Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) has worked in partnership with Foleshill Women’s Training (FWT) and Voluntary Action Coventry (VAC) to deliver events and activities that support refugees to integrate in Coventry’s Community.
The project was delivered in two phases. Phase one was called ‘Getting Integration Ready!’ which consisted of clients seeing a Floating Support Worker from CRMC or FWT and being supported over a period where they addressed immediate issues and concerns, such as housing and benefits and guiding them along the way to ensure they can deal with these issues themselves going forward.
They covered all areas of concern, which varied from benefit maximisation to social inclusion. They liaised with other agencies where necessary to get the best outcomes for the clients.
Phase two of the project was called ‘Ready, Steady, Integrate’ which saw the client supported by a Community Participation Officer helping clients to access opportunities to increase their community participation, such as attending social groups and volunteering. During phase two the project also looked at the employment, carrying out a skills analysis, career aspirations and first-hand support in activities such as CV writing and interview skills.