Covid-19 and the migrant community: Fellows’ case studies
Rosemary Brown has been working to adapt vital services for refugees during Covid-19
Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support the migrant community. Here are their latest activities and insights.
Rosemary Brown: emergency support
Charity volunteer Rosemary Brown has been working with her organisation, the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, to adapt vital services for refugees during Covid-19. This includes providing online English-language learning resources, a virtual book and movie club to tackle social isolation, providing emergency support packages containing essential items, linking up refugees with mutual aid groups, informing them of their rights and providing translated versions of government advice around coronavirus. Rosemary's Fellowship topic was The Language of Friendship: Refugees Learning with Locals.
Alison Holland: mentoring
Community volunteer Alison Holland has been coordinating mentoring and language support for refugee and asylum seeker families via online platforms during the pandemic so that they do not feel isolated within the community. In particular, she has been supporting refugee children to access help with their learning in order to prevent a widening gap in academic achievement between them and their peers. Read Alison's Fellowship Report: Supporting Syrian refugees in our communities.
Amanda Walters: key workers
Community campaigner Amanda Walters has been building a labour community alliance of trade unions and community organisations that work with low-paid migrant cleaners during the pandemic. The aim of the alliance is to create a unified force that can organise for the interests of cleaners and ensure their protection as key workers during this time. This includes running a listening campaign of cleaners online to see where they most need help; creating an online platform to facilitate organising and campaigning through the lockdown; carrying out targeted advertising to reach as many cleaners as possible; and creating an online training site with a series of videos offering advice and guidance on how to campaign effectively. Amanda will collate the resulting data to focus on key issues and then campaign to influence policy. Amanda received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work.