What knowledge and skills? How does it work?
Drop in, phone and online assistance
Experienced casework and support
Get information and help yourself
Our aim is that women have as much information, knowledge and support as possible to allow them to make informed decisions within a tough system. They will be encouraged to weigh up decisions and consider thoughtfully what is best for them as individuals, as well as the wider effects for others. Women will be provided with material about rights and responsibilities, including social and economic information about health, housing, finances, immigration status, volunteering, education and work, 1-1 with a caseworker and in groups.
The team is led by Sarah T, who worked at Coventry Refugee Migrant Centre in 2007 on the therapeutic service and women's project, before becoming a housing & women's worker with the Hope Projects. This was when she was volunteering at the Coventry Peace House Night Shelter, and living in the Peace House housing coop. She had the opportunity to support and empower destitute asylum seeking , refugee and migrant women with many issues they faced. The Ujamaa project was built, relations with legal advisors and other projects nurtured and a Masters in Migration and Social Policy taken to enable her to work with universities, groups and women to lobby for a better system. She worked for the BIRCH community hosting project, after a Irish sabbatical, and also at the Rape and Sexual Violence Project as the asylum and refugee worker. She is currently working with the NHS as a GP Social Prescribing Link Worker, and coordinates Baobab.
Rani, Saku, Gimbi, Jabeen, Hanieh, Hannan and Talha have completed the LUSH funded training and are using their skills and initiative to support women, those who identify as women and occasionally men, while gaining experience and knowledge with 1-1 advocacy and casework. Gimbi and Hannan have moved to advocate in different forums, but stay connected to campaigns and social actions. Saku is focusing on her legal qualifications from September and will be representing women as a solicitor in the near future we hope. We are working to develop links to community centres, so we can reach women who aren't already in contact with the refugee and migrant sector.
Saku, Jabeen, Rani, Hanieh, Bridget and Talha updated training skills in February 2020 and gave feedback on where they wanted the project to go to with our next funding due in June 2020, Loraine and Espoir attended the August 2019 training and are completing trainee hours at the drop in's.
Orit, Gulla & Muna are interpreters who support advocates. Gaja and Rakinder are a university students who help advocates research, edit emails and draft letters as needed.
Sarah M supervises advocates making sure they are supported, and are focusing on themselves and their own development.
Hilary, retired GP supports women with health problems, seeing them for a discussion about what's needed, and communicating with their GP's.