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 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.
The project has two pathways for clients. Clients may change pathways if their support needs change. Pathway 1 will see the client allocated a caseworker who will support the client over a period of time addressing issues and concerns they experience, educating along the way to ensure they are able to deal with these issues themselves going forward. We will cover all areas of concern, which can vary from benefit maximisation, employment, counselling and social inclusion. We will liaise with other agencies where needed to get the best outcomes for our clients. Specialist provisions are provided for women and unaccompanied minors. Clients will also be guided through the enrichment activities on offer by their caseworker.
Pathway 2 of the project is for clients who do not require one to one support and they will be able to sign up to the different activities that we have on offer in our enrichment programme. This includes ESOL classes, friendship and hobby groups, volunteering placements and an arts and culture programme.
This project is open to:
- Third Country Nationals (non EU/EEA nationals) who have the right to remain in the UK in a long-term stay capacity including spouses and dependants
- Those who have been granted refugee/humanitarian protection status in the UK
- Those granted Discretionary Leave for 30 months or more in one amount
- Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC)