The Communities of Identity Project (CoI) is a consortium of 14 organisations delivering a range of activities and services that help asylum seekers and refugees access information, advice and guidance, and providing a range of skills and confidence building activities including intergenerational work and youth activities, to enable them to become active citizens.
This project is funded by Nottingham City Council.
4489 refugees and asylum seekers received information, advice and guidance by 7 organisations
668 clients engaged in activities around building skills & confidence, provided by 6 community organisations
Clients attended English classes
Refugees and Asylum Seekers were volunteering at 7 organisations
Groups received support around group development
M is a young man from Sudan and a new arrival in the UK. He attended our ESOL “LET” classes as a real beginner (Pre-Entry level). During his classes he spoke to his teacher about being lonely and not knowing anyone in Nottingham. He made good progress in the Pre-Entry class and was able to progress to an Entry 1 class. He has made friends with people in his group and has grown in confidence. He reported to his teacher that he feels a lot happier now that he has made friends. He will now be invited onto our employability training to help him understand the labour market in the UK.
The COI funding allows us to offer group support for free to those groups run by, or offering services to, refugees and asylum seekers. NCVS can extensively increase its reach to these communities by being part of this consortium.NCVS
The sharing of information and experience during the regular quarterly consortium meetings prove to be very productive. (East African Education Centre)
It is really good that we are still having our consortium meetings regularly and continue to learn from other consortium members. The lockdown period was very hard and our members couldn’t access 100% of the service, as some of the members like face-to-face service. (Senior Support Group)