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Newly arrived communities

Building Bridges between Communities in Coventry

About the project

The Building Bridges project is a two-year initiative which being delivered with partner organisations across Coventry - including Positive Youth Foundation, Church of Assisi, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Foleshill Women's Training and West Midlands Police.

The priority of the project is to bring all communities together by supporting, participating and investing in the skills, the assets and the cultural background that each individual has.

The project focuses on:

  • Developing and Improving Skills by providing intensive ESOL classes for employability, creating volunteering opportunities, and implementing 'Information, Advice and Guidance  Sessions' on topics such as education, housing, mental health, and equality. The sessions will be open to the whole community.  
  • Youth Integration by creating 'School Aid Hubs' to provide intensive support for new arrivals and help them to adapt to their new school environment, and 'Community Aids Hubs' to bring together young host and migrant communities whilst also developing their interpersonal and vocational skills. Youth Forums will be generated from the aid hubs in order to promote community cohesion and integration of newly arrived young people.
  • Giving back to Communities by creating a new volunteer programme and building a network for long- term volunteer placements.
  • Supporting Independence by launching a letting agency to work with local landlords and help migrants and refugees find private accommodation that can enable them to build a home for the future.

Coventry is a city which has been defined and continues to be defined by welcoming newcomers with open arms. By bringing communities together and Building Bridges through integration and community cohesion, we hope to continue this legacy.

For more information contact us on: buildingbridgesproject@coventry.gov.uk, Facebook page: @BuildingBridgesCoventry, Twitter account: Bridges_Cov

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