About REAP

Thanks to Everyone for your involvement and support for our Refugee Networking Conference – Thursday 6th July 2017 – Watch this space for writes ups, links and ‘what next?’

What is Refuge? Refugee Networking Conference

We will continue to build on themes such a

– What is “Refuge” and do people find it in West London?
Language and Interpreting
Mental and Emotional Health and Refugee Access
Supporting the Supporters (HEAR / The Way Ahead)
Home, Homelessness, Destitution and Survival
– Hate into Refuge
– Welcome and Wellbeing
– Guidance on Community Care Assessments (MTG Solicitors)

Current English List of Community English Groups  near Hillingdon and Southall

July 2017
13th   Thursday  ‘Summer Celebration and Picnic‘ for English group members and friends

September 2017
8th Friday       Sharing and Networking Meeting for all local Community English group leaders, volunteers, new trainees.

October – November 2017
Dates  TBC  Introductory Training for Community Interpreters and ‘Parent Interpreters’
Date    TBC  Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees:  Introductory workshop and Training

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

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
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 6th 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.