The Birmingham Way project works with newly arrived and refugee populations in Birmingham to help people build support networks and create more settled and integrated communities.
It focuses on people who are new to the UK — mainly Syrian refugees — and helps them to interact in their new environment through a range of community activity sessions.
The Birmingham Way project builds on existing work with a group of Syrian refugees who have been coming into our community facility and explaining some of the issues they face. These include finding it hard to integrate into the community, and failing to make new friends or meet new people. They also report that they do not have a way to easily meet other newly arrived people or to mix with “locals”.
The project benefits people who mainly live in deprived areas such as Small Heath, Ladywood, Nechells, Highgate and other areas with a high level of newly arrived refugees. It is designed and managed by a project planning group, which helps with the translation and cultural requirements.