“Raising Standards. Lowering Inequalities.”
HWS is a not for profit Community Interest Company and independent social enterprise. We specialise in improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the health and social care sector. At HWS, we offer five distinct and interrelated services through: research and consultations, training and knowledge, diverse and wellbeing services, language and interpretation, events and activities.
We are the bridge between individuals and health and social care professionals and help improve understanding of the services available to them. We support people explain how to use services, reduce confusion around entitlement to health care and redress language, cultural and social barriers.
Welcome to HWS
We design, develop and deliver activities that benefit the health, social care and wellbeing of marginalised individuals and minority communities, their carers and their families.
Whatever someone’s race, religion, age, gender, physical ability or sexual orientation, health, social care and wellbeing should be accessible to all and of equal standards regardless of the individual’s characteristics.
An inequality exists in the health, social care and wellbeing service provision for groups in the region, with many services not being accessed and utilised. This is largely due to individual accessibility issues: lack of knowledge of the services available; lack of understanding of what people are entitled to; problems navigating the health and social systems; language and communication problems; physical constraints; cultural and social inhibitors; etc.