Community Work and Building Networks
Our community projects support people wishing to integrate into the local community and learn new skills. We strongly believe that integration is key, and we support this process in a number of ways. Thanks to the support and skills of our volunteers we have set up a number of projects. To learn more or join any of these project get in touch with us.
ESOL and literacy classes
We run four free classes every week (term-time) - all run by experienced volunteers. The classes are open to everyone and provide people with support and resources to learn or improve their English. Our classes take place at Clyde Nursery (Deptford) during the following times:
Mondays - 13:00 to 14:30
Tuesdays - 10:00 to 12:00
Thursdays - 12:00 to 13: 00 (Literacy) and 13:00 to 15:00 (ESOL)
sewing and knitting group
Our weekly sewing and running group offers an informal setting to learn new skills to migrant and refugee women. The group supports people interested in learning how to saw or knit their own clothes and products.
We are currently piloting a project to take the training to the next level, and support women who want to set up their own tailoring business. The project will help women to set up their own social enterprise and help them develop other skills such as financial literacy, business management and more.
We run weekly gardening classes tailored to migrants, refugee and asylum seekers. Our expert Therapeutic Gardener leads weekly sessions for people who are experiencing hardship as a way to provide them with mental health support. This project seeks to complement our other activities promoting integration and well-being.
Classes are open to people of all genders, religions and ethnic background.
Our gardening project takes place in our office garden on:
Mondays - 11.00 to 12.30
Wednesdays - 12.45 to 14.15
DEPTFORD FIRST PARTNERSHIP
We are working in partnership with Deptford First - a charity “Promoting local cohesion, assisting local initiatives and helping local people in difficulty”. In the new year we will be supporting destitute families who are struggling to meet their basic needs and will run a pilot programme to help them get back on their feet and enable them to improve their mental wellbeing.
Lewisham Migration Forum
The Lewisham Migration Forum (LMF) has been set up by Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network (LRMN) in partnership with other organisations, and hosted by Voluntary Action Lewisham (VAL). The LMF aims to bring together experts, caseworkers, advocates, campaigners, lawyers, politicians and community groups working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Lewisham.
The Forum's aim is to improve practices, share resources and knowledge and offer a chance for practitioners to network and help make the sector stronger.The Forum is open to anyone working with migrant and refugee communities and to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers themselves. Service user engagement is central to the LMF and we aim to make the forum a place where experts by experience can contribute and make their voices heard.The Forum is chaired by Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network and has a rotating steering committee formed of 12 members.
The Forum's priorities for 2020 are two:
Ensure Lewisham can become a Sanctuary Borough for refugees
Develop an online portal to share resources, information, services and more for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and organisations working with these communities"
For more information, and to attend the next Forum’s meeting please email us at email@example.com.