Training and Development Project in Wearside

Update 2011/12

The Regional Refugee Forum North East Training and Development project which is its second year has made some significant progress in empowering participants with knowledge and skills to achieve self identified projects to support their communities.
The project is mainly focusing on:
  • Economic Inclusion
  • Health
  • Community Safety
These main focus areas of operation have a tremendous impact on the refugee community since the project started in Wearside and in the first year we have supported a total number of 53 participants from different refugee led community organisations.

Wearside General Meeting

On 5th of December of year 2011 we had a general meeting at the British Kurdish Community Centre in Sunderland, attended by 28 participants which brought together the RRF Executive Committee and the RRF membership. One of the key outcomes of the event was the realisation that more network events were necessary for members to learn from each other and for external agencies to meet and discuss with our participants about their services and routes to access them.

Equality Act Training

This year we organised a series of workshops on the Equality Act 2010 and this was delivered in partnership with The Equality and Human Rights Commission. The workshops aimed to:

  Understanding the Equality Act 2010 and how to apply it.

  Look at different case studies and how to the Act was applied.

  Understand issues around discrimination

 

 Parliamentary Outreach Training

In partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Programme, we organised training for members on how to engage with parliament and to understand how it  works. Areas covered in this training were:

·         The work of MPs and members of the House of Lords

·         Understanding the legislation process in both houses

·         Select Committees

·         Questions and debates in parliament

·         Accessing useful information and

·         Parliamentary Select group

Participants at this training asserted the need for more of this kind of training on parliament and the law making in Britain.

Network Events

On the 17th of February, we will be holding a network event focused on:

  Business Start Up

  Training Opportunities

  British Red Cross, process of family re-union.

  Placement opportunity and employability  

The agencies will deliver presentations followed by round table discussion with participants to address specific questions.

Support to Participants

The method we use in supporting project participants is the participatory method and most of the issues are identified and strategies to address them through participatory planning techniques, which allow all participants to contribute rather than just one or two people dominating. Participatory techniques are also useful when working with individuals whose first language isn’t English as they provide a more visual approach to problem solving and planning.

Relating to up skilling agencies on cultural competencies from refugee perspectives we have organised a training session with Next Step staff by working with one of our project participants from Durrimaknun on how  best to support and promote services to refugees seeking advice from them. Feedback on the Training was very positive from Next Step. 

                                                   

T&D is developing strategies for students from Sunderland University to access learning opportunities with RCOs in Wearside. The main focus will be the departments of Social Sciences. This will help students learn about best practice when working with refugees and could also help develop working relationships with students before they even go into practice.

We have developed a good working relationship with some key agencies in Wearside like Voluntary Community Action (VCA) Sunderland, BECON, Skillshare and Next Steps, Sustainable Enterprise Strategy Sunderland, Sunderland Community Police, Nexus and many more. Some of these support our members in different areas including training, funding applications for RCOs (Refugee Community Organisations) and infrastructure development for RCOs in the city.

Getting involved

We have engaged members with all ongoing consultations taking place in Sunderland, including consultations  with the Health sector consultations, transport, and the council consultation on the Equality Act.

If you are part of the refugee community based in Sunderland, Washington, South Tyneside and Durham or you are an asylum seeker or refugee with ideas about bringing about constructive change for your community (it might be a project, a campaign, a business idea, or something different) you can get support from the Training and Development project. You can call (01914236255 / 07423430591), send an email  to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or drop in to the office for a chat with Sam at: 15 Design works, William Street Felling, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 0JP

If you want to find out more about how your organisation can connect with the Training and Development project, start making contact with refugee community organisations and develop opportunities for partnership working please contact Sam using the info above or you could contact the Project Manager, Herbert Dirahu ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )  or on 07918765658.

 

                                                     

 

 Update 2010/11

The Regional Refugee Forum North East Training and Development project has been operating in Wearside since December 2010 and we have made some progress in developing our members who are mainly focusing on:

  • Economic inclusion
  • Health Agenda
  • Community Safety

On the 15th July 2011, The Regional refugee Forum through T & D Project organised a Network Event for the first time in Sunderland, the event was to bring together RCOs Wearside region and a few support agencies and the event was a big success with 48 attendees.

 

Representatives of RCOs in Wearside got an opportunity to talk about their work to address issues identified by their communities. They also got an opportunity to share experiences of success, challenges and explored common areas that could be addressed collectively.
The RCOs also got valuable information from Next Steps, Sunderland Community Development Team, The Arch Group (race hate crime reporting) and Sunderland BME Network about how refugee communities could access mainstream support.

The T&D Project has helped Jambo Africa to develop a project with Sunderland council which has led to the signing of a service level agreement

 

The group encourages parents and kids to learn from each other on different issues relating to family life in a new context. The project encourages discussions between parents and children, creating an environment of open communication between members of families, a new culture to many families. Some of this work is encourage by joint cooking sessions between parents and children. The ICT sessions give an opportunity to young people to help their parents to learn from their children about latest knowledge on information technologies that young people are generally a step ahead over their parents. To get involved in Jambo Africa Family Forum please contact: Gauthier Matho This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 

Working with participants:

We use participatory methods in most cases when supporting our participants and it`s very effective.
Relating to up skilling agencies on cultural competencies from refugee perspectives we have organised a training session with Next Step staff by working with one of our project participants from Durrimaknun on how best to support and promote services to refugees seeking advice from them. Feedback on the Training was very positive from Next Step.

   

T&D is in the process of developing strategies for students from Sunderland University to access learning opportunities with RCOs in Wearside. The main focus will be the departments of Social Sciences. This will help students learn about best practice when working with refugees and could also help develop working relationships with students before they even go into practice.
We have developed a good working relationship with Voluntary Community action (VCA) Sunderland, in different areas, training, funding application for RCOs (Refugee community Organisations) and infrastructure development for RCOs in the city.

Getting involved

If you are part of a refugee community based in Sunderland, Washington, South Tyneside and Durham or you are an asylum seekers or refugee with ideas about bringing about change for your community (it might be a project, a campaign, a business idea, or something different) you can get support from the Training and Development project. You can call (01914236255 / 07423430591), send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or drop in to the office for a chat with Sam at: 15 Design works, William Street Felling, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 0JP

   

If you want to find out more about how your organisation can connect with the Training and Development project, start making contact with refugee community organisations and develop opportunities for partnership working please contact Sam using the info above or you could contact the Project Manager, Herbert Dirahu ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or on 07918765658.

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