About REAP

Current News
Thursday 6th July ‘What is “Refuge”?   More than a Stamp in a Passport!’
REAP’s Annual Conference and AGM, Hayes UB3  All Day:  Free
Workshops on themes such as
– Language and Interpreting,
– Mental and Emotional Health and Refugee Access,
– The Way Ahead (with HEAR) and other ideas.
Also on Thursday 6th July 4pm REAP’s Cream Tea Fund-raiser, and 5pm REAP AGM

Plus Current List of Community English Groups  near Hillingdon and Southall

June 2017
6th     Tuesday   ‘The Way Ahead?’ HEAR Equality and Human Rights Event, please see www.HEAREquality.org.uk
13th   Tuesday   Methods and practical ‘How to…’  ideas and formats for helping people learn English
16th   Friday      Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees:  Introductory workshop and Training

July 2017
6th    Thursday  “What is Refuge”?  REAP’s Annual Conference  9.30/10.00 – 4.00, FREE but donations welcome.
“Afternoon Cream Tea” Fund-Raiser  4.00-5.00
REAP AGM – all very welcome  5.00 – 6.00
13th   Thursday  ‘Summer Celebration and Picnic‘ for English group members, family and friends welcome

September 2017
tbc   Friday       Sharing and Networking Meeting for all local Community English group leaders, volunteers, new trainees.

Sept-Oct 2017  Dates TBC
26/9, 3/10, 10/10, 17/10    Introductory Training for Community Interpreters, ring 01895 441530

Recent REAP Recommended Resources and Events
*Mapping and Directory: Support for Refugee Children & Young People in London
*Briefing from HEAR: Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Entitlements to Health and Social Care, and Disabled Refugees’ Rights/Access to Transport/Freedom Pass
24th   Mar Workshop for Practitioners in all fields Working with Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
21st    Mar Refugee Council plus REAP Workshop for Refugee Organisations in London  Living with Mental Health: Refugee Equality and Access to Services
10th   Mar Refugee Women and Girls, Workshop for International Women’s Day
24th   Jan  with HEAR Refugees – Home, Homelessness and Survival – Networking and Knowledge
17th   Jan hosted by HEAR, Support for Deaf Refugees ‘What REAP has Learned so Far…’ to be published on website soon
2nd    Dec  Sarah and her 3 kids Sleep Rough for REAP – ‘We did it!’ nearly £800 for English Groups/Refugee Homelessness
29th   Nov with HEAR Disabled Refugees: Equality Rights and Health & Social Care Entitlements,
25th   Nov Engaging and Communicating with Refugee and Migrant Families Training
21st    Nov With HEAR Disabled and in Exile – Being Excluded Twice  For write up See HEAREquality.org.uk .

Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership (REAP) (Charity 1103345) is an independent, refugee-led organisation in West London that aims to empower refugees and asylum-seekers to live as valuable and valued members of British society. We believe that it is essential to protect the right to refuge so people can escape danger and suffering caused by persecution, and that one implication of giving refuge is that there must also be reasonable level of effective and equitable support for people as they recover and rebuild.

We work towards our aim through practical activities and engagement; communications, training and networking across the voluntary and community sectors (VCS), and policy-oriented activities in partnership with others including building constructive exchange between VCS and statutory bodies relating to knowledge and support for refugees. We seek to enhance the voices and build the capability of those individuals who have sought refuge in the UK, and their communities; by promoting equality and equitable treatment for refugees in all their diversity; by facilitating organisations and individual activists and professionals that support refugees to rebuild their lives.

Current Services/Projects

Interpreting @ REAP – a non-profit service providing trained, local Community Interpreters
Community Interpreters’ & Parent Interpreters’ training and Service
Grass Roots English Groups and training/supporting voluntary group leaders, materials for groups
Refugees for Equality:  Eg. ‘Refugees, Equality and Public Sector Duties’
Training, Networking, Publications and Resources: Eg.‘Working with Asylum-Seekers and Refugees’ (for professionals);

Host to / Partner:  HEAR London’s VCS Human Rights and Pan-Equalities Network: London For All Partnership (LVSC, WRC, RoTA, HEAR): EACH Counselling:

Annual Conferences

  • 2017 Due in July, ‘What is “Refuge”?  More than a stamp in a passport’
  • 2016 Are We Prepared for Refugees in West London? A Networking Conference
  • 2015 Opening Doors: Communication, Refugees and Language
  • 2014 Refugee Languages, English and Interpreting
  • 2013 Equality for Refugees – Protect the Right to Refuge:Equality for All – Prevent the Need for Refuge
  • 2012 Small Groups – Views from Inside, Views from Outside
  • 2011 Becoming British:
  • 2010 Beyond Refuge
  • 2009 Allowed to Remain!… but Allowed to Belong?
  • 2008 Refugees and Multiple Inequalities;  2007 REAP Day of Debates

Recent Publications / Presentations (email sarah@reap.org.uk)

2016 Pragmatic Definitions and Entitlements (updated);
2015 HEAR Impact of Funders on Equality Work in London;
2014 Briefing on Refugee Equality and the Equality Act (with Refugee Council);
2013 No Such thing as ‘Other People’, with CCJ;
2013 Supporting MRCOs Supporting LGBT Refugees, with Esmee Fairbairn;
2012 ‘There is Nothing you Can’t Say’, with MRN;
2011  The Equality Act 2010 : A briefing for refugee and migrant community organisations, with EDF;
2010 ‘One Plus One: supporting frontline organisations to work effectively with refugees’, with National Equality Partnership.