“SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES SINCE 1991”
The journey started in September 1991 with a few Hackney GPs and a few staff in a small room of Lawson Practice.
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. Its aim was to provide bilingual health advocacy to enable our newly arrived community members to access urgently needed health services. Formerly known as Health Advocacy and Counselling Services for Kurdish, Turkish and Turkish Cypriot Communities.
Despite the undoubted challenges ahead, there remains great potential for DERMAN to make a positive difference to life in Turkish, Kurdish, Turkish Cypriot and EU Turkish communities in the coming years.
Working collaboratively with other voluntary agencies to build consortia of alliances.
Since 1991 Derman has grown and thrived. Looking back, we are thrilled over our achievements
and feel very proud that an organisation that started in a small room in a GP surgery in 1991 has managed to develop so many valuable services for Kurdish, Turkish and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Derman now provides a range of health and well-being related services to Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and EU Turkish people. Each year we deal with more than 15,000 requests for help mainly in Hackney, but other London boroughs as well depending on funding/funders’ specifications.