SLRA works to build community, challenge exclusion, influence policies that impact the lives of those we work with and to improve services.
Our community connections programme aims to empower migrants and refugees to have their voices heard and become active community members. We believe that the people we work with have a huge amount to contribute to British society and want to open up spaces for them to do so. This involves supporting volunteers with lived experience of migration to share valuable knowledge and experience as well as gain transferable skills.
We run a weekly women’s group and peer-support sessions for women to come together to exchange and reflect on their experiences and work together towards social justice and positive change. Our peer-support group is currently working on the topic of ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and the harmful effects it has on migrant families.
Other projects within Community Connections are a therapeutic men’s group, our kids parties, our ESOL classes and support volunteers, as well as our youth participation group.
“What I want for the future is to make a change where I can and try and be a support for others who are going through difficult times.”