Policy and partnerships
Here are some examples of the way we’re helping to shape the agenda – and thread City of Sanctuary thinking through many areas of our work:
- Asylum support and accommodation – we’re one of ten “Local Authority Asylum Seeker Liaison Officer” pilots nationally working differently with Serco, the Home Office and a range of local partners including police, NHS and voluntary sector to prevent homelessness, promote resettlement and integration. This includes the establishment of a Birmingham Move-On Group to help people and families move out of government accommodation into independent living in Birmingham.
- Birmingham Migration Forum – we facilitate and chair a regular forum to share learning and develop partnership working across a network of over 200 people from across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.
- City of Sanctuary group – we’re working with the Birmingham committee of the national network to identify gaps in provision, raise awareness, and highlight positive stories in the city.
- Community Cohesion Strategy – we aim to tackle anything that prevents people from reaching their full potential, including discrimination, isolation, poverty, segregation, or ambition to improve life chances.
- Counter-extremism – we want to build resistance to all forms of extremism, and challenge any illegal cultural practices and are supporting initiatives like Building a Stronger Britain Together.
- Libraries of Sanctuary – we have been working with Friends of Stirchley Library and King’s Heath Action for Refugees (KHAR) to encourage community involvement and develop a network of libraries of sanctuary across the city.
- MiFriendly Cities Project - We’re co-leading a programme of workshops engaging local, regional and national stakeholders from policy, academic, statutory and voluntary sectors around the issues of: Migrant Employability & Enterprise; Active Citizenship; and Communications.
- Rogue Landlords Project – people from refugee and migrant communities are initially more likely to live in poor-quality housing, and be less knowledgeable about their rights. For more information contact the Private Rented Sector Team via email@example.com.