Barnet African Health Organization
Barnet African Health Organization was set up in 1996 to deal with the issues affecting primarily black other ethnic minority groups mainly in the areas of health, employment and education. The main focus of its work has been providing adult education training (in conjunction with Barnet College) in health and social care; computing; information technology; and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), for which BAHO is an accredited examination centre for the City and Guilds and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examination Boards. The organization also runs workshops on health issues such as mental health, HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse. A mental health drop-in Centre for the African community was set up on the Graham Park estate (14 The Concourse) together with MIND in Barnet in 1997.
BAHO also provides free legal advice to the local community and is a registered Community Legal Advice Centre.
Barnet African Health Organization's supplementary education project provides after-school educational support for children in the primary sector from ethnic minorities and socially and economically deprived backgrounds up to the age of eleven. Focusing on children, particularly of African or Afro-Caribbean origin, living on or around the Graham Park Estate, which has the highest density of African residents and one of the highest levels of social deprivation in the borough, it aims to broaden learning opportunities; raise academic standards; and tackle the incidence of poor school attendance, suspensions and exclusions, thus contributing to measures to combat disadvantage and social exclusion.
To date the organization has trained well over 400 carers the majority of whom are now employed or have entered nurse training.
BAHO is a membership organization open to all members of the community. It has an equal opportunities policy applicable to all members of the executive committee, staff, volunteers and users.
We want to be known as a caring, friendly, culturally sensitive, well qualified and professional team of health campaigners, educationists and trainers specialized in health, education and training issues affecting all people and more particularly Africans and Caribbean living or working in Barnet and surrounding boroughs with the aim of improving the education, skills, quality of life and life expectancy of our members and service users.
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