Our Access+ project works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) organisations based in Islington.
IPR already has excellent links with BAMER organisations and we are now building on those links by offering BAMER community members specialist advice directly to them.
We are one of the few organisations to deliver specialist advice sessions at BAMER venues.
The organisations we currently work with are:
- Islington Somali Community
- Eritrean Community in the UK
- Latin American Women’s Rights Service
- Islington Chinese Association
- The Arab Advice Bureau.
Since November 2014, we have been providing debt and welfare benefits advice and representation to members of these communities through outreach sessions at their organisations.
Access+ also involves us training staff at the BAMER organisations to enable them to deal with benefits and debt issues better themselves in the first instance and to be able to signpost accurately.
Thanks to this project, clients can see us in a venue they already know, with people around who they trust and who they can communicate with in their native language.
Access + has enabled IPR to give specialist advice to Islington residents who may not otherwise have accessed our service due to language or cultural barriers.
If you are a member of one of the community groups listed, you can make an appointment to see us at the venue you visit.
This project is funded by a two year grant from Trust for London.