Strengthening Refugee Voices Waikato Supporting successful refugee resettlement in the community with NZ Red Cross Ismail Gamadid President of the Waikato Refugee Forum Hamilton (SRV) Waikato Powhiri Welcoming all refugee families - Police, NZRC, WRF, TROK. - 6 years. - Marae - High commissioner – best welcome for refugees. Youth Programmes/ Engagements - NZRC &WRF - (advertising/community connection - Youth Leadership - Youth reps (forum) - WOWMA (girls engagement) WORLD REFUGEE DAY EVENT - - Photo Exhibition Saturday Celebration Soccer teams Youth Consultation. - Youth voices are heard and taken into account. - They express their feelings. - They find resources that help with job requirements and education. - Employment opportunities for youth (after graduation) - Refugee youth specific apprenticeships Community Consultation. - 3 times a year. - 9 refugee background communities. NewestColombian, Burmese, Eritrean Afghan Interpreters. Community Meeting - Refugee Community Empowerment through settling In project. - Community Capacity Building. - Media Training. - Project Planning. - Educating about Family Disputes and Solutions under the NZ law. - More English classes for the Refugee Communities. Community Meeting. - Driving meeting - Connection to MP’s - Learning to drive. - Important aspect for refugee families in NZ. Monthly Meetings WRF Speakers. - Police. - Stakeholders. - NGO’s. - Government Departments. Mosque Development - Religious Classes for children. - Early Childhood Education (non participating children) - English Language Classes for adults and youth. - Youth Women Leaders Programme - Opened by General secretary of World Muslim League – Dr Abdullah Turki - Visited by Imam of Masjid Makkah. Dignitaries - Speaker of the HOUSE UK - NZ Chief of Army - Ethiopian Ambassador to New Zealand and Australia. - UNHCR High Commissioner. Response to families in need. - Displaced Families in Christchurch during the earthquake. - Housing Needs - Fund raising by the Afar Friendship Society Relationship with NZ Red Cross Refugee Services. - Refugee and Migrant employment worker (contracted by MSD) - 27 refugees and migrants employed in 2013/2014. - Iftar (Breaking Fast) organised by the NZ Red Cross refugee services staff English Language classes • English Language Partners • • • • • 2014 ESOL Literacy in the Waikato 80 learners in 4 classes Refugee background learners come from Colombia, Burma, Afar (from Eritrea), Congo DRC, Iraq, Cambodia, Somalia, Afghanistan. Additional Refugee background learners from these countries are also in English Language Groups and working 1-1 with an ESOL Home tutor. 60 volunteers will train in 2014 the majority matched with refugee background people Waikato Migrant Resource Centre • Assists migrants and refugees by providing Settlement information and services (for example 5000 Refugee and Migrant clients use the centre). • Hosts communities and other organisations for meetings, language classes and other gatherings. • Collaborates with agencies co-located in the centre: . Red Cross Refugee Services (May 2014) • English Language Forum • Migrant Youth Work and Training Services. History Legacy! - Ismail Gamadid - Barbara Redfern - Rachel O’Conner.