Zimbabwe Association (ZA) Leicester Drop In Centre
A fortnightly Drop In Centre(DIC) providing a lifeline for Zimbabwean & all refugees. Comfort, support & advice & a traditional hot meal. Plus involvement in life-enhancing activities & projects. The DIC is a bridge leading the desperate from destitution & despair to services by larger organisations
There are a large number of Zimbabweans in Leicester caught in the asylum process over many years. This difficult situation has dragged on leaving them drained and dispirited as well as isolated and overwhelmed. The ZA meets the increasing welfare needs of members by providing grassroots local support. We aim to strengthen the Zimbabwean community enabling it to become actively involved at a local level.
The Drop In Centre helps individuals strengthen and recover their self esteem enabling them to offer support to others. Centre members form a united group which participates in local community events and raises awareness of issues surrounding asylum. The Drop In Centre helps break down barriers and misconceptions in the local community by running projects which involve working alongside other groups
Create confidence and empowerment to tackle problems and build self esteem
Activities» Accurately signposting members to specific agencies for further support with issues such as destitution, domestic violence, housing
Individuals will re build confidence and this will be reflected in four projects up & running in the next 12 months. Plus participation in 4 campaigns on key issues
Enable networking & teamwork, refugees often face barriers on socialising & speaking about problems
Activities» Drop In Centre run by a working group of centre users (all users are encouraged to help in the running of the centre)
» Individuals are encouraged to join or even lead project groups
Have 6 events in the next 12 months that include the wider general public. Have
Alleviate the negative effects of isolation
Activities» Having a welcoming & open centre where individuals can come to talk about their concerns & engage in activities
Success will be a high uptake in attendance of 80 plus per DIC session with repeat attendance of 70% (on average)
Liaising with local organisations and working collaboratively
Activities» Joint projects with local organisations and proactively working together to address issues highlighted at the drop in
Strong working relationships with 4 other organisations will have been built and strategies in place to deal with issues of concern
The project will develop increased confidence and self reliance by developing a stronger Zimbabwean Community in Leicester. It will provide opportunities for greater engagement in local projects and collaborative work. There will be a greater understanding amongst the wider community of the issues faced by asylum seekers.
Overreliance on key personnel such as the Joint Coordinators of the Drop In Centre
By encouraging a team approach to running the Drop In Centre, and promoting the ability of the working team to function without Coordinators present
Via yearly reports (more frequently if requested) and through regular updates of our work via website and newsletter
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £504 Rent Renting a church hall for 24 DIC sessions £2,880 Food costs Hot meal per person for 24 DIC sessions (based on £1.33 pp) £500 Training External training for project leaders and internal training for DIC members £2,688 Project workers £56 per session for 2 project workers £1,000 Projects Set up costs for DIC projects £500 Community events Community events £968 Expenses Towards volunteer related expenses, printing, postage and phone costs £960 Transport support £40 per session for support towards transport needs
Leicester has a high number of Zimbabweans in the town and surrounding areas. The project will meet at the Methodist Church in the town centre. Leicester has a reputation for promoting integration of different communities. It is accessible
Zimbabweans, other vulnerable individuals and the local community will benefit from the skills and expertise of the centre users. It will also help breakdown social stereotypes, increase understanding and cohesion.
The Zimbabwe Association has been established since 2001 and has the trust and respect of the Zimbabwean community in the UK and the asylum sector. As well as welfare the ZA offers legal signposting, research, quarterly newsletters, lobbying and campaign work.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Patson is the Convenor of the Zimbabwe Association Advisory Committee and joint Leicester Drop In Leader. He is a motivational community activist.
Pelagia is a member of the Zimbabwe Association Advisory Committee and joint Leicester Drop In Leader She is a hard-working capable organiser.