Refugee week has been celebrated for 20 years. It is one of the UK’s largest festivals that looks at the contribution of refugees and aims to promote understanding of why people seek sanctuary. This year contributors are asking people to do one of the “20 Simple Acts” to help change the way we see new arrivals in society. Enable2, a community interest company, are on that list of helping those who have recently settled in the UK, they look to ease their settling in process through interpreters and funding projects that aim to improve their mental wellbeing and employment opportunities.
Based in Bradford, Enable2 CIC are an interpreting and translation service and often place interpreters in situations where refugees and asylum seekers need help understanding and being understood. As a social enterprise they re-invest their profits back into the communities in which they operate. The community interest company also have a number of refugees that work with them as interpreters, mainly those who speak Arabic, Swahili, Tigrinya and Somali. This article features some of the organisations and charities Enable2 work with along with projects they fund aimed to benefit the lives of people seeking asylum.
Working in partnership to help new arrivals
In Bradford Enable2 work with: Horton Housing who provide housing support services, Bevan Healthcare CIC – a GP surgery whose core patients are refugees and asylum seekers, Homeless and New Arrivals Team – a specialist outreach service, Relate – the counselling service and Target Housing who are a charity and registered social landlord that offer stable accommodation and support. Enable2 also provide interpreters to organisations based in Sheffield such as Shelter and national charities including the Red Cross.
In partnership with The Country Trust, a national charity that aims to educate children from inner city areas about the countryside, Enable2 funded several farm trips for new arrivals to Bradford. The aim was to provide a safe, enjoyable day where refugee families could learn about organic food, how farms are run in the UK and gave them a chance to socialise in a safe environment.
Enable2 looked to help further during refugee week. They will be funding the catering for a picnic on Wednesday 20th June at St Stephen’s Church for Bradford Action for Refugees. This will be a family picnic for new arrivals to come together with the local community.
Looking to the future to help
The success of the farm trips saw them recognised on BBC’s Countryfile. We are rolling out the farm visit programme to refugees residing in Sheffield and Norfolk, visiting other farms local to them. We are also planning a recruitment event in Sheffield for refugees with hopes of welcoming some of them to our interpreting team.
Founder and Managing Director Liz Weatherill commented on the importance of social return in Bradford “As a Social Enterprise providing interpreting services in Bradford, it is vital that organisations who have a means to do so, look to transform the communities they work in. The news is constantly reporting on stories of people fleeing war torn countries and settling in our diverse city. Enable2’s core business is based around support, it is important that our social return reflects this. The projects we have funded for refugees aim to make a difference to their lives and give them a chance to escape from the everyday pressures of society. It is wonderful that our initiatives are now expanding to other areas of the UK.”
If you are an organisation that works with this client base and you would like to get in contact with Enable2 CIC, contact details can be found on their website www.enable2.com