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Zoom meetings were attended on Mondays with Baobab, the meetings covered the most important topics including Mental Health and how to stay positive during this time of pandemic. Pat talked about the mental health book she is busy compiling. She asked each and everyone us to take part by sending pictures to be included in the book. We also cover educational opportunities for Asylum Seekers.
In Coventry CARAG zooms Mark Heaton was invited to talk to us on what to do and what channels we need to go were provided. We also had a topic on the Right to Remain in UK / Home office decision and fresh claims.
Women attended the Britain First out of Coventry, Refugees are Welcome here Public Event by Stand Up To Racism Coventry and Coventry Against Racism, on Wednesday, September 2.
There were different agencies and the people from CARAG were there. We want more people to go when there events like this.
The event was good because the talk was more about us, and everyone who face racism was given the time talk which means everyone is welcome.
We had our first produce of runner beans from our garden as well as
blackberries by the Shed all organic and fresh. Our Lawn has been maintained
regularly, as the weather has been extremely hot, housemates enjoyed sitting
outside in the garden spending more time outside.
I love ………CARAG
CMWH residents all took part in International Womens Day in Coventry City-
See Loraine CARAG chair speaking & her post here:
CMWH women joined a Women for Refugee Women’s Sisters not Strangers national conference on the 14th Feb, a solidarity movement to end destitution of women seeking protection. They have been involved in the giving evidence to the Women for Refugee Women’s research report into destitution in partnership with CARAG, and other groups led by experts from experience across the UK in 2019.
Women were part of the CARAG Women performance, singing and making clear why change is so important.
Inini has been an eye opening experience. This group has been set up in such a way that everyone gets to share their own experiences as well as share a meal together. It gives a sense of community, unity and togetherness.
On Thursday 17th October 2019, Grace, Sarah and Agnes attended Naccom annual conference. They presented a workshop titled encouraging residents participation and action.
Their presentation consisted of these 3 main points:
*What type of organisation is CMWH
Sarah made a presentation of Coventry Migrant Women House (CMWH): a charitable incorporated Organisation which has a 4 bedroom used to accommodate and support forced migrant women with no resource to public funding. Their property is structured in such a way that the residents have a say on how the house is supposed to run.
*Inspiring the residents
Agnes talked about qualities, qualifications and skills that the asylum seekers have as they simply need people to trust and motivate them. This motivation drives confidence and friendships. On the other hand, residents are encouraged to participate in activities of socialisation to avoid isolation, anxiety and depression.
*New ways of encouraging resisdents to participate in social change activities
Grace presented several tips on how to encourage residents to be more socially active. Some of the examples were as follows :
*Encouraging decision making : suggestion box by creating a system for residents to give suggestion during monthy house meetings on what they want to improve around the house etc.. ). Making sure we check it regularly to ensure improvement to those problems.
*Incentives for engagement: showing appreciation for hard work by giving gift cards.
*Ensuring great level of communication between residents through WhatsApp, blogs and email.
I have attended this group called RECC (Reclaiming the Coventry Canal) for the preparation of their festival that took place at Coventry Fargo village on the 5th of October 2019. RECC is about increasing ownership of the canal by involving and encouraging everyone from different backgrounds to create a clean and friendly environment for the convenience of everyone by the canal. Their projects include gardening by the canal, organising festivals for the canal, discussing future developments of the canal. They also organise weekly meetings to discuss future projects for the canal and information are often communicated through their Fcebook page: email@example.com. I encourage everyone to join this group, it is great fun 🙂
CARAG I go to weekly, helping cleaning and tidying, listening to someone from different organisations, recently we had lawyer from Tann Law, Ruby, she was talking about immigration issues, what different things we can do to resolve our undocumented status, we asked questions we had about our own lives and when others ask we learn different things they face.