Supporting Refugee Community Organisations

Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) play a vital role in facilitating refugee integration. With funding from City Bridge Trust, Refugee Council’s Supporting RCOs project is helping RCOs to develop services that best meet the needs of their communities and make their voices heard.

The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the heart of London 

London Funders, with funding from City Bridge Trust, commissioned research into the support needs of London’s civil society, including London’s diverse voluntary and community sectors. The resulting report, Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London, proposes a vision and system that puts London’s communities at the heart of the way Civil Society works. The Supporting RCOs Project is designed to enable RCOs to shape the development and implementation of this vision.

This means we are helping RCOs to:

  • Gain a stronger voice to express and meet their needs
  • Access support to adapt, evolve and innovate in a more challenging funding environment to sustain their programme activities
  • Collaborate and share information, intelligence and best practice to address the issues facing refugee communities across London

Find out more about The Way Ahead here

Opportunities for RCOs

The Supporting RCOs project gives RCOs a range of ways to get ideas, assistance and resources.

Stay informed with the RCO Connect newsletter

Timely information is essential to the work of refugee community organisations. RCO Connect contains useful funding information, training and networking opportunities, consultations, campaigns and other opportunities to influence policy, strategic planning and services.

View the latest RCO Connect here

RCOs can also share their work and ideas with others in the sector by contributing an article.

Contact us to contribute an article for RCO Connect here

Free training and networking events to strengthen your organisation

We provide free organisational development training to RCOs. This includes fundraising and other forms of income generation, partnership development and collaboration, and measuring and demonstrating impact.

We also organise pan-London events to facilitate debate, share best practice and address common challenges. Involving refugees, RCO leaders, mainstream providers, policy makers and funders, they give RCOs the opportunity to contribute ideas on how best their needs can be met.

See upcoming training and events here

Designing and Testing a Refugee Integration Evaluation Tool – New Roots Project

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The Refugee Council is leading a major new Employment & Integration project called ‘New Roots’, providing services to newly recognised refugees struggling to rebuild their lives  in London, Leeds and Hull.

As part of this project, we would like to work with partners and Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) to develop a bespoke, beneficiary-led refugee integration evaluation tool which will enable refugees to track their own progress with the support of their advisers. 

RCOs  with extensive experience of working with newly recognised refugees, who can meet the eligibility criteria, and who want to take part in this project, are required to express their interest by completing an online expression of interest form  or by completing a printable copy of the form and sending it back to us. The deadline is 31 January 2019.                     

For more information, please download the information pack available here.

Assess the health of your organisation

The organisational self-assessment tool is a quality assurance resource for organisations that want to make sure that they are developing according to best practice. The tool is especially helpful for those that are developing or struggling to sustain their services in a more competitive and demanding funding environment. It also helps identify the best resources and support services available locally and London-wide.

The self-assessment tool is structured around standards in four quality areas:

  • Governance
  • Managing resources (Finance, Staff, Volunteers)
  • User Involvement, Equality and Diversity
  • Performance management

Download the tool here