13th December 2016
The Refugee Migrant Centre: Guardian Charity Awards Winner 2016
The Refugee and Migrant Centre offers a range of help to asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants in the Black Country – including accommodation, immigration and health advice, education, training and employment.
Now, thanks to its charity award, it will also be able to address mental health issues among traumatised asylum seekers. “For a long time we’ve identified this dire, unmet need,” says Heather Thomas, the organisation’s head of new projects. “Many of our asylum-seeking clients experience low-level mental health issues at least, because of the experiences in their home country that made them leave, as well as the journey here and then their experiences since arriving.
“People are suffering from sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, low moods. The need is probably bigger than any other health issues we’re addressing.”
Such clients aren’t able to get mental health support via mainstream routes because of wider issues impacting on their mental health – things like their legal status, accommodation and financial security – are largely unresolved. The centre, based in Wolverhampton, will use its prize money to pilot a six-week course teaching exercises to help manage stress and low mood, and hopes health service funders will support its continuation.
The judges were impressed by the depth and breadth of its impact, highlighting “a combination of solid support and innovation” and adding: “They are aspirational in what they do.”
Interviews by Rachel Williams The Guardian
The Refugee and Migrant Centre welcomes our new team members, Building Better Opportunities Manager Steven Bayliss, Volunteer Manager Sarah Marshall and Head of Operations Satvinder Goraya
4th July 2016
RMC in Birmingham
The Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC) opened offices in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on the 4th July 2016.
RMC will always prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable and we hope to provide a comprehensive service in Birmingham offering professional, timely advice to a wide and inclusive client group, including: asylum seekers, refugees, EU and other vulnerable migrants. Beneficiaries will access free, seamless, wrap around expert advice and support at crucial times in their lives. Priority will be given to the areas of immigration, housing and destitution, welfare issues, health and education. At times of high need we may need to prioritise the neediest cases.
RMC very much look forward to working with friends and partners, old and new in Birmingham and to complementing each other’s work in order to effectively and efficiently address the needs of the most vulnerable individuals amongst new and emerging communities.
We are very grateful to Barrow Cadbury Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Tudor Trust for funding this initiative and we look forward to continuing our valued relationship with them on this new venture.
The Birmingham Office is open:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am - 1pm (drop-in service)
2pm – 5pm (appointments only)
To contact our service provision in Birmingham:
RMC Birmingham, Unit 2, 57 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham,
B1 3HS - Phone: 0121 374 0140, www.rmcentre.org.uk
26th April 2016
The Refugee Migrant Centre, Screening for Latent TB Infection in the Refugee and Migrant population. The South Staffordshire Medical Foundation Clinical Award Winner 2016
Our Latent TB clinic was recognised by South Staffordshire Medical Foundation Trust (SSMF) earlier in the year. They made an award to the team to recognise and reward excellent clinical practice and research.
The project was described as: ‘A prime example of collaboration between Public Health, the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust TB Team, The Refugee & Migrant Centre and a private provider. This pilot service demonstrated that it is possible to provide access to health care for a population that might not otherwise receive it and by screening a high risk cohort an excellent diagnostic yield was obtained.’
7th August 2014
Big Lottery Funding will Benefit Wolverhampton
The Big Lottery have awarded RMC a third substantial grant from its ‘Reaching Communities’ fund. Founded in 1999 and now situated in Waterloo Rd., the Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC), works with members of new migrant communities to support them in settling successfully into their local neighbourhoods.
‘At a time when sadly many similar organisations have collapsed due to cuts in funding, this grant means that Wolverhampton can continue to benefit from both the work RMC does with some of the city’s most vulnerable residents and from the securing of more jobs for Wolverhampton people’, said RMC CEO Arten Llazari, ‘We are hugely grateful for this recognition once again of the work we have done over the past fourteen years and for Big Lottery’s trust in us to continue to meet the needs of our clients, local communities and Wolverhampton as a whole.’ RMC qualified caseworkers and about one hundred volunteers a year provide free support and advice to members of new arrival communities in Wolverhampton and the Black Country. The service is delivered in up to thirty different client languages. The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 they have awarded close to £6bn.
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