What’s on at REAP May – July 2022
Our office is now open most of the week (Closed on Friday/Sat/Sun. Open until 3pm on Mon-Thurs but please always ring first).
English groups and volunteers: We have re-started face to face activities for English (English@reap.org.uk). Training volunteers to lead ‘English Seed Groups’ for practicing speaking English, using our English Seed Pack (English@reap.org.uk).
Employment (EQUIP programme (Rachaporn@reap.org.uk) Next deadline for applications Friday 27th May, next introductory workshop 7th June.
Community research ‘Speakers Project’ into the experiences of people who don’t speak English (Sarah@reap.org.uk), Reports from earlier work are on this website. Current topic on access to primary health care ends May 31st, look out for news and lessons learned. We will continue ‘Speakers’ work for other topics starting in September.
Improving Mental Health support for AS&R: next zoom Wed 15th June TBC. If you are interested in the ‘What needs to Happen Next?’ report or our work to network VCS and NHS and others to improve mental health support for asylum seekers in hotels email email@example.com click here for LIST OF ORGANISATIONS AND SERVICES 12/11/21
‘Representing REAP’ training workshop for REAP Members 21st June firstname.lastname@example.org
REAP’s Annual Refugee Networking Conference July: We are also delighted to announce the confirmed date for our ‘Annual’ Conference this year is 13th July, in Hayes UB3 (Sarah@reap.org.uk). Details and programme to follow.
We are pleased to be involved with Thrive and GLA to design and prepare training for VCS and other organisations to increase support for people arriving from Hong Kong. Email email@example.com.
Community Interpreters – voluntary and professional/paid; Pathways into Interpreting – Interpreting Organisations’ network; 4 workshop Introduction to Community Interpreters training (next course October). firstname.lastname@example.org
Interpreters and Connectors:
Do you need a L3 qualified DBS-checked Community Interpreter (Spoken work only) in Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Bangla, Polish or another language? (Wage and booking fee payable.)
Can a new or trainee/voluntary community interpreter help you in the right situation, where they can also get experience? (Expenses and a reduced booking fee may be payable.)
Would your work be facilitated by experienced involving bi-lingual ‘Connectors’ for community outreach in several languages, surveys, community research, information sessions etc.?
Training and preparing for ‘Connecting’ work? See ‘EQUIP Yourself’ below.
Details and rates including volunteer options Community Interpreting at REAP or email Interpreting@REAP.org.uk
Interpreting Training : 4 Workshop course, Introduction to Community Interpreting starts 2nd March 2022. Free for asylum-seekers, £30 or £15 if on Benefits/Pension. Email email@example.com
A half day “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. Next date 22nd February 2022. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Would your organisation/charity want to run your own ‘Interpreting Taster’ Sessions to help refugees think about training for work in community interpreting? email email@example.com for information about packs, hints and trainers notes.
‘Training of Trainers for Community Interpreting – Workshop in Feb 2022, date to be decided.
‘EQUIP Yourself for Community Connecting’ Thinking about a job to support your community? : If you are unemployed or economically inactive REAP has a 4 month, free training, coaching and support programme to help you get the skills, experience and confidence to start doing Community Connecting work – serving your community through better communications, information, research and surveys, getting people’s voices heard and improving respect and relationships between local people and large, formal organisations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Next ‘Building Connectors’ course starts in April, monthly enrollment dates.
English, face to face groups are now running again (Jan 2022). please ring or email us for news.
Online English groups. Please email English@reap.org.uk but REAP is not doing online English any more.
‘Speakers’ Reports on people’s experiences of ‘Interpreting and Access to GPs‘ and ‘Access to Formal ESOL‘: final reports from REAP’s GLA-funded ‘Speakers and Connectors’ Project. About the ‘Speakers and Connectors’ project – how it worked.
English groups by other organisations: Community groups list.
We will put up a new list of community English groups when we have news but in the meantime please contact ELATT, Action West London and ESOL at Uxbridge College and Hillingdon Adult Learning directly for English courses in West London.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 4th 2018, REAP’s Annual Refugee Networking Conference in West London and AGM, ‘Building New Lives – Refugees in West London’
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
Earlier Annual Conferences
2018 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.
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
Connector training and activities
Refugees for Equality: Eg. ‘Refugees, Equality and Public Sector Duties’
Training, Networking, Publications and Resources: Eg.‘Working with Asylum-Seekers and Refugees’ (for professionals);