Sanctuary in Wales

Posted by Luned Jones Media and Communications Officer, Wales

19th Sep 2012

Expanding our work with women in Wales

Here at Oxfam Cymru, we are over the moon to have recently received three years of funding for our Sanctuary in Wales Project from the  Big Lottery Fund. The funding is to continue the work we have been doing over the last three years which has focused on supporting refugee and asylum seeking women in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport through the provision of human rights advocacy training and women's drop-ins, where they can meet in a safe and friendly environment to gain training and support.

The new project also includes Wrexham, the smallest of Wales' dispersal areas, where we're working with Wrexham Refugee & Asylum Seekers Support Group to provide support and mentoring to sanctuary seeking women to enable them to advocate on behalf of themselves and their communities, to build sustainable livelihoods and hold service providers to account on issues impacting them.

 We are working with existing partners Oasis in Cardiff and African Community Centre in Swansea, and teaming up with Displaced People in Action and The Sanctuary in Newport to provide tailored employment, training and further education advice, with Business in the Community contributing their know-how in accessing voluntary placements for project participants with employers in sectors of interest. What underpins our approach to the project is the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) - a way of working with individuals and groups which starts from a positive basis of the 'assets' that people have, and not what's missing. Keep your eyes peeled for a more detailed description of what the SLA entails in coming weeks!

Please get in touch if you'd like further info about the project:
Contact Vicky Goodban at vgoodban@oxfam.org.uk or   0300 200 1269 .

Blog post written by Luned Jones

Media and Communications Officer, Wales

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