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About Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities is a project that works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. 

Organisations that specialise in working with migrants are working together to offer tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire [Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York].

We're also creating opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for local employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market.

Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. 

There are ten partner organisations in Connecting Opportunities; Migration Yorkshire is the lead partner.

Why did we set up Connecting Opportunities?

We want to support the most vulnerable and marginalised new migrants in Leeds City Region to integrate and to increase their employability and become economically active members of the wider community. We recognise that some of the skills, strengths and potential of new migrants could remain untapped if we do not take action to address some of the many barriers they can face. 

We hope to engage with approximately 1000 migrants over the 2 years of the project [2017-2019].

Some of the things that are special about our service

  • We tailor our support to each individual.
  • You will get the same service, wherever you live in Leeds City Region.
  • We offer English language classes for up to 12 months.
  • There is specialist mental health support available.
  • We aim to be inclusive of the perspectives and contributions of women.

You can read about the experiences of some of our participants here: Wellbeing is the way to work for Yorkshire migrants

Our first 2 months 

Connecting Opportunities opened its doors at the beginning of July 2017. 

In July and August, we received 80 referrals, of which:

  • 52 are refugees and 28 are other migrants
  • 47 are men and 33 are women
  • 7 are age over 50
  • 13 are age 21 or under

While most of the referrals came from Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale, we also had some from Kirklees and Craven.

What difference will Connecting Opportunities make?

We hope that, as a result of our service:

  • Participants will feel more confident, speak better English and have a greater understanding of the British workplace.
  • Local employers will know more about the communities living locally, will feel supported to connect with new potential employees and will promote economic well-being in some of the most economically-deprived areas of the region.
  • There will be increased integration and understanding between local communities and new migrants.

  


  

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