REFUGEE & ASYLUM SEEKER ADVOCACY FORUM
In Wales, Refugees and Asylum Seekers often aren’t given much of a say on the services they receive. The Advocacy Forum is there to promote Refugee and Asylum Seeker voices.
What is the project?
DPIA’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Forums are a space for refugees and asylum seekers to discuss their experiences and opinions on issues such as Healthcare, Housing, Education and Asylum Support. We invite relevant organisations to come and join us so that through hearing these voices they can better understand how they may improve their services.
When was it set up and who pays for it?
The Advocacy Forums were first set up in the early 2010s when the need for Refugee and Asylum Seeker voices to be better heard was recognised.
The forums are currently funded as part of the Asylum Rights Programme, a partnership of seven organisations who have been funded by the Welsh Government to promote and ensure the rights of people seeking asylum in Wales. This funding has been guaranteed until March 2021.
These forums are only possible due to the hard work and dedication of our ‘Advocacy Champions’, a team of volunteers who themselves are from Asylum seeking and refugee backgrounds. Our volunteers not only help with the practicalities of running forums, but are a key part of steering and guiding discussion and putting key questions to invited guests.
What has it achieved?
Since 2015, over 148 individuals have attended and taken part in our advocacy forums.
Who we have spoken to:
- The Home Office
- Migrant Help
- Cardiff Health Access Practice
- Housing Options
- REACH ESOL & RESTART
- Cardiff City Council
- Cardiff University
- University of South Wales
- Cardiff Met University
- Gower College
- Coleg Gwent
- Cardiff and Vale College
- Lift the Ban
- Local MPs
If you would like to know what discussions have taken place in our previous forums, click on any of the links below:
“Z” first attended the advocacy forum within a month of arriving in the UK. She is now one of our forum volunteers and helps out regularly.
How can I join?
Transport costs and childcare are provided. If you will need level access, large print, or have any other accessibility needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
These forums currently run once every two months in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, and are soon to expand to Wrexham.
Get in touch!
Sarah Allen | Engagement and Training Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org | 02920 789 733 | 07496 840 479
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