Refugee Peer Education for Health and Wellbeing evaluation report
June 8, 2015
A new report from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Clyde NE Sector Health Improvement Team and the Scottish Refugee Council gives the background, process and findings from the ‘Refugee Peer Education for Health and Well-being’ programme.
The programme has been developed and piloted by the three organisations above. Two cohorts of refugee Peer Educators and peer groups were convened between June 2014 and March 2015, each running for approximately ten weeks.
Peer Educators, who were volunteers from the refugee and asylum seeker community, received training in health services, health and wellbeing along with communication skills and facilitation skills. Peer Educators then went on to recruit participants to their peer groups by designing and delivering leaflets, visiting places where refugees or asylum seekers gather (college, faith communities, and asylum-seeker accommodation venues) and through personal contacts.
Over one hundred refugees and asylum seekers, predominantly from north and east Glasgow, benefitted from the programme either as Peer Educators, members of peer groups or by attending sporting events.
Benefits to participants included increased confidence, skills and participation in social activities and physical exercise.
Download the report here.