Leicester City Council's hostels and STAR teams have been successful in securing funding from the Migrant Impact Fund, the Department for Communities and Local Government, to develop a project to help manage the impact of migration in the city. The project is for one year initially, but further funding for a second year has now been provisionally awarded.
It is recognised that people coming to Leicester from abroad often experience difficulties in approaching and accessing services, and need support from trusted people to help them settle.
The BOOST project trains 10 trainees from migrant communities, with the hope of recruiting at least two into frontline services. They are provided with information and trained to pass on this knowledge to other community members.
- receive training on a range of issues, including housing, benefits, health, employment, education, police, the environment, community safety, community cohesion and safeguarding children.
- at the end of the training, be knowledgeable about local services and the support available
- receive a training allowance
To qualify, volunteers must:
- live in Leicester and be from a new community or migrant;
- be interested in helping your community and those who need advice and guidance;
- be willing to meet with a range of people to share your knowledge;
- have an understanding of the English language to at least level 1.
For further information email the STAR team
of call Sherralyn Storer on 0116 225 4985