COVID-19 Emergency Response Funding

Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with the National Lottery Communities Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. They have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.(see further information and eligibility criteria here). This opportunity is available to registered charities or not for profit organisations in England with an income of between £10,000 and £1 … Read More

Refugee Employment Network (REN) Annual Summit (10th September, 2020)-Now Online

The REN Annual Summit was held on the 10th of September 2020 via Zoom webinar. We were delighted to see more than 100 people attend the Summit representing a significant number of NGOs and local authorities from all over the country. The REN Annual Summit focused on commitments to including refugees in the labour market recovery.  We discussed a range of options that REN’s members can be involved in, which includes courses with the Open University and the DWP’s Sector … Read More

Migrant Information Service (MIS) on Covid-19

IOM has set up a Migrant Information Service (MIS) on Covid-19 which has now been fully launched. The COVID19 pandemic, and the various measures the government has taken to combat it, has changed almost every aspect of life for people living in the UK, including the country’s diverse migrant community. Yet for various reasons migrants’ livelihoods are often at greater risk. IOM UK has designed a Covid-19 Migrant Information Service to provide extra support to migrants in the challenging context of the … Read More

Case Study: Transitions

Transitions is a social enterprise working in London that supports civil, electrical, mechanical and structural engineers, architects and business services professionals from refugee backgrounds to restart their interrupted careers and gain permanent employment. Transitions is a member with the Refugee Employment Network (REN) and together they aspire to increase the hiring success rates of professional candidates and employers. I was a successful graphic and web designer and entrepreneur in Egypt, but I was forced to leave by national unrest. I … Read More

Case Study: World Jewish Relief

World Jewish Relief is the Refugee Employment Network (REN) governance and one of its very first members. World Jewish Relief launched its programme The Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP) in 2016 to assist Syrian refugees arriving in the UK as part of the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. The project focuses on ensuring refugees have the requisite language and relevant qualifications to get into work, with each person being assigned an employment manager who guides them through the process … Read More