Blog Post 7: Migration Multi-Agency Event – 06/09/2023
By Ash Eloise O’Brien, Communications and Social Media Intern at Migrant Action
Student interns are integral to our team and make a significant contribution to its work. Although their work is mostly remote, it is essential, where possible, that they have a direct experience of Migrant Action’s work by familiarising themselves with migration issues in the field. Recently, we attended a migration multi-agency event in Barnsley, organised by the Migration Partnership Barnsley and co-coordinated by Migrant Action. The multi-agency drop-in provides holistic support for vulnerable migrants in Barnsley. This service fills a vital gap in provisions for vulnerable migrants who exist at the edges of society and struggle to access mainstream services.
Mental Health and Migration
The themes of the event were mental health and community resilience, focusing on how we can best support migrant communities and improve accessibility to mental health services for all.
Each group was tasked with answering some questions on the services in our area, beginning by naming what is available and then discussing the gaps in provisions and the main difficulties found by staff working with migrants struggling with mental health issues.
Some issues in particular stood out to us, for instance, challenges with translation. This includes inconsistency in translators being present to enable migrants to communicate with medical professionals. There were also dialect complications, and issues with the presumption that a client was struggling with English when the issue was mental health-based, such as dementia. Also mentioned was the assumption that migrants who had lived in the UK for an extended period would see their English proficiency improve over time, which we know to be untrue unless migrants are provided with opportunities to study and learn the English language.
Naturally, migrants also struggle with the stigma surrounding mental health, as any person would, as well as the lengthy waiting lists, specific criteria for diagnosis, lack of communication between services, and shortened duration of support with little or no follow-up. Another interesting point was the option to travel home for health services, which for many migrants is cheaper and quicker. Some organisations and health professionals are working to ensure this is no longer the case, as consistent and accessible procedures should be available to migrants in the UK.
Mayor James Michael Stowe of Barnsley attended the event, speaking on the chosen theme for his mayoral year, ‘Inclusive Communities’, which resonates with the overarching theme of the event and Migrant Action’s social and migrant justice aims. He discussed the importance of raising awareness of the opportunities and support the council can offer and highlighting what support projects and initiatives the voluntary, community and charitable sector deliver to support all aspects of inclusivity.
We then heard from two incredible migrant clients, who both struggled with mental health after arriving in the UK and eventually found support through charitable organisations. One migrant originally from Madrid, Spain, spoke about their mental health issues while in Spain and once they moved to the UK. They believe that two of the most important aspects of support are normalisation, creating a destigmatised, safe environment for individuals to speak up about their struggles, and easily accessible support for all, found through counselling or workshop services, which they found to be beneficial. Their key messages were that things are changing for the better, but there is still much more work to be done and that empathy from doctors and service providers is lacking in some places.
The next client, from El Salvador, spoke next, describing their mental health journey in the UK and how the barriers created by various public services were frustrating. Family Lives was able to help them with appointments and medications. However, unfortunately mental health issues can be highly complicated, resulting in the need to trial various methods before finding what truly works. Thankfully, the two clients are both in much better places with their mental health now because of the support provided by remarkable organisations like Family Lives. However, many migrants continue to struggle each day, and it was integral to each discussion held at this event that our collective goal was to leave nobody behind, feeling lost and unable to access help and support.
A central aim of our network is to provide accurate signposting for each client, connecting them with the service they need. As there are often a few different options for those struggling with mental health, it is vital that migrants are accompanied through the process of finding help. A degree of ‘hand-holding’ throughout this journey can ensure that somebody feels safe, secure and protected. Once individuals have made that first huge step in seeking help, a mental health service should provide them with the best expertise and support possible through personalised, sympathetic advocacy. Building trust and confidence between clients and workers is an essential aspect of these services, and ensuring some level of consistency, where we can, throughout the process. Moreover, no client should feel unsatisfied with the duration of support provided at the perceived end of their journey; engaging properly with follow-up processes is as crucial a part as any.
At Migrant Action, we believe that migrant-designed, migrant-led, and migrant-focused services are best equipped to help migrants through mental health difficulties. Lived experience gives workers and volunteers the best chance of truly understanding their struggles and forming client connections. This experience must exist at all levels so that decision-makers are well-informed and can approach issues with understanding and compassion. Awareness is fundamental, as is the adaptability of a service to provide that personalised level of support mentioned previously.
The work carried out by organisations at this event is exceptional, and we found it inspiring to hear from so many passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping those in need. However, as detailed here, there is much work to be done. We look forward to continuing these discussions and connecting with other organisations to come together and provide our best support.
Blog post 6: Supporting Migrants to Rebuild Their Lives in Goldthorpe, Rotherham
By Fidelis Chebe, Chief Executive at Migrant Action
Moving to and settling in a new culture and society is daunting particularly when people have faced traumatic experiences during their journeys. Whilst in the UK, these ‘traumas’ are often made worse by challenges in accessing vital services, isolation, communication, poor knowledge of services, no recourse to public funds, etc. Against the backdrop of an increasing hostile migration environment and cost of living crisis, these challenges create conditions which exacerbate vulnerability and undermine effective integration, cohesion, and migrant justice.
A new Migrant Support Service
In response, Migrant Action, and The Salvation Army, Goldthorpe have established a new partnership to ensure new and vulnerable migrants feel welcome and supported to integrate effectively and rebuild their lives in Rotherham- Yorkshire.
Through the partnership, Migrant Action will run an advice and advocacy service at the Community Drop-in, Salvation Army Community Centre, Straight Lane, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9DW. Support at the drop-in will include but not limited to; advice, information and guidance, practical assistance with issues relating to housing, employment, healthcare, education, access to immigration advice and destitution support. Also, migrants will be offered advocacy support to ensure positive pathways and equity of access to mainstream provision while redressing systemic injustices.
Migrant Justice Partnership
Migrant Action is excited about the new partnership that will enable migrants feel more welcome and hopeful to rebuild their lives and thrive as part of the local community. Working closely with our amazing friends of the Salvation Army centre (Alison and Jackie) would ensure Migrant Action actualise migrant and social justice through its service provision and relationships with communities and local agencies.
Alison, Jackie and everyone at the community drop-in have been wonderful in welcoming Migrant Action and we are deeply grateful. We look forward to working together to better serve the most vulnerable in the community including migrants.
The new partnership aligns with our core values; welcome, collaboration, transformation, equity, and community resilience.
Blog post 5: ‘Stop The Boats’ – protecting borders or protecting lives?
By Mia Kinsey, Student Intern at Migrant Action
Earlier this year, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson prioritized stopping the arrival of migrants on boats, promising the British people that this will be one of his main goals. To honor this pledge, the proposed legislation introduced by Rishi Sunak known as ‘Stop the Boats’ or Illegal Migration Bill aims to eliminate the use of unlawful entry as a means to seek asylum within the country. As the government tightens border security, the debate surrounding the ethics of stopping the boats has intensified. The UK’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman stated, ‘if you enter Britain illegally you will be detained and swiftly removed’ (AP News, 2023). This article explores the ethical implications of turning away individuals seeking asylum and new for rebuilding their lives, highlighting the impact on public perception, mental health of migrants, and the hardships faced by those struggling to remain in a safe haven.
This article by AP News questions the ethics of the Illegal Migration Bill, suggesting that the plan is inhumane and unfair: https://apnews.com/article/english-channel-migrants-boats-uk-deportation-9722a79fc756fc93f62be6309ffd7068#:~:text=More%20than%2045%2C000%20people%20arrived,without%20the%20right%20to%20work.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated that the Illegal Migration Bill ‘would be a clear breach of the Refugee Convention’: https://www.unhcr.org/uk/what-we-do/uk-asylum-and-policy/uk-asylum-and-policy-and-illegal-migration-bill
STATE HOSILITY AND RACIALISED MIGRATION.
The surge in border security measures has inadvertently contributed to a negative perspective of migrants among the general public. Such policies can reinforce stereotypes and create an environment that fosters discrimination and racism. By associating unauthorised entry with criminality, migrants are often unfairly stigmatised, further marginalising already vulnerable individuals. This perpetuation of negative narrative undermines the principles of compassion and empathy that should guide our response to those in need. It is crucial to reiterate that migration brings significant economic and social benefits. The NHS and social care sectors, for example, heavily rely on the contributions of migrant labour. Over the past decade, approximately half of the increase in the health and social care workforce can be attributed to individuals who were born outside of the UK (ias, n.d.). This highlights the invaluable role migrants play in sustaining essential services. By recognising the positive impact of migration, we can challenge misconceptions and promote a more inclusive environment in the UK.
‘Correcting media myths about refugees and migrants’, this article debunks many of the problematic misconceptions that are constructed through the media and migration policy that criminalises refugees and migrants: https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/correcting-media-myths-about-refugees-and-migrants?TSPD_101_R0=080713870fab2000c3fe060d73855faf96b34404bd6b37f38c5d9c9e5fe64347745a0ed3e9a339ff0884ccea04143000fccaac8eaa48227f34daaf643b7433cd09c6f3f02ec7617751f6c71bf7b36192a6544fd853c8373bb1d138a18282397a
For information on how migrants continue to support the NHS, visit this website article: https://total.law/blog/history-of-overseas-workers-in-the-nhs/
MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS AND HARDSHIP.
For migrants seeking asylum, the journey itself is often marked by trauma and peril. The tightening of border security exacerbates their vulnerability and increases psychological distress. Being turned away or facing lengthy processing periods can compound existing mental health issues and lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair. The lack of adequate support and resources for these individuals further deepens their hardship, prolonging their suffering and inhibiting their ability to rebuild their lives. The choice of emotive language, such as the phrase ‘stop the boats’, used to refer to the proposed legislation, perpetuates a sense of fight and opposition surrounding migration. Ironically, this language echoes the hostility and trauma that many migrants are escaping. It creates a stark contrast between the expectation of finding sanctuary, kindness, compassion, and hope, and the reality of encountering hostility. The damaging nature of such wording goes beyond its symbolic impact. It shapes public perception and influences policy discourse, often framing migrants as a threat or burden rather than as individuals in need of protection. This not only adds to the challenges migrants face but also undermines the principles of empathy and compassion that should guide our response to their plight.
This article explains how the introduction of the Illegal Migration Bill will ‘traumatise ‘ refugees and asylum seekers: https://www.bigissue.com/news/social-justice/illegal-migration-bill-damage-mental-health-asylum-seekers/
For some more information on the mental health of migrants and refugees, consult this research paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168672/
THE STRUGGLE OF THOSE WHO ARRIVE ON BOATS.
Even for those who manage to reach their destination through irregular means, the battle is far from over. Individuals who arrive on boats face numerous challenges in establishing their status and accessing necessary services. The fear of deportation looms over them, particularly with recent talk of implementing the Rwanda Plan, preventing them from fully integrating into society and hindering their ability to build stable lives. This precarious existence often leaves them susceptible to exploitation and further marginalisation.
British Red Cross and Refugee Council express concern about the heightened risks of poverty and exploitation faced by those migrants and refugees who are undocumented: https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/news-and-media/media-centre/press-releases/fears-of-deportation-put-asylum-seekers-at-risk
This article tells the story of a 16-year old Sudanese refugee who fears deportation during her GCSE studies: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/teen-faces-deportation-to-sudan-ann-bashir-gcses-180238737.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAADhNigAufx4JQ6W92kGuUFFCn0xzyv-RuktUZST5kVCD59oKP016QCZzzwhmgegnbcSF9gM2pCJ3DRqIVSGwj0akNbN2vdL4dzSNeo3ToE91CEvaLQ1BOfRksxQAVHbe1I–N1bNInvUPfh2JXraf6Ez7RLB3_DMFzCvgqUtp0Ng
WHAT ARE WE AT MIGRANT ACTION DOING TO COMBAT THIS ISSUE?
- Providing direct support by offering essential support services to migrants, including legal advice, advocacy, and assistance in accessing healthcare, housing, and education.
- Facilitating integration programs and initiatives that foster understanding, cultural exchange, and social inclusion between migrant communities and local residents.
- Raising awareness of the challenges faced by migrants, subverting negative narratives through providing information and promoting community engagement.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Raising awareness and taking action are crucial steps towards creating a more inclusive and compassionate society. Here are a few ways you can contribute to supporting those in need and advocating for change:
- Educate yourself and others: stay informed about migration issues, challenge misconceptions, and engage in constructive conversations with friends, family, and colleagues. Share accurate information to counter negative narratives.
- Support migrant charities: contribute your time, resources, or donations to organisations working directly with migrants. You can find our donation button at the top of our front page!
- Engage with local communities: foster understanding and solidarity by engaging with migrant communities in your area. Attend cultural events, build connections, and promote inclusivity and acceptance.
- Contact your representatives: write letters or emails to your elected officials, expressing concerns about the impact of border tightening measures and advocating for policies that prioritise compassion and the protection of human rights.
The ethical dilemma surrounding turning away individuals seeking asylum requires our collective attention and action. By challenging negative perceptions, addressing mental health needs, and supporting those who have arrived on boats, we can strive for a more just and humane approach. Together, we can build a society that embraces compassion and empathy, standing up for the rights and well-being of those in desperate need of refuge.
Blog post 4: ‘Navigating the cost of living crisis’ – a local response from the Barnsley Migration Partnership
By Mia Kinsey, Student Intern at Migrant Action
Migrant Action is part of the Migration Partnership – a local collaborative initiative of migration and mainstream agencies working together to achieve their shared goals; offering migrant-led infrastructure for the sustainable engagement and meaningful participation of migrant communities in mainstream activity. The partnership runs a multi-agency drop-in every Wednesday at Hope House Church, the aim of this drop in is to strengthen connections amongst the organizations involved and provide a safe space for migrant communities to seek advice and support. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) are supporting this partnership through endorsement and resources, and all organizations involved support each other and those who reach out during the drop-ins for help. It was great to connect with representatives of BMBC at the event and hear about some of the great work they are doing. What we can see here is the successful implementation of motivations through collaboration to create change, ensuring effective integration amongst the community and transforming lives.
On Wednesday 1st February, the Migration Partnership organized a multi-agency and community networking event themed ‘ Navigating the Cost of Living Crisis- A local Response’. Agencies and communities discuss the rising cost-of-living and how it has disproportionately impacted parts of the community. Each focus group at the event had representatives from different organisations, allowing for diverse perspectives and ideas. Four discussion points were given, with one assigned to each table to discuss and then share at the end. The four discussion points were: the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis on services, staff and the most vulnerable in the community; what is currently available to support people, especially the most vulnerable; what more could or should be done to help, and where are the gaps; and the role of the Migration Partnership and the BMBC.
During the networking event, participants identified several sources of support for various needs. For language support, the Refugee Council, Feels Like Home, and Adult Learning were identified. For housing support, Berneslai Homes, BMBC, and MEARS were listed as resources. Health Integration, food banks, and food pantries were identified as sources for health and food support. Family centres and free school meals were suggested for parents seeking advice for children. All tables discussed the rising cost of living, and one table highlighted that food banks are receiving significantly fewer donations as fewer people can afford to give. The discussion also focused on the mental health impacts of the crisis and the resulting pressure on mental health services or organizations. These impacts contribute to pre-existing inequalities, resulting in fewer resources being available to already vulnerable communities during this time of crisis.
After a successful and informative event, it is clear that the Migration Partnership has achieved a great deal in terms of raising awareness and providing support to local migrant communities. The event encouraged many thought-provoking discussions, all of those who attended showed creativity and commitment to creating sustainable engagement amongst migrant communities. By bringing together local authority, community leaders, and migrant support organizations, Migrant Action through the partnership has created a platform for genuine collaboration, community engagement, strategic advocacy and local influencing in Barnsley.
The event successfully identified various sources of support for different needs, highlighting the importance of collaboration amongst organizations to better serve vulnerable communities. By discussing the gaps in existing support systems and suggesting possible solutions, the partnership is taking a proactive approach to addressing challenges and driving positive change. It is clear that through events like this, the partnership is able to showcase the important work being done to support migrants and highlight the challenges that they face. This is a testament to the power of collaboration and the collective effort of the partnership towards creating a more integrated and equitable community for all.
Blog post 3: Happy New Year from Migrant Action!
A message from Fidelis Chebe, Director at Migrant Action
2022! What a hectic year that was! For many of us, our resilience and commitment were tested as we navigated the many challenges, changes and uncertainty that confronted us.
As we adapted to these ‘environments’, it is very likely that some our plans for 2022 did not materialise as expected nor our hopes actualise as anticipated. Therefore, it is likely that many of us feel exhausted, underwhelmed, and unfulfilled – looking forward to a break, a time to rest, if we can, to rethink and re-energise in preparation for the year ahead.
For many of us too, in 2022, we encountered and experienced new opportunities for re-imagining our futures in terms of who we are, how we are living, working, and relating to other people and our environment. Therefore, looking to consolidate and expand these transformative opportunities in 2023.
At Migrant Action, our work was characterised by significant local, national, and global challenges and opportunities that deepened our resilience for migration justice and hope for social change. As an organisation, we stood and continue to stand firmly alongside vulnerable migrants supporting them to navigate and overcome the impact of the hostile migration environment and wider systemic challenges. Our direct support and advocacy continue make a positive difference in the lives of migrants whilst contributing towards systemic and social change.
Despite the steep challenges we faced, we have been greatly encouraged and inspired by the outcomes achieved for our clients, the authentic collaboration with our partners as well as the depth of relationships with our funders, volunteers, and supporters of Migrant Action. We have also been motivated by the passion for transformational change by individuals, organisations and movements resisting racial and social injustice in pursuit of a fair, humane, and just society.
As such, Migrant Action’s purpose, resolve and commitment to empower migrants, transform lives and influence transformational social change is emboldened. Working together, we are look forward to 2023 with courage, centring people, hope and joy at the heart of our resistance.
With gratitude and appreciation, Migrant Actions extends a heart-felt thank you to you all, as we anticipate a positive year ahead co-working for migrant justice and social change.
My very best wishes to you and yours as we enter 2023,
Blog post 2: Migrant Action & UOL: A Collaborative Project
Structural Vulnerability: The Impact of COVID-19 on International Students
Written and edited by Mia Kinsey and Ash Eloise O’Brien, Student Interns at Migrant Action
Migrant Action have collaborated with the University of Leeds to create a project ‘Structural Vulnerability & Migration: The Impact of COVID-19 on International Students at University of Leeds’ focusing on the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had upon minoritized and racialised communities. The project was created by a team of University of Leeds students and has been informed by Migrant Action’s ‘fight for structural change’ and ‘commitment to empowering migrants’. The project so far consists of two issues; these issues are in the form of a ‘zine’, an electronic magazine that combines text and art to convey a message. The first issue is an introductory zine, introducing the team behind the project and establishing the project’s aims. The second issue then delves into these aims and discusses, with reference to the words of international students, the inequalities that have been faced by international students studying in Leeds during COVID-19 restrictions. The piece highlights from the outset that the inordinate impact of COVID-19 upon the wellbeing of international students in the UK is due to pre-existing inequalities; these inequalities were described to be caused by the processes of othering, discrimination and exclusion. is an ongoing piece of work, with an aim to raise awareness to and work against structural vulnerability.
This piece of work (Volume 1: Issue 2) is particularly significant as it is the first to have been created by the University of Leeds on this topic; this is a step in a promising direction for both publicising the experiences of international students and beginning to form some meaningful actions that can be taken by university officials. The work produced by the University of Leeds has been tied together with the creation of the platform VOIS, or ‘Voice of International Students’, which consists of a website presenting electronic zines and blog posts, and an Instagram account.
The piece highlights the underlying discourse that young people have been largely unaffected by the pandemic; this has been noticeable with the way in which younger generations have been depicted in the media, with stories of students breaking restrictions. Although this has happened on several occasions, the media fail to call attention to the many difficulties that students faced during this time, and the lasting impacts that these difficulties have had. The negative perception of students that the media has emphasised has undoubtedly disguised the profound impact that COVID-19 has had on students. As I previously mentioned, this piece of work aims to capture the way in which these impacts have been worsened for international students, exploring the structural inequalities that Migrant Action recognise and seek to unravel at the community level.
International students within the UK face several difficulties, regardless of unprecedented circumstances. Moving to the UK for many international students means adapting to unfamiliar areas, cultures and climate, sometimes with little to no support network. These types of networks were less available to international students during COVID-19, due to social restrictions. Those without a pre-existing network of friends within the UK, weren’t able to go out and make one, meaning that the online study based life felt quite lonely for many. However, these issues are not isolated to international students, but rather demonstrate institutional practices which white people benefit from, whilst marginalised groups face disadvantages.
Demotivation also seems to be one of the main issues that international students faced during the pandemic. The shift to online school has been difficult for many, whether this is due to difficulty understanding or engaging with lecture material. Within the study, many interviewees disclosed that, as an international student, they experienced feelings of culture shock, reducing their sense of belonging. This was exacerbated during the pandemic with the shift to online life, and with lockdown resulting in a lack of intercultural interaction, creating a greater sense of dislocation. The piece also highlights that the term international student itself can be seen as problematic. The classification of international students as a group separate to British students creates a divide, further reinforcing the binary between domestic and international students. This is a term that is used and emphasised by the university itself, highlighting the way that the university are not removed from this issue, but rather they are a part of it. On many occasions, interviewees highlighted feelings of abandonment with regards to the university and a lack of support during the pandemic.
The main aims of this work were to produce creative pieces that “reveal the dominant challenges as the first step in a gradual process of transformation”. The Zines produced as a contribution to the VOIS platform certainly meets this aim by telling the stories of international students through well-selected quotations, embedded amongst thought-provoking art and photography. The piece consistently reiterates that it does not seek to provide a mere retelling of students’ accounts, but to raise awareness of the structural inequalities that shape their experiences and provide a platform that can be utilised beyond this project to help combat these issues.
VOIS Zine Issue 2: https://indd.adobe.com/view/f2f35828-6260-4bfe-9626-c66aac157e81
VOIS Website: https://voisleeds.weebly.com
Blog post 1: Migrant Action: Developing Emerging Leaders
Covid-19 has further exposed the structural vulnerabilities in our society and the need for transformational leadership towards building resilient communities and more equitable and just society.
Throughout the pandemic, Migrant Action has articulated and challenge systems and behaviours which routinely reproduce structural inequalities and the ‘harm’ on individuals and communities. Alongside this strategic advocacy work, we have provided a range of support to vulnerable migrants most affected by the pandemic particularly those with no recourse to public funds.
Through our collaborative working, Migrant Action encountered emerging leaders passionate about inspiring and leading in their communities, yet constrained by the lack of leadership development opportunities. In response, in the spring of 2021, Migrant Action and Nicola Parker Coaching Consultancy delivered a leadership program for 10 emerging leaders working with migrant based organizations and migrant communities in Leeds. The program focused on developing a ‘Whole Person leader’ empowered to lead change. Migrant Action’s leadership development is focused on strengthening grassroots-based leadership towards building resilience and mobilizing for transformational change.
Below, Eve Maloba, Project Manager, Complete Woman CIC reflects on her experience of the program
The leadership program provided me with the opportunity to network. It also gave me insight and allowed me to reflect and develop my knowledge and skills as a leader in the third sector. I share in the program’s inspiring vision to ensure leadership equity by increasing access to leadership opportunities for individuals from migrant and black and brown communities.
As a lifelong learner, this program has afforded me the opportunity to improve my managerial skills.
The group activities were vital to understanding the different styles of leadership. As a result, it has allowed me to reflect on my personal style and how suitable it is for taking the organisation forward. The invaluable information on managing performance and people development through feedback is now being implemented within our staff and volunteer management strategy.
I am looking forward to more third sector-focused programmes from Migrant Action to ensure we sustain the learning and development.
Nicola Parker has stated:
‘Strengthen networking and building leadership capacity among migrant-led grassroots organisations’ is one of Migrant Actions key aims. Not only does this talk to developing key leadership skills to support the effective running of organisations, for now, it also talks to a future where more leaders of refugee and migrant organisations will be leading from a position of lived experience. For me, that represents an exciting challenge and change for the sector and I was delighted that Migrant Action asked if I could deliver a leadership development programme for community leaders and emerging managers.
Leadership is a well-researched field. For leadership programmes to have an impact, concepts and theories must be translated into practical skills and tools. We focused on:-
Understanding different leadership styles
Developing our coaching skills to empower others
Providing clarity – translating strategy into goals and objectives
Managing difficult conversations including feedback
Leadership, especially in small organisations, can be lonely. Bringing people who are navigating similar challenges together, in a safe and supportive space, helps. Not only are participants able to grow their network and learn from and with one another but the magic of the group can ensure support transfers outside of the formal programme. This came through as we completed our final check out when the overriding offers to the group were of their time and continued support whilst requests were made for possible partnerships and peer accountability.