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Welcome to DERMAN

The word ‘DERMAN’ has the same meaning in both Kurdish and Turkish – strength, solution, cure.

We have been providing health and social care services to our communities since 1991.

Who we are?

Derman, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, was set up in Hackney in 1991 by members of the Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Kurdish communities in partnership with local GPs and the health authority.

What we do?

Derman provides a range of health-related services to Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Eastern European Turkish people mainly refugees and asylum seekers mainly in Hackney.

The services include:
Bi-Lingual Health Advocacy,
Counselling/Psychological Therapies,
Mental Health Recovery Support,
Welfare Rights Advice and Group Activities for individuals and families.

Derman offers its services freely, at no cost, to all Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Eastern European Turkish people mainly Hackney irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Derman’s services are all completely non-denominational and politically unaligned.

Derman is one of the very first to be firmly based within its client community. Derman remains unique and provides a model for others to learn from for two essential reasons:

  • Derman is a good example of a self-help organisation springing out of its constituent community. London is a truly multi-lingual, multi-cultural city – a vital resource for this country and its people. The Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and EU Turkish people make a key contribution to the economy, gastronomy and culture of London.
  • Secondly Derman is also an excellent example of holistic care, the importance of which is increasingly recognized today. An individual needs to be treated as a whole person not just as having an illness or a problem. Otherwise that individual is confronted by a separate collection of services often unrelated to each other and they fall between the gaps.

Derman’s services are all completely non-denominational and politically unaligned.

Voluntary donations go a long way to help us deliver our services.

You can view and / or download Derman publications here.

You can view all our comments and case studies here.

PUBLICATIONS

You can reach all of our publications from the links below.

Our Publications

Our annual reports, leaflets and all the other publications reflect and provide detailed information on our services, projects and activities as well as our aims, objectives and vision as a charity organisation.

Our Services

Derman Services are HOLICTIC and accessible to all. All our services work collaboratively in a holistic way to deal with different issues of our communities effectively. Derman offers its services freely, at no cost, to all Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Eastern European Turkish people, mainly, in Hackney irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Derman’s services are all completely non-denominational and politically unaligned.

Derman provide Counselling and Mental Health Recovery Support Services in Turkish and English languages to the Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and and Eastern Europeans Turkish communities mainly in Hackney, London. The services works to eliminate stigma and discrimination for people with mental health issues and help them develop skills to deal better with their difficulties.

Health Advocacy is as essential to effective health care as doctors and nurses. We provide 78 hrs a week regular interpreting and advocacy sessions within 13 different GP surgeries. Our Health Advocates play a vital role in ensuring the individual’s best interests are at the heart of every decision.

The aims of Derman’s Advice Service are to give information and guidance on social and welfare rights and entitlements. This service is instrumental in radically reducing poverty within The Kurdish, Turkish, Cypriot Turkish, and EU Turkish communities in Hackney, London.

Working Hours

MONDAY 09:00-17:00
TUESDAY 09:00-17:00
WEDNESDAY 09:00-17:00
THURSDAY 09:00-17:00
FRIDAY 09:00-17:00

We are committed to Quality

Derman’s staff members are committed and highly educated people who come from the communities it seeks to serve.

Derman is accepted as a professional, effective, efficient and caring organisation that is here for all people from our communities. It has developed a solid reputation as the only health and social care related service provider to Kurdish and Turkish people in the UK. It is also seen as a robust organisation that is here to stay through the next decade and beyond.

Regular Activities

Our activities offered in a group environment can have many benefits. It offers a support network, provides the opportunity to meet others experiencing similar concerns as well learning new skills through different activities. Together with the recovery support workers and the other group members you’ll be encouraged to talk about your experience with other people who have had similar experiences. This can help you with feeling less alone and isolated, and also assist with gradually gaining confidence and building your self-esteem.

Our Group Activities are only for the members of theTurkish/Kurdish/Turkish Cypriot communities who reside and registered with a GP in Hackney.

Referrals can be made through the GPs, health professionals or by contacting Derman’s services for further advice.

This group work helps men to break their isolation and provide a safe environment for Turkish, Kurdish, Turkish Cypriot men to socialize.

When:
Every Thursday between 1.30pm and 3pm.
Where:
The sessions are held at: Hoxton Surgery
2nd floor
12 Rushton Street
London N1 5DR (Above Hoxton Surgery)

Derman’s Handcraft group is Women only, and runs weekly.

When and Where
Every Thursday between 12 and 1.30pm at Derman Office
Address: The Basement
66 New North Road
London N1 6TG

This group work promotes the concept of Eco therapy and mindfulness. This activity is to encourage exercise and active healthy lifestyle. Participants are supported emotionally as well as encourage regular walking exercises.

When – Where?
Every Thursday between 11am and 12 o’clock. No need to be referred just, Drop in to join the activity. The sessions are held at Shoreditch Park.