Laamiga – women’s training and mentoring

It’s Saturday morning and Laamiga’s Step-Up to IT class is going on at the Training Link in central London. There’s the familiar ambience, the chatter of the women, different languages spoken at the same time, the delicious refreshments spread out on the table, and the kettle is boiling. A learner is explaining what has been […]

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Maryhill Integration Network

Maryhill Integration Network (MIN) brings communities together through arts and cultural projects, offering participants, a chance to learn new skills, make social connections, and share experiences, helping to improve their lives and the life of the community. MIN’s main activities include a carefully designed, and user-led, weekly programme of activities focusing on community involvement, participation, […]

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Music in Detention

“It’s weird to think that I live a couple of miles away from it, but I don’t even know it’s there.” Michael*, a teenager from Witney, Oxfordshire, was talking about Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, a bland brick building surrounded by high fencing. Previously, Michael didn’t know it existed, never mind that it housed up […]

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Laamiga Women’s Mentoring and Training

Saturday was another Laamiga drop-in/knitting day in Islington. I wasn’t sure whether Fatima would turn up, but there she was, sitting in the garden with the other women with knitting needles in her hands and a ball of joyfully coloured wool on her lap. She was laughing – something she has not done much recently. […]

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The Welcome Project – Lisburn, Northern Ireland

The Welcome Project – a model way of integrating migrants in Lisburn City, Northern Ireland. The Welcome Project, mainstream funding from OFMDFM, has been delivering services to migrants and other members of the local community since its inception in 2006. It was established following the EU’s expansion and a sudden increase in numbers of migrant […]

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City of Sanctuary – Lancaster and Morecombe

“Sometimes we come to a place and we have no desire to come… and when we go we feel we have lost something precious…. but we people have become accustomed to them and they have given us many things that do not forget their kindness and their love for us” ~ B.A. These are the […]

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Refugee Radio- Brighton

Dozens of new groups and projects have sprung up since last year in response to the migrant crisis. We would like to share some of the methods we have been using over the past decade to help those  groups ensure that their efforts are as effective and meaningful as possible. Refugee Radio was established by […]

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Milk Cafe – Glasgow

I’m sitting writing this listening to the animated chatter of the English lesson going on beside me. The class is run by the Big Issue for it’s vendors and MILK hosts it every Monday. I’m happy to see it so full because it wasn’t always like this, there was a long time at the beginning […]

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Focal Point – Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Just as a warming fire draws people in, Focal Point is a Community Voice Project that brings people from differing cultures together, giving them a voice in the way services are provided and the skills and opportunities to engage with one another and the local community in Merthyr Tydfil. More than one culture Focal Point […]

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