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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.  For more information more please contact natasha.bhandal@birmingham.gov.uk.   
     
  • 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.  For more information please contact natasha.bhandal@birmingham.gov.uk and bethany.finch@birmingham.gov.uk.
     
  • 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. 

Visit Birmingham City of Santuary website

  • 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.

Download the Community Cohesion Strategy

  • 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.  For more information contact bethany.finch@birmingham.gov.uk
     
  • 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 prs@birmingham.gov.uk.
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