This Comic Relief-funded EOU project has been set up building on our previous work with women and with feedback from key stakeholders in order to build the capacity of groups working with vulnerable refugee and asylum-seeking women.
It is a multi-agency project involving refugee and asylum-seeking groups (RAS), mainstream and statutory agencies.
Our focus is on those working with women affected by violence or trauma. This includes violence or trauma from experiences pre-migration, during the asylum process and/or faced by new communities here in the UK.
We are running this project with our values of collaboration and participation at the core and thus we are looking for steering group members, collaborators, advice, tips and new connections, including reaching out to small groups working with women who may be new to the Evelyn Oldfield Unit.
This is a women-only project and for London groups only.
The main activities will include:
- Consultancy support for the planning of new projects to support women
- Offering training for frontline staff supporting vulnerable women
- Running accredited advocacy sessions for RAS women
- Raise awareness of the issues vulnerable RAS women face
- Facilitating dialogue between agencies working with women
- Annual conference—sharing learning, understanding new developments in the sector
- Building strategic engagement, collaboration and improving access to services
- Working with mainstream and legal groups to improve their working practices
- Building resources: development of online good-practice resources on working with vulnerable RAS women
Our Supporting Women Project Toolkit is one click away!
“I’ve been part of the conference for the last couple of years. It’s a space that empowers women and provides excellent networking opportunities. Most importantly, it provides a space for women to speak out about the issues that concern them,” Princess Onyeukwu, former refugee and member of the steering group for the Supporting Women Project.
If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Sheena, 0207 697 4103 or at email@example.com
Celebrating Women Project
As a follow-up from our Supporting Women Project, the Celebrating Women Project was established. The Celebrating Women Project focuses on providing domestic violence support and training, employment and skills training, networking events, and more to refugee and migrant community organisations (RMCOs). These organisations work with vulnerable refugee, asylum seeker or migrant women, particularly those affected by violence or trauma. This includes pre-migration, during the asylum process and violence faced by new communities here in the UK.
Between 2014-2016, the project’s Comic Relief-funded predecessor, the Supporting Women Project, worked closely with a dedicated Steering Group to provide capacity-building support to many organisations.
The project reached over 350 beneficiaries through many events, including 3 annual conferences, which connected London-based agencies with the common goal of supporting refugee and migrant women. The Celebrating Women Project aims to uphold this legacy and continue supporting vulnerable women.