Advice and Advocacy Projects
“By having somebody in the Roma Support Group office speak on my behalf gives me and other people a lot of confidence. We don’t feel as vulnerable and helpless as we would have if we went somewhere else.” – Roma service user, London Borough of Newham
The Advice and Advocacy Projects are run on the basis of appointments, drop-in sessions and outreach, enabling Roma refugee and migrant families to overcome some of the barriers which they face, like poverty, housing issues, homelessness, health inequalities and employability issues. The projects are delivered from our two centres in East and West London (Canning Town and White City) where we support approximately 200 families each month through appointments and drop-in system.
Roma Community Advocacy Project
The Roma Community Advocacy Project, which started in 2014, aims to reduce the social exclusion of Roma refugees and migrants in London by empowering them to bring about change in their communities through an advocacy programme and social engagement.
The Project incorporates a two-way approach to make a long-lasting impact on reducing social exclusion of Roma refugees and migrants:
(i) One-to-one advocacy for disadvantaged and vulnerable beneficiaries;
(ii) Mechanisms aiming at self-empowerment, such as training peer- advocates; running group advocacy sessions and Forum Theatre.
While one-to-one advocacy offers beneficiaries immediate support to address their destitution, homelessness and access to health, self-empowerment mechanisms enhance their employability/ transferable skills and knowledge, giving them confidence and tools to understand their rights and help themselves.
Past Advocacy Projects
In the past we have delivered a number of advocacy projects including:
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