Exciting New Project Working to ‘Integrate Coventry’

We are delighted to announce Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) in partnership with Volunteer Action Coventry (VAC), Foleshill Women’s Training (FWT), Belgrade Theatre and Coventry City of Culture Trust have been awarded £1.89m funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). After successfully carrying out a two-year AMIF project which has so far supported over 250 beneficiaries with integrating into the community. 

In partnership with the organisations involved we will be working towards the ‘Integrate Coventry’ project. 

The aim of the project is to help integrate refugees and other third country nationals to rebuild their lives in safety, becoming fully self-sufficient and establish themselves within the wider community in Coventry.

This will be achieved by providing them with accredited English language education, information, advice and guidance; individualised, one-to-one help to remove barriers to progression e.g. housing and benefits advice; self-development interventions; fun activities which help clients to make new friends with people outside of their communities; therapy; opportunities to visit new places and find out more about their new home; access to employment and volunteering; arts/cultural projects/activities and arts and cultural engagement opportunities which have the potential to deepen their relationship to and understanding of their city.

Coventry City Council has too been awarded AMIF funding and we are excited that collectively we bring a considerable amount of funding and support for beneficiaries into the city. 

Zarah Sultana, Labour MP for Coventry South, said:

“Coventry has a proud history as a City of Sanctuary, welcoming people from across the world fleeing violence, persecution and poverty. This tradition continues through the excellent work these organisations do to support refugees and migrants in the city. I am delighted that with this funding, that work will continue.”

Caroline (CRMC AMIF Operations Manager) says:

“We’re very happy to have been awarded this European funding so that we can build on the brilliant work that has been carried out on the project so far, and continue to help our clients to rebuild their lives”.

Notes to editors:

The Partners:

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre welcomes and empowers asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Coventry to rebuild their lives and achieve their potential. CRMC delivers a wide range of front-line and partner services to meet all the immediate support needs our clients may have. 

Voluntary Action Coventry’s mission is to tackle inequalities and disadvantage in Coventry and encourage social responsibility by building capacity in communities and individuals by enabling all people to participate in volunteering and supporting the third Sector in Coventry. VAC is based in the Centre of Coventry.

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre became a Theatre of Sanctuary on 21st November 2017 and is looking forward to working with Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and all of our partners in Integrate Coventry to support people together. 

FWT are based in Foleshill and are an award-winning woman only organisation with 30 years’ experience of removing barriers facing women from Coventry and the surrounding areas.

They offer a culturally sensitive and appropriate place for all women to access Education, Training, Healthcare and Employment Opportunities, and be empowered & enabled in moving forward.

Coventry City of Culture Trust is the organisation delivering the celebrations for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture from 15 May 2021 to May 2022. The Caring City team at the Trust has a producer hosted by the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre. The programme for 2021 seeks to celebrate and communicate Coventry’s reputation as a city of welcome, peace and reconciliation. 

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
Sahar Sharifi
024 7622 7254
sahars@covrefugee.org

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