North West Migrants Forum

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march, 2021

Due to current Coronavirus Covid 19 Restrictions by the Northern Ireland Executive our office and centre is CLOSED. Our events will be conducted online via Zoom
Please get in touch to register your interest and get involved – Thanks!

The coronavirus global pandemic, and the necessary response to it moved us into a world of unchartered waters-one that none of us have ever experienced before.
This meant rethinking our project delivery methods, creating innovative ways to stay connected and maintain active participation throughout the pandemic.
This year, most of our projects will be delivered online others may be delivered in person with strict Covid-19 guidelines in place to ensure the safety of all staff, volunteers and project participants.
Projects will be delivered weekly from September 2020 onwards. A full timetable of each project including dates, times and locations will be provided to you upon your sign up.

This project will aim to support BME people and enable them to represent themselves in all aspects of public life here in Northern Ireland, including actively engaging in policy development. Working closely with NWMF staff, members, service users, and volunteers participants will be equipped with the tools and skills – such as public speaking, communications, and team work – necessary to work together towards racial equality. 

Related to this project, we also offer free and confidential immigration information advice and support (this includes information on European Union Settlement Scheme).

Project objectives:

  • Promote physical and mental wellbeing 
  • Maintain connections between migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and traditional communities
  • Build capacity and increase representation

Project activities:

  • English language lessons
  • Friendly Faces Club
  • Family fun days 
  • Immigration information, support and advice 
  • Intercultural Youth Intervention programmes (Youth Culture Club)
  • Race, Equality and Power’ workshops 

When someone originally from another country is now legally a resident in Northern Ireland, they are defined as a ‘non-CTA citizen’. This means that they could potentially be committing an immigration offence by crossing the boarder into the Republic of Ireland for any reason at all, including attending sporting events, school trips or shopping. This policy impacts refugees and migrants greatly and with this project we want to challenge the exclusion faced by ‘non-CTA citizens’ and we want to help them to campaign for their rights to freedom of movement and the ability to work, study, and live across the border.

Project objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the CTA and it’s issues/restrictions
  • Develop skills required to advocate, mobilise, and campaign for change (ages 13-24)
  • Build confidence, create relationships and promote effective activism (ages 13-24)
  • Work towards legally changing racially discriminatory policies
  • Extend the benefits of the CTA to ‘non-CTA citizens’

Project activities:

  • Campaigning/ advocacy skills workshops on developing strategies and building alliances
  • Awareness raising initiatives
  • Residential ‘Summer School’
  • Engagement with the policy process and legal issues surrounding the CTA
  • Campaigning for policy change and engaging in relevant debates and advocacy conversations with policymakers

This project will create opportunities for BME people to get involved with new forms of inclusive, participatory politics. It will enable people from traditional communities to work with us to raise awareness about racial equality policies and to campaign for change. Linked to our Inter Community Practice project, one of the areas for change is the expansion of the Common Travel Area (CTA) Agreement, which currently restricts the movement of people from non-European countries who reside both sides of the border in Ireland.
The project is for adults who want to campaign for change, develop campaigning and advocacy skills and to work with all sectors of the community as part of our active citizens group that will spearhead the campaign.

Project objectives:

  • Support people from all backgrounds to work together
  • Help participants develop the skills and confidence to campaign for change.
  • To push for greater accountability of those in power
  • Campaign for equality and human rights
    Highlight the restrictions and challenges faced by migrants and refugees in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Project activities:

  • Skills workshops on developing campaign strategies and building alliances
  • Awareness-raising initiatives
  • Engagement with the policy process and legal issues surrounding the CTA
  • Residential ‘Summer school’
  • Campaigning for policy change and engaging in relevant debates and advocacy conversations with policy makers

NWMF firmly believes that a shared future for Northern Ireland can only be achieved once people and communities engage in dialogue and reimagine a united community where all traditions and cultures are valued, respected and celebrated.
This project seeks to do just that by engaging people and communities in dialogue that will promote and value cultural diversity, respect, and the acceptance of differences. It will seek ways in which people can be responsible and engaged citizens within their own communities.

Project objectives:

  • To create a safe community for all
  • Create conversations about respecting identity and culture for all age groups
  • Reduce the prevalence of hate crime and intimidation

Project activities:

  • Active Citizens Leadership Skills Training
  • Community Intercultural Outreach Initiative
  • Culture and Peace Summit

At NWMF, we know the importance of looking after your mental health. We also know that mental health of BME people can often be overlooked due to the many practical, social, emotional and psychological challenges they frequently face whilst trying to fit in to their new environment. In order to combat feelings of exclusion, which can often be caused by social isolation, institutional racism and a lack of access to suitable employment, we try to help our service users to integrate. Through this project we will promote physical and mental wellbeing by organising healthy recipe exchanges, group walks, family fun days, dance challenges and more.

We also want to provide participants with the opportunity to have their voices heard in their new community. All of this together is why we believe it is essential to create both a virtual and in-person community where our service users can feel a sense of belonging.

Project objectives:

  • Promote positive mental and physical health and wellbeing for BME people
  • Facilitate a welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds to learn to work together effectively
  • To increase knowledge and awareness of participants own mental health and that of others around them
  • Provide Assist training on mental health and suicide prevention; safe talk with cultural awareness; and building resilience

Project activities:

  • Mindfulness workshops to promote mental health
  • Workshops on suicide prevention and first aid-Cultural awareness training
  • ‘Catch up’ coffee mornings/evenings, online and in person
  • Outdoor health and wellbeing activities
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