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This WW4RI project will support 580 refugees across the East of England to obtain a demand-led combination of wellbeing support and activities which move them nearer to the job market until the end of the project in December 2022. The project is based on the principle that being well enough to be economically active is the most significant step towards becoming integrated in society. With no current regional infrastructure to support refugee integration, the project prioritises local engagement by partners, stakeholders and employers in support of individual refugee needs and skills, fostering best practice exchanges and networks, and resulting in apprenticeships, work placements and better employment opportunities.

The project consists of three strands:

Wellbeing/mental health support,

– A network of employment advisers and skills assessors and

– Specialist ESOL and skills courses

The Refugee Council is one of the lead organisations in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. Our operational teams based in various locations in England provide advice and assistance across a wide range of issues, working with individuals, families and children to increase their resilience, build their confidence & aspiration and access key services such as housing, welfare benefits, health, education and employment.

Our therapeutic team are leading on the Wellbeing strand of the WW4RI project, providing one-to-one psychological therapies and group therapy interventions to refugees who present with mental distress. The team has developed a Therapeutic Care Model, adapted within regional settings to address the needs of refugees and children and adults seeking asylum. This psychosocial model is designed to support clients to create new connections within and without the therapy room, improve day to day functioning and empower them to self-advocate.

The Refugee Council recognises the importance of sustainable support and, as a way of ensuring a lasting legacy of this time-limited project, we are looking to subcontract a Therapeutic Community programme to be established with local actors in Colchester.

This is an exciting opportunity to apply existing knowledge and expertise to the field of refugee mental health within a local setting, exploring ways of connecting local partners to empower refugee populations and foster exchange of support and learning.

This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.