Moving on support
Urban is our ‘moving on’ project for our guests who have passed the crisis point in their lives. Through classes, short-courses and goal-setting, guests can discover and develop their skills, grow in confidence and move forwards, for example into paid work, voluntary opportunities or college. In 2019, 28 of our guests got into paid employment.
During the pandemic guests were keen to continue their development – and our project team found themselves delivering guitars, gardening books, art supplies and dumbbells along with the food parcels.
As an organisation, we seek to respond to the needs of vulnerable people in our city regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural heritage, sexuality or gender. This diversity has enriched our community, but we recognise that many of our international guests will have nuanced and specific support needs, which our Internationals Team work to address. These new Glaswegians are made up of those with no recourse to public funds, those who are stateless, asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and many others.
As a Home Office designated “dispersal city” Glasgow is now home to many vulnerable people seeking asylum in the UK. We journey with guests as they navigate the often confusing and lengthy process of claiming asylum. We recognise that community and connection can be essential and transformative, and we strive to create a culture where our guests in the asylum process can support one another. As well as providing opportunities for English language, volunteering, skills development and cultural integration, we also partner with specialist organisations to ensure the needs of our guests are met.
After a successful claim for asylum, new refugees encounter a daunting array of next steps. These can range from accessing permanent housing, accessing rights and seeking work, and generally navigating life in Glasgow. We offer support and advice during this time on a one-to-one basis.
More recently, there have been many changes to UK immigration law as a result of Brexit which impact the EEA nationals in our community. It is a challenging time for migrants and migrant workers, and we anticipate an increase in the numbers of people left destitute by these changes. Our team continue to work with other agencies in the city, to ensure positive outcomes for these guests.
Our internship scheme is for our guests who have demonstrated that they are ready to be given more responsibility and enables them to get paid work with us along with an SVQ in social or child care.
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