As the Community Development Worker on the new project HiMRA Highland Migrant & Refugee Advocacy, under Birchwood Highland, I am reaching out to schools to raise awareness of our peer support and advocacy support groups. Please see attached information leaflet. At the moment we are developing drop-ins in Inverness, Alness, Dingwall, Lochaber and Wick. We are also working on developing a multi-language web resource for those who identify as migrants & refugees to access information and find local supports in their area.
HiMRA is a project that has arisen from research titled ‘Migrants Matter’. In brief, this research highlighted that migrant communities in the Highlands are dealing with serious issues connected to establishing themselves in a new country; specifically isolation, poor mental health, issues around employability, integration and language barriers. Isolation and stigma are significant barriers to integration for the migrant and refugee population in Scotland, which can lead to poor self-confidence, a lack of self-esteem and mental health issues such as depression. Peer support groups offer a safe space for people to come together to build friendships and support, to utilise local knowledge and to find appropriate service providers in the area.
Please do get in touch if you want to discuss our service further and have any particular questions. We would be delighted to hear from you and build links to support those who identify as migrants and refugees. See below our website and social media links.
Community Development Worker
HiMRA (Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy)
Birchwood Highland based at SHIMCA Office
1 Ardconnel Terrace,