Welcome to Breaking Down Barriers
Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are a network of over 40 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, (online) https://www.health.org.uk/publications/reports/the-marmot-review-10-years-on, accessed on 10.06.20)