About REAP

January 2019  –  March 2019

Current English List of Community English Groups near Hillingdon and Southall, updated 17th Oct 2018
English groups restarting January 2019
       from Monday 7th January – morning, then every Monday morning in school term time:  ‘At Home in English’ Basic group      ‘At Home in English Intermediate English
      from Thursday 10th January – morning, then every Thursday morning in school term time: REAP/Healthwatch Group 10-12, at Healthwatch, Pavillions Shopping Centre, Uxbridge

For other groups in the area, please look at the list of ‘Community English Groups’ in the link above.

January 11th Friday 2019  Community English group leaders and volunteers network meeting, volunteers, new trainees, staff and trainers welcome.

January 24th 2019REAP MEMBERS ONLY   REAP Members Strategic View for the next 5 years – Second and final workshop.   Plus meal and social event.   Also on 24th January, Yiewsley Home Group strategy and sustainability – partnership with REAP Joint Steering Group meeting.

January 30th Wednesday 2019  Networking Event – Refugees, Home, Homelessness, Mental Health and Wellbeing.   All day:  To book email sarah@reap.org.uk
Morning:     9.30 – 1.00 Network event:
Afternoon:  1.00 – 3.00/3.30  Extended Campaign workshops *See below
Thanks!! to the Frontline Network for their support and funding towards running this workshop.  Stalls are available at £10 (small org)  £25 (larger org) – donations are very welcome to help us continue this very practical set of networking events and mailings.
*PM Workshops:
  Recent campaigning in West London to improve commissioning and services for BAMER people with mental health support needs:  HEAR Human Rights and Equality network, Race on the Agenda and partners including CAIA, Tamil Community Centre, Council of Somali Organisations, will be hosting an event in the afternoon following REAP’s conference.  We will feedback and build on recent campaigning in West London to improve commissioning and services for BAMER people with mental health support needs.  Join us to learn about the #HardlyHardToReach campaign, and help plan future goals, activities and actions. For more information on this campaign and on the PM workshop please email mhairi@reap.org.uk

February 4th Monday 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.

February 5th Tuesday 2019,  Yiewsley UB7 to be confirmed  Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees – an interactive workshop for people who find themselves working with refugees.  The workshop costs about £25 per person to run.  Due to generous donations, we are able to offer places FREE to REAP Members, Yiewsley Home Group members, residents of UB7 and some volunteers from other areas.    Unfortunately we don’t have other funding for these workshops at present, so we have to ask paid staff to contribution £25 per person to keep the workshops running.  If £25 is a problem and might mean you don’t think you can come to the workshop, please contact us, (invoices/receipts available).  (Repeats a workshop that ran in Dec 2018.)

March 4th Monday   Community Lunch

March 2019  (four days) – by Voluntary Action Harrow  Introductory Training for Community Interpreters starts.  Email interpreting@reap.org.uk  to be put in contact with their booking team.

July 4th 2019, REAP’s Annual Refugee Networking Conference in West London and AGM, details to follow


Recent events

Oct 4th REAP Extraordinary General Meeting 3pm  Email sarah@reap.org.uk

Oct 4th REAP What Next for REAP?  2019 – 2022:  4pm  REAP strategic discussions   Email sarah@reap.org.uk

Oct 4th REAP Evening Meal with invited Friends and Guests  5.30 onwards.   Email sarah@reap.org.uk

July 4th 2018, REAP’s Annual Refugee Networking Conference in West London and AGM, ‘Building New Lives – Refugees in West London’
Hayes UB3  Venue and travel details

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

March 16th and 23rd – Introductory Training for Community Interpreters
2 full days – Workshop course £50  / £30  / £15    interpreting@reap.org.uk

Wednesday 24th January, 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

“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 Introductory workshop for professionals who work in other fields (eg. Primary school staff, Job Coaches, Housing, Health and Social Workers, Volunteers and Community Workers)

Thanks to Everyone for your involvement and support for our ‘What is “Refuge”?’ Refugee Networking Conference July 2017   
We are now planning our next refugee networking conference on 4th July 2018.
It will continue to build on themes that came out of the conference such as
– What is “Refuge” and do people find it in West London?
Language and Interpreting
Mental and Emotional Health and Refugee Access
Home, Homelessness, Destitution and Survival
– Guidance on Community Care Assessments (by MTG Solicitors)

REAP Recommended Resources and Recent 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 .

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:

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.