Migrant Action and its partners have launched a new initiative aimed to better engage with and serve migrant communities in Barnsley. Covid-19 disproportionately affected minoritized communities especially irregular migrants and people with no recourse to public funds. The pandemic also exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and fragile community structures and relationships that undermine effective engagement, access, and representation of migrant communities.
The Migration Partnership (a collaboration of Migrant Action, Feels Like Home, The Polish Library and ELSH) offers a migrant-led infrastructure for the sustainable engagement and meaningful participation of migrant communities in mainstream activity. The new Multi-agency Hub drop-in (weekly) at Hope House Church will allow a practical and safe space for collaborative service delivery and better access of holistic service provision in Barnsley. It will also act as a local Connection hub for strengthening relationships across services, migrant communities and local authority through conversations and better understanding of the realities of migrant and local communities. Overall, the multi-agency hub acts as a catalyst for change by improving access to services, ensure effective integration and stronger communities and transforming lives.
Huge thanks to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council for endorsing and resourcing the work of the Migration Partnership.