The organisation has been running since 2010. Our overall aim is to tackle exploitation of the Roma community in Coventry and to advance their integration within the city. We harness the motivation and energy within The Roma Project in Coventry and build on its acknowledged reputation to create a strong and sustainable organisation with the capability needed to support the community to achieve those goals.
We build capacity for the Roma community in Coventry to have a voice and influence public authorities and highlight the issues and needs that are specific to the community:
- discrimination and hate crime (much of which is currently un-reported);
- exploitation that comes from poor understanding of the systems and process within the UK and communication difficulties;
- high levels of poverty, poor health and substandard accommodation.
The Roma community we support have an origin country of Romania as well as Poland and Czech Republic.
In 2017 we have supported many families and seen several cases that deal with a variety of issues ranging from employment, education to health and social welfare. We facilitate social inclusion and see over 100+ hundred cases a month.
Some highlights include:
We use our experience of working every day with the Roma community to deliver training to professionals. We have delivered training to 227 professionals that includes cultural awareness, the needs of the community and how best to engage with families and individuals to the following organisations:
– 2 days training at Birmingham Police Training college. (140 attendees)
– 4 sessions with Coventry City police officers (60 attendees)
– 1 session with Wolverhampton police officer (20 attendees)
– 1 session with Chairs of Coventry Local Safeguarding Children Board (7 attendees)
– We have facilitated a visit by Faye Abbot, Councillor and Cabinet member for Community Development to meet with members of the Roma community in Coventry.
– Organised and facilitated a walk around the Foleshill area of Coventry where many Roma families live for the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police.
We continue to maintain a close relationship with the Romanian Embassy hosting a visit from the Ambassador (now has a new role as Romanian representative to the UN and remains supportive of the project) and two visits from the First Secretary, Home Affairs attaché and Social Affairs attaché to celebrate this partnership project with Coventry Law Centre.
IMPACT REPORT- FEB 2018
The Roma Project is about to complete a 3-year project funded by the Metropolitan Migration Foundation (February 2015 – January 2018). An independent evaluator has been appointed to conduct an evaluation of the activities conducted by The Roma Project, which for the past 3 years spanned: building capacity for the local Roma community and enabling them to strengthen voice and autonomy for social, civic and economic participation; further dialogue and communication among the Roma community and the multicultural population of Coventry on the one hand, and public authorities on the other; and strengthen its own institutional capacity and workflows for providing timely, efficient and reliable support to the Roma community. The report will be published in February 2018 and made available on the Roma Project website.