Project information

Women Inspiring the Next Generation

We will provide holistic support for vulnerable migrant mothers, who include women who have been trafficked and victims of domestic violence, and their children, through advice and workshops on healthy eating, parenting skills, access and entitlements to healthcare/benefits and bonding with baby.

January 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: Praxis Community Projects

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  • Need

    Need

    Many migrant children live in overcrowded conditions and move frequently, making it hard for them to settle in school. Children often suffer disproportionately and many are born into homelessness, multiple deprivation and extreme poverty, suffer from poor nutrition, face various illnesses and have limited or no access to healthcare. The demand for Praxis services is very high and growing, due to cuts in advice sector and legal aid provision.

    Solution

    We will holistically address vulnerable families’ complex and multiple disadvantages. We will provide access to the services they need: housing, health and advice. We’ll also support mothers to provide safer/healthier environments for their children, promote physical and emotional wellbeing, and reduce isolation through social bonding, creative activities and peer support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Group work will support mothers to develop resilience, promote wellbeing and reduce isolation.

    Activities

    » Provide children with a creative space to play, develop their confidence and form positive relationships with others.
    » Enable mothers to increase parenting skills and be more confident, to give children a safer and happier family life.
    » Provide access to practical and emotional support for children, including counselling for those who have suffered trauma.

    Group facilitators complete observation notes after each session and we run focus groups and carry out one-to-one interviews with families.


    Aim 2

    The provide a central point of contact for vulnerable families from which to access services.

    Activities

    » Provide solutions to urgent problems; homelessness, destitution, violent/dangerous/exploitative situations and poor child safety.
    » Develop mothers’ understanding of their rights and entitlements, and be better able to access appropriate services to support their children.
    » Support children and their mothers with immediate and longer-term housing or, where necessary, safe accommodation.
    » Support undocumented British children to obtain birth certificates/passports, and access their entitlements.

    Advice work is recorded on our management database, and this enables us to capture data and report key outputs and outcomes.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Access to entitlements, housing, and an extended support network enables families to build a long-term, stable, happy quality of life together. Our interventions for children massively increase their life chances and ability to integrate well into society, so that they will ultimately make their own positive contribution to the community. These are too long term to measure directly, but our measures above will enable us to show we have removed the major barriers to this long term change.

    Risk

    We are small and have not run an online campaign before, but 2 members of the staff team have experience in successfully doing so. We are developing a digital strategy to support this. We don’t have a major donor programme, but have deliberately set a low target and identified potential prospects.

    Reporting

    We will provide a written report for our champion and pledgers, and will invite them to visit and see the huge impact their funding is having on the mothers and children. Other donors will be sent details by e mail, if available, and we’ll publicise our project via our social medial channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,600 Project support activities Including travel, entrance fees, crèche costs
      £1,150 Project management/office cost 8 days staff time
      £250 Materials eg art materials, disposable cameras
  • Background

    Location

    We are adjacent to the High Street with good tube and bus links close by. Our accommodation includes a large Hall for activities, space for childcare, interview rooms, disabled toilet and changing facilities, public internet access and a cafe where mothers can work togther to cook meals. The Bethnal Green population has high levels of immigrants and ethnic minorities, and higher than average levels of unemployment and young children.

    Beneficiaries

    Some 250 vulnerable migrant mothers and their children who have no recourse to public funds, including women who have been trafficked and victims of domestic violence. Many are living in overcrowded conditions with family or friends. They invariably move around frequently, making it hard for the children to settle in school and are part of families living in extreme poverty. Our work is well known within the Community and people travel from all over London to access our services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Based in the heart of the East End for over 30 years, we are highly respected and trusted by the community, and provide a wide range of holistic services, from specialist legal support to promoting wellbeing and giving a voice to some of the most marginalised people in our community. We also work collaboratively with a very wide range of organisations across London, as part of a much wider network of support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sally Daghlian

    As CEO, Sally provides valuable specialist insight and strategic thinking, as well as ensuring the team receive the support they need.

    Maria Inglesias

    Maria overseas operational delivery of advice and group work, to ensure activities are well coordinated, resourced and focussed.

    Mel Steel

    Mel leads our advice and group teams, and uses her in-depth expertise to support them and develop solutions for particularly challenging cases.

    Emma Gardiner

    Emma, our group coordinator, has had huge success in engaging our beneficiaries and developing positive solutions that meet their needs and wishes.