION FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

PAFRAS works with refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community to counter the effects of enforced destitution on vulnerable migrants.

BHA Leeds Skyline have been working with PAFRAS for nearly 10 years, providing sexual health advice and signposting, plus emotional support and now point of care testing. We attend their drop in every 2 weeks, and have a dedicated space available for anyone wishing to take an HIV test, or access information and advice about sexual health and local services.   

LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY

BHA Leeds Skyline have been working in partnership with Leeds Beckett University for the last 2 years. We attend their Student Union once a month to speak to their students and staff about HIV and sexual health, and offer testing. As members of the Leeds Student Well-being Partnership, we see this relationship as particularly important to ensure the good sexual health of our city’s young people.

RETAS

RETAS is the Refugee Education Training Advice Service for Leeds. They offer specialist employment, integration and advocacy services for refugees and asylum seekers. BHA Leeds Skyline have a regular presence on the “Steps to Settlement” programme which provides a wide range of integration-themed learning activities for refugees and asylum seekers. We also partner with RETAS each year during National HIV Testing Week, to promote HIV testing.

ZEST FOR LIFE/JAMIE OLIVER’S MINISTRY OF FOOD

Zest offers support and opportunity to people living in disadvantaged areas of Yorkshire, addressing health inequalities and social isolation through activities which improve physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. BHA Leeds Skyline offers HIV testing at Zest’s Ministry of Food in Leeds Kirkgate Market twice a month and reach diverse communities.   We have had brilliant conversations with so many people, and given out 1000’s of condoms.

MIGRANT ACCESS PROJECT (MAP)

MAP is a network of communities in Leeds who support newly arrived individuals to integrate successfully and happily into life in Leeds. MAP provides specially trained people, who speak a variety of languages, to help migrants access correct and timely support and health services in Leeds. BHA Leeds Skyline attends the MAP community meetings on a regular basis, as the group is constantly changing and evolving. We deliver HIV and sexual health awareness sessions to members, but also to other health professionals who attend in a service development capacity.

LEEDS SEXUAL HEALTH

We have a longstanding relationship with sexual health services in Leeds, and deliver our Point of Care HIV Testing in partnership with them.

Consultants and Nurses regularly attend our peer support groups to offer training and advice to our service users on all aspects on HIV and sexual health. This encourages an open dialogue between clinicians and patients, in a safe and confidential environment. We also enjoy support from LSH at key events throughout the year, such as LACON (Leeds African Cup of Nations) Football Tournament where we offer testing for HIV and STI’s all day at this flagship community event, and during National HIV Testing Week.

University of Central Lancashire

BHA Manchester have a sustained and effective learning partnership with the Sexual Health Studies course offered by UCLAN where we offer an exchange of knowledge and skills on non-clinical practice from the BME community perspective. We also support the development of students by offering volunteering opportunities in the provision of education and health promotion for sexual health and HIV.

Churches and faith networks

BHA Manchester has worked with a number of churches and faith networks across Greater Manchester to colloboratively promote and raise the profile of national and local HIV awareness campaigns such as It Starts with Me, National HIV testing week and World AIDS Day. The involvement of faith leaders in HIV prevention has been key to amplifying the health outcomes of communities. 

Revive (Salford & Manchester)

Revive is a independent community project which provides free practical support, services and advocacy for refugees and people seeking asylum. We offer a confidential drop-in every week at both sites which offers rapid HIV testing, sexual health information and advice, condom distribution and R U CLEAR. 

PROSTATE CANCER UK

Prostate Cancer UK has funded our work on prostate cancer in the past and continues to support our efforts to train Black men across Greater Manchester as volunteers to raise awareness in the Black community. 

MACMILLAN CANCER IMPROVEMENT PARTNERSHIP (MCIP)

MCIP comprises Macmillan Cancer Support, the three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), people affected by cancer, GPs, NHS hospital trusts, St Ann’s Hospital.  The partnership aims to improve the experience of people affected by cancer.  BHA has worked with the partnership since 2014 and assisted in its wider engagement work and activities related to the piloting of the lung health check across Manchester.

MANCHESTER BME CANCER PARTNERSHIP

The partnership involves BME organisations undertaking work on cancer, Greater Manchester Cancer, MCIP, representatives from Macmillan cancer information centre representatives and people affected by cancer.  The Partnership aims to improve awareness, access, treatment and outcomes of BME groups affected by cancer.

GREATER MANCHESTER CANCER PARTNERSHIP (VANGUARD)

We are  supporting this innovative programme through our involvement in the Social Movement on Cancer.  The Movement aims  to increase the number of  cancer champions across Greater Manchester and our work, in increasing the number of Black men as prostate cancer champions, will complement that initiative. 

LGBT Foundation

We are proud to be working jointly with LGBT Foundation to deliver HIV point of care testing across Greater Manchester to reduce late diagnosis.

COMMUNITY RADIO STATIONS

Local community radio stations have had a significant role in getting key health messages out to local BME communities.  Significant work has been undertaken with Legacy FM, North FM and Awaaz Radio.

BME ORGANISATIONS

BHA works with a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, including faith groups, across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and the Midlands. The service users of BME VCSE organisations have contributed to our annual patient experience survey, focus groups, consultations and provided feedback on ways in which we can improve our services.