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Welcome to Action for Social Integration

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Action for Social Integration (AFSI) aims to promote social and cultural integration, equality and diversity. We strive to eliminate discrimination towards asylum seekers, migrants, refugees and people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

We aim to relieve poverty and prevent social exclusion by developing community level social development and advocacy on issues relating to socio-economic disadvantaged communities; in particular people with disability, women, children and other marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Our main services are:

Information, Advice & Guidance:

We provide information, advice and guidance about welfare rights, debt, health, benefits, housing, employment, consumer issues, education, discrimination, immigration and legal issues.

Education: We support educational attainment of asylum seeker, refugee and minority ethnic school children.

Training: We provide training in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Employability Skills.

Unemployment relief:We support refugees and BME’s access to employment and volunteering opportunities.

Advocacy: We organise public awareness on social integration, equality and rights issues relevant to refugee and BME communities. We influence mainstream services on how to meet the needs of refugees, black and ethnic minority communities.

Our Key Priorities

  • Providing advice, guidance, signposting and information to refugees and asylum seekers and BME communities to enable them to effectively integrate into society and to access services and opportunities
  • Raising awareness amongst refugees and asylum seekers and disadvantaged people from BME about available services and how services can be accessed
  • Facilitating and supporting the participation of refugees and BME communities in local activities for leisure, learning, volunteering and decision-making processes
  • Representing our service users in decision-making and consultations arrangements to ensure they reflect the make-up of local communities
  • Organising access to appropriate training (e.g. ESOL and employability skills) and other community learning opportunities that contribute to providing new skills, increasing confidence and motivation
  • Supporting refugees and people from BME communities to overcome barriers to learning, employment and training
  • Providing advocacy for – and support to – young people with their education, training, employment and social needs
  • Promoting and encouraging young people to develop their creativity and confidence, technical and performance skills
  • Providing advocacy and  public awareness on issues relevant to social integration, equality and inclusion

 

“Accommodating people’s growing demands for their inclusion in society, for respect of their ethnicity, religion, and language, takes more than democracy and equitable growth. Also needed are multicultural policies that recognize differences, champion diversity and promote cultural freedoms, so that all people can choose to speak their language, practice their religion, and participate in shaping their culture—so that all people can choose to be who they are.” Human Development Report 2004: Cultural Liberty in Today’s Diverse World

 

About Us

About Us

Action for Social Integration (AFSI) aims to promote social and cultural integration, equality and diversity. We strive to eliminate discrimination towards asylum seekers, migrants, refugees and people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities…Read more

What We Do

What We Do

We provide information, advice and guidance about welfare rights, debt, health, benefits, housing, employment, consumer issues, education, discrimination, immigration and legal issues…Read more

How We Do it

How We Do it

We provide training, advocacy, counselling, advice, guidance, signposting and information to refugees and asylum seekers and BME communities to enable them to effectively integrate into society and to access services and opportunities….

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