New scheme to support migrant integration in Coventry

The programme will try to address social and economic inequalities that hinder the way migrant communities interact and become apart of the wider community.

Pictured: a self-described anti-racism group of peaceful protestors gathered in Broadgate, Coventry, to welcome asylum seekers to the city.

Organisations in Coventry have secured funding for a new scheme to boost intergration between migrant communities and local neighbourhoods in the city.

Next year, Coventry City Council are to launch a two-year MyCoventry partnership, aimed at addressing social and economic inequalities that hinder the way young people and adults from migrant communities interact and become apart of the wider community.

The specialist partnership will try to bridge service gaps, provide mentoring, coaching and holistic interventions to support 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 the Positive Youth Foundation is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

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

Cllr David Welsh said the scheme 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 their ‘Integrass’ Assessment, which will develop bespoke solutions that address barriers to integration and progression on an individual level.

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

A representative from St Francis Church of Assisi expressed that they were “excited to be a part of this new project”.