News & Events

The way we’re offering our services is changing

We understand that many of our service users are worried and concerned about Coronavirus. 

Please be assured that our services are still up and running. In order to support the health and wellbeing of all our staff and clients; Derman, from Monday the 23rd March, will be providing its services in different ways. These services will take place digitally and over the phone. 

The health of everyone in our communities is of the highest importance to us, and we urge everyone who is experiencing symptoms to follow the NHS guidance.

Those who use DERMAN services

Our service users are at the heart of everything we do at Derman, and we are working hard to ensure that we have measures in place to continue offering you help and support.

Mental Health Services: We will offer telephone counselling/ individual support intervention or zoom (webcam) sessions where is available. If you have any questions, please contact us from 07956495427 Monday to Friday between 9-13pm.

Health Advocacy Service: We’ll continue our health advocacy service at 13 different GP surgeries in Hackney as long as GP surgeries are open and running. Our health advocates will carry out the consultations with the doctor through phone mostly and follow GP surgeries instructions. 

Advice Service: We will mainly offer telephone advice. If you need any help please contact us from 07921327476 Monday: 13:30- 16:30 and/or Friday 9:00- 13:00 pm. 

DERMAN’s Annual General Meeting 2019

Derman’s Annual General Meeting was held on 1st November 2019 at St Paul’s Church (St Paul’s, West Hackney). More than 80 people, including members, professionals,
staff and people from the communities, have attended.


After opening remarks by the Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, Derman’s Chair Nurullah Turan and Nursel Tas, Derman’s CEO, talked about Derman’s Integrated & Holistic services’ success, with statistics, during 2018-19 financial year.

After opening speeches and business part of the meeting, Sherife Tekdal, Community Engagement Officer, Metropolitan Police gave a talk on:“Community Safety”.

Following  Sherife Tekdal’s presentation the meeting continued with questions/answers and formal/business part, lunch & networking and Chair Nurullah Turan closed the meeting by  thanking staff and volunteers for their continued hard work, funders for providing the financial support to allow us continue, and management committee members for their commitment and support throughout the year.

VIDEO: Beautiful Cure (Derman)

Beautiful Cure/ Güzel Derman is a short documentary about a Turkish & Kurdish women’s handcraft group in London. The film weaves together each woman’s knitwork with their memory of moving to England. Through shared migration struggles and a passion for knitting, the women create for themselves a ‘beautiful cure’.

The documentary focuses on how refugees and migrants live, work and move in and through the city, and their own experience and perception of living in a global city like London. It was directed and produced by Nataša Cordeaux, Cheyenne Ritfeld and Ricarda Theobald in collaboration with Derman and in association with ‘London in Motion’ which is a documentary film workshop initiative created by the partnership of London  International Documentary Festival and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. If you want to find out more and watch the film, please click the link below.

VIDEO: Battle with Language

Our health advocate/she is also a film maker, Mizgin Mujde Arslan,  made this short documentary on Turkish/Kurdish people’s-second generation-difficulties/problems with the Language. Language is a key to identity, a key to freedom, recognition, even happiness or sadness. It is also an important sign of integration for immigrants. Since it has such a significant impact on lives, the film shows the Kurdish-Turkish people’s reactions to English.

If you want to find out more and watch the film, please click the link below.