Project information

MERSEYSIDE REFUGEE JOB CLUB

TO BRING TOGETHER OUR SPECIALIST JOB-SEARCH/WELFARE GUIDANCE SERVICE, OUR UK ONLINE CENTRE AND ESOL TEACHERS AROUND AN IT-BASED JOB-CLUB FOR REFUGEES INFANTILISED BY A DECADE OR MORE OF EXCLUSION FROM THE JOBS AND HOUSING MARKETS BY THE ASYLUM SYSTEM, WAITING FOR LEAVE TO REMAIN.

April 2011 - February 2012

Charity information: MERSEYSIDE NETWORK FOR CHANGE LIMITED

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  • Need

    Need

    REFUGEES ARE FLOODING OUT OF THE ASYLUM SYSTEM AS A TEN-YEAR BACKLOG OF ASYLUM CLAIMS IS CLEARED. 91,500 MAIN A[PPLICANTS WERE GIVEN LEAVE TO REMAIN BETWEEN JANUARY AND SEPTEMBER 2010 WITH A SIMILAR NUMBER IN 2011. THESE OFTEN HIGHLY-SKILLED MIGRANTS HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM EMPLOYMENT,HOUSING AND BENEFITS FOR YEARS AND OFTEN NEED HELP WITH ENGLISH.

    Solution

    BY PROVIDING A JOB CLUB FOR REFUGEES SUPPORTED BY OUR IAG STAFFUSING MY GUIDE ON-LINE COURSES AND JOB-SEARCH AND AN ESOL TUTOR.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    TO TAKE REFERRALS ,SORT OUT REFUGEES HOUSING AND NATIONALINSURANCE STATUS AND REGISTER WITH MYGUIDE.

    Activities

    » ONE-TO-ONE INITIAL INTERVIEWS, DIAGNOSTIC PLAN AND NEEDED REFERRALS TO ESOL ETC

    Success will be...
    100 REFERRALS TAKEN,NI NoS ALLOCATED, HOMES SORTED AND MYGUIDE REGISTRATIONS


    Aim 2

    INTRODUCE CLIENTS TO EMPLOYMENT IN THE UK.

    Activities

    » INITIAL JOBCLUB MEETING TO TEACH CV-WRITING AND JOBSEARCH ON MY-GUIDE AND DIRECT-GOV
    » REVIEW MEETINGS ON BENEFITS, HOUSING ETC

    Success will be...
    80 PEOPLE GOING THROUGH INITIAL PROCESS, IMPROVING LANGUAGE SKILLS AND PRODUCING CVs


    Aim 3

    HELP CLIENTS FIND WORK

    Activities

    » WEEKLY JOB CLUB SESSIONS WHERE CLIENTS CAN BE SUPPORTED BY TUTOR AND EACH OTHER IN SEARCHING FOR WORK AND INTERIM BENEFITS CLAIMS.
    » CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED ESOL AND LITERACY THROUGH PROGRAMMED MY-GUIDE SESSIONS

    Success will be...
    50 PEOPLE FINDING WORK OR TRAINING


  • Impact

    Impact

    WORK IS THE BASIS FOR INTEGRATION AND SOCIAL COHESION; A SERVICE THAT ASSISTS THE TRANSITION FROM ASYLUM SEEKER (STILL REGARDED AS MENDICANT BY WORKING CLASS HOST COMMUNITIES) TO WORKER WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES. EARLIER WORK IN KENSINGTON AND BIRKENHEAD HAS GENERATED MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN SOCIAL COHESION INDICATORS AND THIS PROJECT SEEKS THE SAME.

    Risk

    THE MAIN RIK IS THAT THIS AND OTHER PROJECTS FAIL TO COVER THE COST OF MAINTAINING OUR BASE, ONLINE CENTRE AND WEB ACCESS. WE HAVE ABOUT 60% OF THESE COSTS ALREADY COVERED FOR THE LIFE OF THIS PROJECT AND CAN, RELUCTANTLY, SELL OUR REFUGEE HOUSE TO MEET ANY SHORTFALL. A SUBSIDIARY RISK IS THAT WE WILL BE OVERWHELMED BY DEMAND; WE HAVE ESTABLISHED RATIONING SYSTEMS.

    Reporting

    WE ALREADY PREPARE MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORTS ON EACH OF OUR USERS FOR OTHER FUNDERS AND AGENCIES. THESE WOULD BE AGGREGATED ANONYMOUSLY INTO THREE QUARTERLY AND ONE FINAL REPORTS FOR ANTIGONE.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,300 JOBCLUB FEES HOLDING FORTY JOB CLUB SESSIONS FOR REFUGEES
      £2,700 JOBCLUB COSTS PREMISES, MARKETING, EVALUATION
  • Background

    Location

    LIVERPOOL IS THE MOST DEPRIVED CITY IN ENGLAND, A TRADITIONAL ZONE OF SETTLEMENT FOR MIGRANTS AND THE SECOND BIGGEST REPORTING CENTRE IN THE COUNTRY FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS, ABOUT A THIRD OF WHOM BECOME REFUGEES. A VERY STRONG PHILANTHROPIC TRADITION SURVIVES IN THE CITY, PROMOTING, PARTICULARLY THROUGH FAITH COMMUNITIES, A STRONG NETWORK OF SUPPORT FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES.

    Beneficiaries

    DIRECTLY, A HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS IN THE JOBCLUB PROGRAMME AND THEIR FAMILIES. INDIRECTLY, THE 5,000 OR SO ASYLUM SEEKERS, REFUGEES AND MIGRANT WORKERS FOR WHOM PROJECTS LIKE THIS ARE TANGIBLE EVIDENCE THAT THEY LIVE IN A CITY OF WELCOME. WE, AS AN ORGANISATION, WILL BENEFIT, AS WE KNOW FROM THE OPPORTUNITY PILOTING THIS SCHEME LAST AUTUMN GAVE US TO TRY OUT NEW WAYS OF ONLINE WORKING.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FOR TEN YEARS WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING PROJECTS THAT DEMONSTRATE THE CONTRIBUTION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CAN MAKE TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TEACHING COMMUNITIES TO ORGANISE THEMSELVES AND DEVELOPING SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO THEIR DEMANDS. OUR FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON BLACK AND OTHER EXCEPTIONALLY-EXCLUDED COMMUNITIES WHETHER RUNNING OUTREACH PROGRAMMES FOR JOBCENTREPLUS OR LOCAL AUTHORITIES, A COMMUNITY BURSARY SCHEME SUPPORTING KENSINGTON STUDENTS THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION OR PROMOTING DIVERSITY.

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    People

    NICK BRADY

    AN EXPERIENCED ESOL TUTOR, NICK TRIALLED THE JOB CLUB EXTENSION FOR US LAST AUTUMN AND WILL RUN THE PROJECT

    MAMADOU DIALLO

    A REFUGEE HIMSELF, MAMADOU AND HIS VOLUNTEERS RUN OUR ONLINE CENTRE

    EDWARD MURPHY OBE

    OUR DIRECTOR WILL MANAGE THE PROJECT.