‘Active Citizens Together’ (ACT) Project

The Strategic Migration Partnership’s ‘Active Citizens Together’ (ACT) Project is fast approaching the end of its first year.

The Strategic Migration Partnership’s ‘Active Citizens Together’ (ACT) Project is fast approaching the end of its first year, with funding from the European Commission until September 2017 to encourage mobile European citizens to participate in civic life in the East of England.

A quick overview of the project’s key achievements so far:

  • We have run 10 two-hour interactive workshops across the region for European Citizens on what it means to be an ‘active’ citizen here in the UK, and how to exercise their voting rights
  • Over 100 people have taken part in these workshops.
  • There have been 37 guests at the workshops, talking to participants about the kinds of opportunities available to them locally. This has included representatives from local government, constabulary, voluntary sector, and health.
  • Almost 90 members of our project network across the region received our first newsletter at the end of May.
  • We developed a teaching module for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutors across the region on the subject of active citizenship, and briefed twelve tutors in one-to-one sessions on how to use the module. It has now been taught in 13 community/migrant support venues and 3 colleges.

Here’s a flavour of what people are saying about the ACT Project – in their own words:

  • “They were really interested in the workshop. I discussed it with them afterwards and they registered to vote after they’d been to the workshop. They find it good to know about their rights” (Ipswich Workshop Participant)
  • “During our ESOL session, we shared with the other participants the experience/discussion of ACT workshop and we discussed present/current worries and also what we could do to make a change. It was a very interesting discussion. In the beginning, most participants said that they had no power to make a change. After an incensed debate, they started to see small steps they could take to make a change happen.” (Migrant Advisor & Great Yarmouth Workshop Participant)
  • “Thank you for your information to let me know about the project what you are mention it. I am particular very interest this program. I hope, I can participate to do this program's for to get more experience for my life and to build more my capacity in the future more better.” (Portuguese Migrant Factory Worker & Peterborough Workshop Participant)
  • “I appreciate the great work you are doing. Migrant communities, in particular, need projects like yours as their journeys are difficult and sometimes insecure. I hope we will still collaborate in the future and I wish you all the best!” (Romanian Teaching Assistant, & Ipswich Workshop Participant)

Over to you………………….

If you would like an ACT Project workshop for European migrants in your area, or to come along as a guest participant, please do contact Sue Hay e: sue.hay@eelga. gov.uk m: 07920 257964 or Rachel Heathcock e: Rachel.heathcock@eelga.gov.uk t: 01284 758311

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