August 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly update on news & campaigns happening across the country: Migrant Mentoring Scheme, Projects & Campaigns, Events & Other News, Job Vacancies.

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Migrant Mentoring Scheme

We are looking for individuals to join our pool of Mentors (Volunteer) to help us to build our new mentoring scheme. We welcome applications from across the UK, as all mentoring will be via online platforms.

Throughout the year, we occasionally host training programmes for migrant communities focused on topics like leadership, rights, and advocacy. We are looking to build these programmes by introducing a new mentoring scheme so that participants and graduates of our programmes are able to further build the skills needed for their leadership and personal development. 

Our upcoming Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP) will be your first opportunity to mentor. MAP is a 3-month online training programme that will support participants from migrant communities across the UK to create real change. Participants will be given opportunities to gain the skills needed to become leaders, advocates, and activists for themselves and others in their community. This could include becoming a community organiser, a board member, or taking on another leadership position in their community.

Mentoring is a phenomenal way to share your knowledge and give guidance to those looking to build their leadership and personal skills through learning from the experiences of others. As many of the participants on our programmes are interested in advocacy and local leadership, we are particularly looking for individuals that have experience working or volunteering in migration, advocacy, and related sectors. 

Mentors will have flexibility in regards to the date/timing of the mentoring sessions, but you must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months. We expect mentors to connect with their mentees a maximum of 3 hours/month. Mentors are required to attend 1-2 training sessions prior to being paired with a mentee. Please note that this role is voluntary.

For more information and how to apply, see here.

Projects & Campaigns

Know Your Rights: Focus Group

We are looking to improve our Know Your Rights guide and are looking for migrants based in the UK to participate in our upcoming focus group. The focus group will take place online on the 18 August at 2pm.

Participants will be asked to review the guide in advance. The focus group will last a maximum of 2 hours. Participants will be paid for their time via vouchers, such as an Amazon gift card. 

To express interest in joining, please email:

Events & Other News

  • A Journey Across Yemen through Food and Craft - Join ISHKAR as part of London Craft Week as we explore Yemen and Yemeni culture through food, craft, and stories. ISHKAR will be joined by Fatma Al-Baiti, founder of ‘Meet me at Fatma’s’, London's only Yemeni brunch club as she teaches us how to make classic dishes cooked in traditional stoneware cooking pots, or maglas. Demonstrations will delve into the significance of these objects in Yemeni culture, and tradition that has unfortunately been overshadowed by conflict in recent years. More info

  • ESOL Coordinators - NATECLA London and EfA are holding an online Community Conversation on Friday 6 August, 2.30pm, to hear from people with English language needs and those with an interest in ESOL on the GLA’s Adult Education Roadmap Consultation.

  • Project Noor - The SHM Foundation is launching the first stage of a project where they'll work with a small group of refugee women in London who are from the Middle East, in order to support them in their journey towards finding secure and rewarding employment. They are calling for applications from women who are refugees or asylum seekers living in London, from the Middle East, aged 30 or above, who would like to take part in this project.  More info

Job Vacancies

This month's jobs are from:
  • Policy & Research Co-ordinator - NACCOM - The Policy and Research Co-ordinator will work with NACCOM’s Director to deliver NACCOM’s policy, research and advocacy strategy to end homelessness and destitution experienced by people subject to immigration control. Deadline: 5 August. More info

  • Community Organiser (Digital) - Stop Funding Hate - Stop Funding Hate is looking for an outstanding Community Organiser to help build the fightback against racism, xenophobia, transphobia, misogyny, anti-Traveller hate, Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination in the UK media. Deadline: 23 August. More info

  • Caseworker - Kalayaan - Kalayaan is seeking a Caseworker to support migrant domestic workers in accessing advice and support services and to assist in the identification of victims of trafficking for domestic servitude and in drafting referrals to the National Referral Mechanism. Deadline: 6 September. More info

  • Youth Caseworker - Da'aro Youth Project - The post holder will work with young migrants who are at risk or in crisis. Preference will be given to those applicants who have previous experience in casework with children, young adults, and refugees and asylum-seekers – and those applicants with refugee language skills (Tigrinya or/and Amharic). Deadline: 8 August. More info.

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