Project information

Firm Foundations - Refugee Family Support

We want to provide support to refugee children & families fleeing war and persecution when they first arrive in the UK. We want to provide a safe space for kids to be kids, and an encouraging & empowering environment for parents to access the help they need to support themselves and their children

12 months

Charity information: Upbeat Communities Ltd

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  • Need

    Need

    Asylum seeker and refugee children have often experienced the same traumatic experiences as their parents, including the effects of war, conflict and persecution, and have made the same difficult journeys from Africa and The Middle East across the Mediterranean and through Europe. Yet on arrival in the UK they don't receive the support they need to develop as children, and are often required to take on responsiblities on behalf of their parents that are beyond their years.

    Solution

    We will provide a range of activities and support for asylum seeker and refugee children and their parents living in Derby, to help them with their integration, educational attainment, and their emotional and mental wellbeing. This will include play and social activities, education provision, language learning, parenting advice, one to one support and signposting.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduced isolation among newly arrived asylum seeker children and refugee children


    Activities

    » Provide twice weekly play/wellbeing sessions for children aged 5 - 16 inlcuding sports, art, dance, trips and visits

    What success will look like

    Asylum seeker and refugee children engaged in the play/wellbeing activities will report an increased sense of belonging and improved connectedness to those around them


    Aim 2

    Improved educational opportunities for newly arrived asylum seeker children and refugee children


    Activities

    » Provide twice weekly family ESOL classes for parents and children to learn English together
    » Provide advice and guidance to families who need assistace in getting their children into mainstream education provision
    » Provide weekly homework support for children who are attending school and need additonal support

    What success will look like

    Asylum seeker and refugee children engaged in ESOL classes and homework support will report increased educational attainment levels


    Aim 3

    Improved mental health and wellbeing among asylum seeker and refugee children


    Activities

    » Provide twice weekly play/wellbeing sessions for children aged 5 - 16 inlcuding sports, art, dance, trips and visits

    What success will look like

    Asylum seeker and refugee children engaged in play/wellbeing sessions will report an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing


    Aim 4

    Increased knowledge among asylum seeker and refugee families around parenting in the UK


    Activities

    » Provide support sessions offering information, guidance and signposting for asylum seeker and refugee parents
    » Provide parenting training to asylum seeker and refugee parents around their rights and the law in the UK

    What success will look like

    Asylum seeker and refugee parents engaged in one-to-one support and the parenting training will report a greater understanding around their rights and responsibilties in the UK


    Aim 5

    Improved integration among asylum seeker and refugee children and their parents


    Activities

    » Support asylum seeker and refugee families to access wider support through signposting to other services
    » Support asylum seeker and refugee families to develop their social newtorks thorugh engaging with our wider befriending support

    What success will look like

    Asylum seeker and refugee children and their parents will report an increased sense of integration and report an increase in the number of positive relationships they have


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will improve the long term opportunities of refugee and asylum seeker (RAS) children, as well as their parents, by helping them to overcome the challenges facing them in the UK
    This will be demonstrated by:
    - reduced numbers of RAS children out of educational provision
    - improved educational attainment of RAS children
    - reduced isolation and improved wellbeing reported by RAS children
    - increased knowledge and confidence reported by RAS parents around parenting issues

    Risk

    Risks include:

    1. Safeguarding issues when delivering activities for children
    Addressed by: DBS checks on all staff/volunteers, safeguarding training, updated safeguarding policy

    2. Health & safety issues in the delivery of activities
    Addressed by: risk assessments for all activities

    3. Lack of participation in project activities
    Addressed by: networking & promotion of project

    4. Lack of monitoring and evaluation evidence
    Addressed by: simple monitoring & evaluation tools

    Reporting

    Donors can choose to sign up for updates via:
    - website content
    - social media content
    - emails
    - printed newsletters
    - donor letters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,688

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,608 Family Support Worker Salary ( Costs to coordinate project and deliver activities
      £1,080 Family Support Worker costs Training, travel and phone
      £3,200 Family ESOL costs Tutor costs
      £1,600 Homework Club costs Tutor costs
      £1,000 Participant travel costs Bus tickets to access project activities
      £2,000 Venue hire Additional class venues
      £1,200 Session costs activity costs, ESOL resources, refreshments
      £3,000 Management & Administration Management time and office costs
  • Background

    Location

    Derby has long had an ethnically diverse population. 13.8% are non-UK born, with 7.1% having been resident for less than 10 years (Census 2011). The Council estimate there are 180 nationalities living in the city, with an excess of 71 languages spoken. Derby is an asylum dispersal city. Most recent figures for asylum seekers in Derby show over 750 people in dispersal housing plus 225 the newly opened Initial Accommodation Centre

    Beneficiaries

    Beneficaries will be:
    - Asylum seeker children (aged 5 -16)
    - Asylum seeker parents
    - Refugee children (aged 5 -16)
    - Refugee parents

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Upbeat Communities have been working with refugees and asylum seekers for 13 years, providing welcome, empowerment and integration activities for those seeking sanctuary. We have an experienced team of staff and volunteers who work on a day to day basis with those fleeing war, torture and persecution.
    We are work in partnership with The British Red Cross, Derby Refugee Advice Centre, The Hope Centre, Derby City Council, and many others to meet the needs of refugees and asylum seekers

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Andrew Jackson

    Chief Executive - responsible for the overall development and oversight of Upbeat Communities' work

    Einir Cooper

    Senior Delivery Lead - responsible for the day to day management of our work and management of staff