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Source: City of Coventry

Published Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Agencies in Coventry have secured funding to boost relations and integration between migrant communities and local neighbourhoods

In the new year the Council will be launching a two-year partnership called MyCoventry to address local, social and economic inequalities that hinder the way young people and adults from migrant communities interact and become an integral part of the Coventry.

The specialist partnership will bridge service gaps, provide mentoring, coaching and holistic interventions to support client progression and integration.

The city-wide partnership between Coventry City Council, the Job Shop, St Francis Church of Assisi, Ashley Community Housing, Coventry University and Positive Youth Foundation is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). 

The scheme will help improve language skills and enable new communities to learn and feel a part of the life of the city; as well as boost employment opportunities.

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “MyCoventry will allow the city to continue its history of welcoming people, creating a Coventry where everyone can contribute and prosper.

“The funding will also take pressure off local services and create a stronger community”. 

A key component of MyCoventry is the ‘Integrass’ Assessment which will develop bespoke pathways that address an individual’s needs and barriers to integration and progression.

The assessment will inform personalised pathways across the project, facilitating language learning, employment support, civic orientation and meaningful contact with the host society for clients.

Each partner will have designated mentors who will meet regularly with clients to discuss their progress and signpost them to services across the city.

A representative from St Francis Church of Assisi has said, “We are excited to be a part of this new project, which will see migrant communities in Coventry work closely with a mentor to develop the skills they need to progress into sustainable employment in the city”.

The citywide scheme will begin in January 2021.

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