ACCESS Project

The ACCESS Project (Acquiring Cultural Competence, Equalities, Successful Safeguarding) finished on 30 June 2015. It was aimed at front line local government and other public sector staff working with new migrant communities from outside Europe. It was a one year project, co-founded by the European Integration Fund, which focused on non-EU women who have recently migrated to the UK to settle here permanently. The project  delivered 50 workshops across the East of England. There were three strands of workshops:
  • Those which aim to develop delegates' understanding of intercultural competence with regards to issues affecting women who have recently migrated to the UK from outside the European Union
  • Those which work on developing the skills needed to work with professional interpreters
  • Those which bring together groups of public sector professionals with non-EU migrant women to explore gaps in service access through an open dialogue.

    These workshops were delivered by the following community groups and interpreting agencies working across the region, along the same lines as our EACH Project.

    Community groups

    Norfolk  The NEESA Project 
    Peterborough Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service, Talking Health @The Beehive CIC
    Cambridgeshire Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
    Bedfordshire Advice Training and Advocacy CIC
    Luton Equality in Diversity
    Hertfordshire MUSKAAN
    South Essex Tendring & Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership (TACMEP)
    North Essex TACMEP, Bangladeshi Support Centre & CSV Media Clubhouse 
    Suffolk Bangladeshi Support Centre & CSV Media Club House

    Interpreting and translating agencies

    Norfolk INTRAN 
    Cambridgeshire and
    Peterborough
    Cintra
    Bedfordshire and
    Luton
    Hertfordshire Interpreting and Translating Service (HITS)
    South Essex and
    Southend
    INTRAN
    North Essex Translating and Interpreting Provider (TIP)
    Suffolk INTRAN & TIP
    Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Interpreting and Translating Service (HITS)

  • ACCESS project legacy documents

  • Cultural Diversity guide: Cultural Diversity Guide

  • Safeguarding issues resource list: Safeguarding resource list

  • Safeguarding glossary:  Safeguarding glossary


    For more information please contact:
  • Gosia Strona - t: 01284 758324 or m: 07920 257947 or e: Malgorzata.strona@eelga.gov.uk
  • Louise Gooch - t: 01284 758308 or m: 07834 129582 or e: louise.gooch@eelga.gov.uk