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.

Together the phases comprised of:

Therapeutic support, advice and guidance, English Speaking tuition, help with identifying housing.

A signposting service onto a wide variety of different groups, activities and courses across Coventry.

Two weekly integration groups in order to help participants once they began the process of integration to offer peer and pastoral support, one dedicated for women run by FWT and another general group for individuals and families.

An employment project which helped participants to identify what types of jobs they are interested in, do job searches, write CVs and applications and teach them interview skills.

A volunteering programme run by Voluntary Action Coventry, and offering initial workshop sessions teaching participants about volunteering, which led on to three-months work placements in suitable organisations within Coventry.

The aim of the project was to support 250 vulnerable refugees
to integrate into UK society

Achievements:

Across the two years of the project, we have helped over 300 people with advice on housing, benefits and accessing services around the city as well as hosting social groups and events, providing volunteering placements, assisting with preparing people for employment, counselling sessions and helping people to integrate into the Coventry community.

193 people have been provided with Housing advice and 82 people have been supported into moving into new and more stable accommodation.

75 people have been provided with employment advice and 22 people have started new jobs or ventures.

81 people have participated in our different social activities.

96 people have been assisted with accessing ESOL classes around the city.

29 people have gone onto further education or training.

The project hosted a Christmas Winter Fair and held an exhibition at The Belgrade with art work and performances by our participants, see gallery for pictures.

“This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.”