Chris Leslie MP visits Hyson Green refugee project
Labour MP for Nottingham East, Chris Leslie visited a project working with asylum seekers and refugees in Hyson Green on Friday 26th July – to meet project workers and refugees – but also found out how the project is providing employment.
The Rainbow Project is based at The Vine, St Stephen with St Paul’s Church, and supports those seeking asylum in many different ways, including help with accommodation, employment, language and legal assistance, but according to Project Co-ordinator, Dianne Skerritt – who also works as Equality & Diversity Officer for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – it is doing more than that…
“We’ve had graduate volunteers mentoring refugees for some time now and it transpires that around 80% of them are getting into work – it’s great for their CV’s but the Jobcentre is now sending people to us! And the refugees who are in a transition period of settling into a community have all either found employment or are into education. Plus young mums have organised child care so they can attend classes such as deaf signing and creative writing.”