Mifriendly Cities focuses on the contribution of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers to the city’s civic, economic and social fabric; ensures that migrants are empowered to access their rights, reduce hostility and prejudice towards refugees and migrants and improve solidarity between migrant and non-migrant communities.
Wolverhampton, Coventry and Birmingham are delivering a number of innovative community-led projects to gain ‘Mifriendlly Cities’ status. Wolverhampton projects are detailed below. Mifriendly Cities recognises the valuable contribution refugees and migrants make to our communities and promotes integration, community cohesion and harmony.
(1) Share My Language: Integrating English learning
What is Share my Language?
Share My Language aims to make learning English an informal, social, everyday activity. This is achieved by creating new activities and by integrating English learning into existing city-led provisions.
In a Share My Language session, participants are given the opportunity to share something about their culture, reflecting the MiFriendly Cities ethos of encouraging refugees and migrants to get actively involved in their community.
Examples include sharing a rhyme in their native language, exchanging commonly spoken words in different languages, sharing poetry and varying concepts amongst different cultures. The ultimate aim of the project is to bring the host and migrant community closer and create community cohesion and harmony.
Adding this element of cultural exchange into sessions will increase social participation, help to bridge gaps between communities, give people the opportunity to express their feeling and develop new long-lasting friendships.
After the success of 'Share My Language Train the Trainer Session' we are now planning to give out small grants to local community groups.
If you work with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, whose first language is not English, then this grants scheme will be of interest to you.
Funding will help you deliver activities that teach English in a fun and friendly way; and enable those whose first language is not English to actively get involved in society and gain new skills.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
(2) Pop-up Furniture Factory
The pop-up furniture factory in Wolverhampton will give training opportunities to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. City of Wolverhampton Council have commissioned the pop-up furniture factory to African Caribbean Community Initiative working as part of a consortium with Right Track, Crafty Gardener and BME Housing.
Activities will take place across Wolverhampton in Blakenhall, Whitmore Reans and Heath Town up to February 2021. Participants will be trained in recycling and restoring furniture, painting, decorating and DIY to deliver home makeovers and run repair cafes to encourage self-repair and upcycling.
For further information and live updates, please register your interest by contacting:
Tel. Office: 01902 555606
(3) Community Health Champions
- Are you a migrant or an asylum seeker or work with people from diverse backgrounds?
- Live in Wolverhampton or the neighbouring boroughs?
- Would like to gain skills and knowledge to support your community to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing?