ICRM is working to support our clients – particularly those experiencing destitution – to develop the skills and experiences they need to be able to work towards accessing employment and further education.
Many of our clients need to wait a long time to resolve their immigration status in order to be able to start work or pursue career development opportunities. We believe that this period of ‘waiting’ can be a fruitful time for clients to exercise their own skills, to develop new ones, and to explore new areas of employment and education – chances they may not have had before.
We do this through offering a range of activities, including development-focussed English language learning classes and opportunities to develop skills in art, writing, and music through our Art & Writing Group and Choir. We also support clients to volunteer at the Centre, developing new skills and adding to their CVs. Our Client Ambassador programme helps clients to learn skills in public speaking, supporting them to tell their stories to wider audiences.
We work together with external organisations to support clients to develop skills and explore new areas of education and employment. This includes our work with the Wallace Collection, supporting clients to become Community Ambassadors and a series of workshops with the ICA helping clients to develop more advanced arts skills and engage with contemporary art. We also work to help clients to engage, where possible, with mainstream education and volunteering opportunities through providing advice, advocacy, and support.