Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £5,000 by the VINCI UK Foundation to support ‘The Big Move’ to Norton House.
The money was provided after CRMC requested funding towards improving disabled toilet facilities, flooring and lighting at the charity’s new home. Toni Soni, Centre Director at CRMC said: “We are extremely grateful to the VINCI UK Foundation and its partners for the support they have provided, as we continue our relocation into our new home at Norton House.
“This award will help us in our continued efforts to build a place of hope and sanctuary in Coventry for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and other vulnerable communities.”
The award also includes a project sponsor from VINCI UK Foundation partner Actemium UK. The sponsor will help CRMC to complete the work in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner.
Jeremy Mead, Facilities Officer at CRMC and project manager for ‘The Big Move’ said: “Our new centre will help us to continue and improve the frontline services we offer to newly arrived communities in Coventry, so that they can rebuild their lives in peace and integrate and contribute to the city.
“Both the financial contribution and time volunteered will be invaluable in helping us to deliver a safe and welcoming space.”
VINCI UK Foundation launched in 2016, and supports groups and charities which work to tackle exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. Rochdi Ziyat, Board Director, VINCI UK Foundation and CEO, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, said: “The support provided by the staff at VINCI’s businesses, as well as the generous funding grants provided, is what sets the VINCI UK Foundation apart as a supporter of community cohesion.
“For a second year, the Foundation will make a real difference to the lives of the most excluded in society and help to strengthen communities across the UK.”
Despite completing the first phase of ‘The Big Move’ to Norton House, CRMC still has plenty of work to do to ensure it continues to offer its frontline services and achieves its long term aims. The long term vision for the centre is to build a community space for the general public to share, where the charity will be able to improve its efforts to promote integration and community cohesion, and celebrate and continue Coventry’s proud history of welcome, peace and reconciliation dating back to the Second World War.
Toni said: “The investment that we have been awarded by VINCI UK Foundation will greatly help us in our efforts to turn Norton House from a dilapidated, run down building, into a place of hope for the vulnerable in Coventry.
“However, we have found it extremely difficult as a charity to raise all the financial means to complete the move. That is why we are continuing with our fundraising campaign in aid of ‘The Big Move, and we urgently require all the support we can get.’”
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