Partners and funders
Connect2 is for people aged 16+ who are unemployed or inactive who live in Coventry.
Connect2 can help you address labour market barriers such as disabilities and mental health issues. The project understands the unique and complex barriers which deters people from engaging in employment focused programmes.
Connect2 can support you in a range of ways, including:
- getting into education, training or employment
- one to one guidance
- employability coaching
- skills development
- raising aspirations, resilience and independence
- skills and confidence building
Coventry City Council
Coventry City Council provides Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre with essential funding to run our core services. These consist primarily of our Advice Team, Supported Housing Team, Complex Needs Team and Employment Team.
Accelerate is a Building Better Opportunities project funded by National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund
Managed by Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency in Coventry, the free employment support service offers training and work experience to help clients secure work.
The project specialises in supporting people who would like to work but for various reasons find it hard to get a job and enjoy all the benefits that employment brings.
This project has finished now
It has provided funding to deliver an employability project at Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, which will see 16 people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities take part in a 16 week work experience placements.
The aim of the project is to help integrate refugees and other third country nationals to rebuild their lives in safety, becoming fully self-sufficient and establish themselves within the wider community in Coventry.
This will be achieved by providing them with English language education, information, advice and guidance; individualised, one-to-one help to remove barriers to progression e.g. housing and benefits advice; self-development interventions; fun activities which help clients to make new friends with people outside of their communities; therapy; opportunities to visit new places and find out more about their new home; access to employment and volunteering; arts/cultural projects/activities and arts and cultural engagement opportunities which have the potential to deepen their relationship to and understanding of their city.
The project has two pathways for clients. Clients may change pathways if their support needs change. Pathway 1 will see the client allocated a caseworker who will support the client over a period of time addressing issues and concerns they experience, educating along the way to ensure they are able to deal with these issues themselves going forward. We will cover all areas of concern, which can vary from benefit maximisation, employment, counselling and social inclusion. We will liaise with other agencies where needed to get the best outcomes for our clients. Specialist provisions are provided for women and unaccompanied minors. Clients will also be guided through the enrichment activities on offer by their caseworker.
Pathway 2 of the project is for clients who do not require one to one support and they will be able to sign up to the different activities that we have on offer in our enrichment programme. This includes ESOL classes, friendship and hobby groups, volunteering placements and an arts and culture programme.
This project is open to:
- Third Country Nationals (non EU/EEA nationals) who have the right to remain in the UK in a long-term stay capacity including spouses and dependants
- Those who have been granted refugee/humanitarian protection status in the UK
- Those granted Discretionary Leave for 30 months or more in one amount
- Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC)
This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.
Urban Innovative Actions
Controlling Migration Fund
The Integration Project
The Integration Project was set up in Coventry in 2014, and started out by supporting Afghan interpreters and their families who used to work with the British Army in Afghanistan.
Since then, the UK government launched the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (RVC), which resettle vulnerable families and children from refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.
It is formed of local organisations Coventry City Council, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC), Coventry Citizens Advice, Positive Youth Foundation, Foleshill Women’s Training, and the St Francis of Assisi Church.
Currently, Coventry has welcomed over 800 refugees on the programme, one of the best responses of any local authority in the country.
Swan Mountain Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
A B Charitable Trust
Michael Marsh Charitable Trust
Vinci UK Foundation
Balsall Common Methodist Church, Churches Together Balsall & Berkswell, Hearsall Baptist Church, Hillfields Church, St George’s Church, St Martin’s Finham, West Orchard United Reformed Church all welcomed Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre to fundraise. This was in support of Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre’s relocation to a new home in September 2017, and to pay for the redevelopment and modernisation of this home in 2019.
The Eveson Trust
The Saintbury Trust
The C B and H H Taylor Charitable Trust
Jill Franklin Trust
We would like to give a big thank you to our regular donors.