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.