Our Current Projects
Greenwich Sanctuary Project
Greenwich Sanctuary Project is a collaboration between Greenwich Islamic Centre, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Greenwich Inclusion Project to support the resettlement of Syrian families who have come to the UK through the UNHCR vulnerable persons programme.
GrIP’s role in the project is to connect these families to the local community through a range of volunteering projects. Our volunteer roles offer the families support, friendship and help to integrate into the community.
Integrating into a new community can be difficult for anyone, especially when there are additional barriers such as language and culture. For these families, once the practical elements are dealt with, it can be a long challenging task to truly make the UK and Greenwich feel like home. Our volunteering programmes make people feel welcomed, supported and part of the community.
Refugees Into Sustainable Employment (RISE)
From 2017 until 2019, Greenwich Inclusion Project partnered with Renaisi to deliver the RISE project – a new service to support refugees in North and East London obtaining sustainable, rewarding employment.
RISE provided English Language for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) courses, as well as social wellbeing activities, confidence building and tailored one-to-one employability support to increase employment prospects. This included CV writing, interview preparation, job search support and help with benefits. RISE also provided in-work mentoring for up to six months to ensure a smooth transition into the labour market.
Safeguarding Adults Project
Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board commissioned GrIP to undertake a community outreach project from 2016 to 17. The aim of this project was to improve understanding of Safeguarding matters and support processes amongst those communities currently underrepresented.
GrIP delivered this work through:
Data analysis of the racial origins of those referred to Safeguarding services, identifying specific indications of significant under-representation of defined racial groups.
Delivering a range of briefings to community organisations representing communities of identity; at which information regarding Safeguarding issues is distributed
Attending community festivals and events to distribute materials to the public and engage people in conversation regarding safeguarding issues
Distributing safeguarding literature and posters to Community facilities/centres
After carrying out the awareness raising activities for a year, GrIP conducted a community consultation event to identify possible improvements in accessibility of safeguarding support.
As a result, the work was commissioned for a 2nd year, to continue to extend awareness of Safeguarding matters and support available into other marginalised communities and to establish mechanisms and facilities to enable more in depth understanding of safeguarding among key community contacts.