We offer a range of support through our activities, asylum support worker and befriending service. Our office is open Tues, Wed and Thurs 10am – 4pm
Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Weekly English conversation tables and lessons , regular activities and workshops. Refreshments each week and food as often as we can!
Every Thursday 10am to 12pm except the first Thursday of every month we have a women’s support group that meet to knit, sew, share life and experiences together. The women also have the opportunity to hear from guests who lead workshops on things such as healthy relationships, hate crime awareness and other relevant topics.
Tuesday mornings at The Vine Community Centre, 11am to 1pm. Currently we are doing arts and crafts each week. A varied programme of activities, a safe social space for asylum seeker and refugee women.
We also organise a Coffee and Chat every other month with a group of women.
Pat Samba Fitness runs football sessions on Fridays 6pm to 8pm. The sessions are open to everyone. Asylum seekers and refugees don’t have to pay to play. The sessions will not be running for the next few weeks. Starting again mid April. Pat is running mid week morning sessions for more info just ask
A befriending project of Nottingham Rainbow Project
We want to tell you about our exciting befriending project. We have befrienders who have been trained and are able to support participants with conversational english, accompaniment, signposting, finding volunteering opportunities, accessing local community groups, and more.
One-to-One: One to one befriending for an agreed period of time, weekly sessions.
Typically befrienders meet befriendee’s weekly for anything between 3-6 months, going out and about around Nottingham. They have a small allowance to cover any costs for tea/coffee, activities and/or travel. Getting out and about promotes knowledge and awareness, grows confidence and empowers participants to discover their city and community. Befriending improves English speaking and provides opportunities to speak English, meet new people and communicate with confidence. We also encourage participants to find volunteering opportunities.
Short / One off: For accompaniment to reporting, hearings, appointments.
We are also offering one off / emergency accompaniment to reporting for nervous or first time reporting requests, hearings, solicitors, GP’s and hospitals. We have seen the impact of how going with someone can make appointments and journeys like these more positive for our participants.
An Example: Mary was due to move house and began meeting one of our volunteers a few weeks before her moving date. They met a few times before our volunteer accompanied them to Housing Aid and also helped transport her belongings. Mary felt supported and less isolated as a result.
How does it work? We accept referrals and make contact with the referrer and referred client. We explain the project to the potential participant and if they wish to proceed we make a amtch. Our coordinator facilitates the first meeting with the match and provides support throughout the befriending relationship.
Join our resource friends mailing list for opportunities to provide resources as and when we have needs. This may be your time to do some DIY, cleaning, gardening, it may be to donate food items or clothing to ShareWear, donating to the hardship fund.
We provide food parcels for asylum seekers and refugees that contain some basic food items and toiletries. We can accept referrals. We distribute food items on Thursday mornings and by appointment. Donations are welcome, please see below for things we need at the moment:
Information, Advice and Guidance
Our asylum support worker can provide information, advice and guidance for asylum seekers and refugees. We may signpost to other organisations for certain things. We can accept referrals.
Get our Rainbow Project Referral Form