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Understanding Health Inequalities Event

Understanding Health Inequalities Event   Are you affected by a rare condition and from a diverse and marginalised community? If so, please come and join us for our virtual event, to help us understand how health inequalities affect you. We warmly welcome people...
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Rare and Equitable – Rare Revolution Magazine Summer edition

Read the latest edition of the Rare Revolution magazine, as contributors share what diversity, equity and inclusion means for them within the context of rare disease. Striving for a community that is both RARE and EQUITABLE. Change doesn't happen overnight or with one...
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Lights, Camera, Action – animation is launched

Would you exclude me?  This creative and reflective animation takes you on a journey of why the project Breaking Down Barriers (BDB) exists and why this collaborative work is vitally important. Addressing health inequalities is at the centre of what BDB do: finding...
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Diverse Discoveries and Inclusive Insights Conference

Breaking Down Barriers Virtual Conference  Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 30th June 2021  Click HERE to download the recording and see the slides from the day Come together with like minded professionals who have a passion to ensure no one is...
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Representing your Community: engaging with ethnic minority communities

BDB were delighted to work in collaboration with Findacure to support them to deliver their workshop. Representing your Community: engaging with ethnic minority communities which took place over three days for rare disease patient organisations. Check our events page...
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Let’s Talk Training Tour – stopping off at a virtual location near you!

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Making the Unseen Seen – The ARDEnt report is released

  Rare disease and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic   At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic of early 2020, a group of concerned advocates came together to take Action for Rare Disease Empowerment (ARDEnt). The ARDEnt group’s aim was to shed...
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Your ABC of LGBT

The small charities coalition have arranged a LGBT session about how our language makes a difference. Tuesday 2nd February 2021 from 15:00 - 16:00 This short session will explore some of the more common terms used in relation to discussions with and about LGBT...
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Let’s Talk Diversity

We are excited to announce the next stage of our project called ‘Let’s Talk Diversity.’ The films have been launched!! Check them out on our campaign page  At Breaking Down Barriers (BDB) we are always looking for new ways to develop our knowledge and understanding...
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Fact or Fiction? You need to know…

During this Covid-19 pandemic, we are all bombarded with so much news, how do we know what is fact or fiction? It is important that we listen to the facts, so we can make informed choices for ourselves and our loved ones. One area of concern has been about the...
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Welcome to Breaking Down Barriers

Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are a network of over 50 organisations working together to improve the lives of families from diverse and marginalised communities, so they have equal access to health services.


Addressing health inequalities is at the centre of what we do: finding ways that health services can be shaped to become inclusive and accessible, and working with families to encourage and support them to access those services.  The Breaking Down Barriers network of organisations, working at a grass roots level, is sharing good practice and exploring new ideas to help educate, empower, and provide an evidence base to promote equity of access to mainstream health services.

The Covid 19 crisis has now starkly highlighted health inequalities in the UK and these are also one of the focuses of  the Black Lives Matter movement. The Breaking Down Barriers network is well placed and committed to contribute our expertise and support to those who are addressing the same challenges and with whom we share a mission.

Health inequalities are not inevitable and can be significantly reduced… avoidable health inequalities are unfair and putting them right is a matter of social justice.’ 

(The Health Foundation, 2020, (onlinehttps://www.health.org.uk/publications/reports/the-marmot-review-10-years-on, accessed on 10.06.20)

Learn more about the Breaking Down Barriers in this short video