Nottingham And Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Nottingham And Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

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About us

Our vision is a society where Asylum Seekers and Refugees are welcomed, receive just and compassionate treatment and support in rebuilding their lives.

Mission Statement

NNRF is a forward-thinking organisation that is passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seekers, aiding their integration into the local community and UK society as a whole.

We do this by:

Providing a safe and welcoming space where everyone is treated with respect, compassion and dignity

Offering free and impartial advice

Positively embracing and celebrating differences

Offering practical support to those who have no means to support themselves

Building effective partnerships with community groups and relevant organisations

NNRF has been working with refugees and asylum seekers for seventeen years and is the lead on the City Council's Communities of Identity Consortium, a group of fourteen partners and community groups working within the R/AS community.

We work with many providers, and organisations use our location to deliver their own services, in particular the British Red Cross and Migrant Help. We have been chosen by Refugee Action to develop our Voluntary Return Service and to work with them on best practice in this and other areas.

NNRF has held the Chair of the local Multi-Agency Forum on Asylum for several years, and sits on various regional groups including the East Midlands Strategic Partnership. We also sit on the Migrant Health Forum and the local Strategic Housing partnership. We are part of the Asylum Support Appeals Network and regularly attend the Tribunal Courts group.

Through the excellent use of volunteers throughout the organisation we are able to vastly extend the reach of the project whilst giving excellent work experience opportunities to students and other volunteers.

As well as providing resettlement services for refugees and general advice for all, we have specialist projects in health advocacy, working with unaccompanied children and anti-destitution work.

We run an in-house training programme for all staff and volunteers which includes basic training in service delivery, working with interpreters, and safeguarding, as well as more sophisticated trainings in specialist areas such as family reunion and working with victims of trafficking.

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