Training and Development Project in Tyneside
Photo Tyneside General Meeting
The Training & Development (T&D) project has been running in Tyneside since November 2010 and our Community Development Worker Louise Harlanderson is actively working with new and existing participants from refugee-led community organizations (RCOs) in Tyneside.
The Tyneside region covers Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside with active groups in most areas. Most of our work involves Community Safety, Health, Economic Inclusion and Advocacy. Below are some of the highlights of work carried out in November and December in 2011
Economic Inclusion:
We are working with several groups to assist them to access the appropriate support for the development of their organization or business and looking at training, education and employment and seeking new projects who wish to develop these areas. Louise has assisted FIAYC with identifying short, medium and long-term planning and needs and is supporting Integration Gates with their transition to become an accredited Centre.
Photo FIAYC Project Planning
RRF supported Sudanese Independence Day promotion as its intention was to represent to the wider community about the Sudanese culture but also to bring together the wider community to represent their interests and understand the voice and culture of the Sudanese people
Photo Sudanese Independence day 08/01/12
Skilling Up:
Equality Act and Public Sector Duty Part Two Training:
Tyneside organized follow up training for people who had participated in the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Duty training to discuss if they had implemented any of the training and to focus on any barriers that still existed in enabling people to challenge for their rights.
Photo Equality Act Training 14/12/11
Belle Vue Visit:
We organized a visit to a youth organization in Hartlepool to enable FIAYC to learn from them about policies/ procedures, funding, running processes, volunteering, working with parents and families and tool kits for coping with more challenging young people. FIAYC learned a lot from a more experienced organization and have planned to organize exchange visits between their projects for the benefit of the young people.
Photo Visit to Belle Vue Centre 09/12/11
Tyneside General Meeting:
On 13th December 2011 we held a Tyneside General Meeting where we presented the achievements from each of the RCO’s and the challenges they are still facing. We debated upon possible solutions and recommendations to tackle these challenges and facilitated networking opportunities to enables RCO’s to share their ideas about what works and what needs to happen to make things work as well as possible collective action on key issues.
Photo Tyneside General Meeting

Future Plans:

We are planning a series of monthly events on the first Wednesday of each month to enable refugee led communities to access information about various service providers but also to highlight to service providers the perceived and actual barriers for the asylum seeker/ refugee led communities in accessing their services. It will be an opportunity for you to have your voice heard, your ideas listened to and hopefully any issues resolved,
The following dates have been set:
Wednesday 1st February 9.30am until 12.30pm: Planning of format of sessions regarding what the refugee/ asylum seeker communities which to raise, what they are interested in finding out about and positive/ negative experiences they have had
Wednesday 7th March 9.30am – 12.30pm: Health – Organisations who have confirmed their attendance include Stroke Association, Newcastle LINk, Tyneside PCT, Sight Service, aTENSION, Tyneside Women’s Health, Befriending Service, Alzheimer’s Society, Gateshead LINk , Community Health Nurse from Northumbria Health and North Tyneside LINk
Wednesday 2nd May 9.30am until 12.30pm: Community Safety – Organisations who have confirmed their attendance include Gateshead Arch system, Victim Support and Gateshead Community Network
Wednesday 4th July 9.30am until 12.30pm: Advocacy - Organisations who have confirmed their attendance include GAIN, Nexus, aTENSION 

Getting Involved:

Refugee Communities

If you are part of a refugee community based in Tyneside or you are an asylum seeker or refugee with ideas about bringing about positive 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 either call Louise on 0191 423 6255; or mobile 07918 765 660; send am email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or drop into the office for a chat Design Works, Unit 15, 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 Louise 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.