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What’s on at REAP January – April 2020

For a List of Community English groups run by a lot of different organisations in West London, see Community English

January 24th Fri starts:  Jan 24th (Fri), Jan 30th (Thurs), Feb 6th (Thurs), Feb 13th (Thurs)   Introduction to Community Interpreting     interpreting@reap.org.uk  or ring Rachaporn on 01895 441530.  £40/£20

January 29th 2020 Wed  Refugees : Home, homelessness – special focus on child and young refugees/AS,
with and without families.   Professional networking event.  Acton.  9.15 reg for 9.30 – 1.00
– A networking, information sharing and collaboration / planning event for people concerned about the risk and impact of homelessness and insecure housing and futures for young refugees and asylum seekers in London, both those with family and unaccompanied children and young people seeking asylum.   See flier for details.  sarah@reap.org.uk to book

January 30th 2020 (Thursday)  REAP Members’ Evening and New Year meal  –  REAP Members only.

POSTPONED February 7th 2020 (Friday) Working with Asylum-Seekers and Refugees focus for Health Professionals  (9.15 registration) 9.30 – 1.00  £25   Free to REAP Members   –   THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MARCH, DATE WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS VENUE IS CONFIRMED.

February 24th Monday  Information and enrolment session for the next 3 month ‘EQUIP Yourself – Training for Community Work’ programme, starting March.  Email rachaporn@reap.org.uk

April 30th 2020 (Thursday) Starts for Six weeks:  ‘GREG’ Training for English Group Leaders and Volunteers.   Please email sarah@reap.org.uk

April 24th Friday 2020  9.30 – 12.30, Venue to be confirmed  West London
Community English Groups : Leaders and Volunteers NetworkMore information
Network meeting, volunteers, new trainees, staff and trainers welcome.
Topics this January include:

  • How to link formal and informal English/ESOL together better.
  • Feedback on a training course for new volunteers run in November/future opportunities for volunteer training and experience?
  • ‘What is your question?’  pooling experience and advice
  • News from your group and programmes (updating the table of groups for Jan – April).
  • NEW Also please bring info about your projects to help people move on and up – other training etc.
  • Update on the ‘Speakers’ project – feedback and ‘reality check’ on what we learned about people’s experiences of trying to access formal ESOL courses or classes.  Next steps?  Invitation?
  • And don’t forget to bring and share materials, ideas for activities, fliers for services etc.

Next meetings of the English Leaders and Volunteers network is Friday 11th Sept.

From Spring  March/April for 6 sessions spread over six weeks plus opportunities to observe and take part in English groups for experience  – Training for English Groups Leaders and Volunteers, UB7


Informal and Community English Groups List 5/11/19  –  New list of English groups – please check and send us your updates  21/10/1019     Please send us news about any English groups you know about .

Every Monday morning in school term time from September : Yiewsley Home Group  ‘At Home in English’ Basic group      ‘At Home in English Intermediate English UB7 8ES

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Recent events

January 16th Thursday   A Taste of Community Interpreting – are you interested in becoming an interpreter?  A half day session where you can learn more, try out some methods and learn about taking the next step.  Free.  There will be a fund-raising raffle and tea/coffee.  Hayes UB3 2AB, Botwell Community Centre, behind the big Catholic Church, opposite Lidl.  Ring REAP office 01895 441530 before 9.30am  on 16th Jan if you cannot find the hall.

Making Refuge Real  :  REAP’s Annual Refugee Networking Conference

July 4th 2019, Thursday  in West London and REAP AGM,  Further details
Making Refuge Real built on themes from the earlier conferences:  ‘Building New Lives – Refugees in West London’  2018 and ‘What is “Refuge”?’ 2017 and also on the series of ‘Refugees : Home and Homelessness’ meetings in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

*Workshops themes were based on REAP’s priority action campaigns, as we try to get refugees’ voices heard in practical, practice and policy making to improve services and support for refugee across West London and further:

  Refugees for Equality: Defending people’s right to meaningful refuge.  2019 GP registration.
  Access to English: ‘Speakers’, Using English with confidence. Diverse Pathways – something for everyone.
  NHS use of interpreters: Understanding lived experiences; Awareness and standards in commissioning and delivery – testing lessons from community research
  Young refugees and their mental health and wellbeing: Children and Young People’s organisations expand their expertise to support young refugees.
  Refugees at Home: Homelessness, housing – belonging and wellbeing in London.  Building holistic support networks.  2019  Get Settled Status! – Brexit and EU Refugees

July 1st 2019 Summer Picnic, Yiewsley Home Group welcomes you to join them with friends and family for a relaxing lunch in the sun (bring an umbrella – picnic goes ahead whatever the weather!)  UB7

March 20th, 2019  Yiewsley Home Group “Communicate with Confidence with formal organisations”  a workshop for:
=Building your own skills and confidence so you have better communications with staff in formal organisation;
=Dealing with anxiety about talking to staff;
=Feeling positive and able to improve things for yourself and your neighbours and friends
Feel Empowered, Confident And ‘At Home’ In Yiewsley”

1st April 2019   The BIG morning of learning ENGLISH All morning 9.30 to 1.30

April 1st 2019, The Yiewsley Home Group invites everyone to a Community Lunch, at Yiewsley Methodist Halls – Upstairs (next to Wilkos)  Yiewsley  UB7 8ES  11.30 – 1.30 (funded by The People’s Health Trust).  Please ring 01895 441530.  This is a relaxed sociable lunch to welcome and meet people who live in Yiewsley and West Drayton and around the area, or who have moved here in recent years.

March 2019  (four days) – by Voluntary Action Harrow  Introductory Training for Community Interpreters

Jan 30th 2019 Networking Event – Refugees, Home, Homelessness, Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Afternoon:  Extended Campaign workshops

Jan 24th 2019  Yiewsley Home Group strategy and sustainability – partnership with REAP Joint Steering Group meeting.

Dec 2018 and Feb 2019 “Working with Asylum-Seekers and Refugees”
Introductory workshop for professionals who work in other fields
Next date to be confirmed, please email sarah@reap.org.uk for details
An interactive workshop for professionals who work in other fields (eg. Primary school staff, Job Coaches, Housing, Health and Social Workers, Volunteers and Community Workers)Oct 4th REAP Extraordinary General Meeting 3pm  Email sarah@reap.org.uk

Oct 4th REAP 2018 What Next for REAP?  2019 – 2022: 
Oct 4th REAP 2018 Evening Meal with invited Friends and Guests  

July 4th 2018, REAP’s Annual Refugee Networking Conference in West London and AGM, ‘Building New Lives – Refugees in West London’

Feb 22nd 2018 Workshop on Refugee Children and Young People
REAP supporting Refugee Council, Central London.  ezechias.ngendahayo@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Jan 24th, 2018, Refugees – Home, Homelessness Destitution and Survival
REAP and HEAR Collaboration – continuing the discussion and networking,
Please email Sarah@reap.org.uk to join the mailing list for future home and homelessness-related work and events.
Materials can be found in our Resources section.
Thanks to City Bridge, Trust for London for supporting HEAR’s work
Thanks to St Martin’s Frontline Workers Network for supporting this event

Language and Interpreting
Mental and Emotional Health and Refugee Access
Home, Homelessness, Destitution and Survival

Earlier Annual Conferences
Building New Lives – Refugees in West London
2017  ‘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

Refugee Council plus REAP Workshop for Refugee Organisations in London  Living with Mental Health: Refugee Equality and Access to Services
Refugee Women and Girls, Workshop for International Women’s Day
with HEAR Refugees – Home, Homelessness and Survival – Networking and Knowledge
hosted by HEAR, Support for Deaf Refugees ‘What REAP has Learned so Far…’ to be published on website soon
with HEAR Disabled Refugees: Equality Rights and Health & Social Care Entitlements,
Engaging and Communicating with Refugee and Migrant Families Training
with HEAR Disabled and in Exile – Being Excluded Twice  For write up See HEAREquality.org.uk .

REAP Recommended Resources 

Mapping and Directory: Support for Refugee Children & Young People in London
2016 Briefing from HEAR: Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Entitlements to Health and Social Care, and Disabled Refugees’ Rights/Access to Transport/Freedom Pass
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.

What is REAP?

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: