The Migrant English Project
The Migrant English Project:
- Provides free and informal English lessons for refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants.
- Provides a welcoming, friendly and safe space where people can meet others and receive support
- Provides support, basic advice, referrals and signposting when needed
- Provides free lunch & refreshments during the project
The Migrant English Project helps people whose first language is not English and who may feel isolated.
We don’t always have enough room or teachers to give lessons to everyone who comes in. If we run out of room or teachers, we will always prioritise people who need free English lessons.
The project helps people gain the necessary skills and confidence in written and spoken English and it is also a meeting point for migrants.
The project is about supporting people in all areas of their lives. It is run entirely by volunteers and is a completely independent initiative.
Participation and involvement by all members is strongly encouraged, students and volunteers alike – the project belongs to you!
Giving a donation
MEP running costs are low but we do need financial contributions to pay for rent, lunch, tea and coffee and travel costs. If you would like to donate please see our Localgiving page. Any contribution however small is incredibly useful and very much appreciated by everyone at MEP.
Advice on ‘What to do if you’re worried about racism’
The Equality and Human Rights Commission published a factsheet in July 2016 What to do if you’re worried about racism: EU referendum factsheet.
Brighton & Hove Fairness Commission
MEP contributed to the Brighton Fairness Commission which was set up to find out how to make Brighton & Hove a fairer and more equal place to live and work. The Fairness Commission released their report on 27 June 2016.
EEA Administrative Removal
The Migrants Rights Network have published a factsheet describing the operational process for the administrative removal of a European Economic Area (EEA) national by Immigration Compliance and Enforcement teams. It has been written for voluntary-sector agencies, local authorities and others working with EEA nationals facing homelessness. Download the factsheet here.
MEP is pleased to be a part of FareShare Sussex
TUC guide to working in the UK
Working in the UK is a TUC online guide to your rights at work in the UK.
Country of Origin (COI) Portal
The European Asylum Support Office’s public Country of Origin (COI) Portal allows users to search for country of origin information from different sources, in different languages and to be regularly informed of COI publications or events. Additional features (e.g. country or topic specific alerts, country overview pages, etc.)
Awards For All projects
Thanks to funding from Awards For All, MEP is running two projects:
MEP recipe book
During 2014/2015 people participating to MEP celebrated the cultural diversity of food across the city by cooking vegan dishes from around the world. Every month a vegan dish from a different country was prepared and served at lunch time to everyone at MEP.
The project involved people from different cultural background. Every recipe was created by a small group of people coming from the same culture or sometimes by a creative experiment of different cultures meeting in the kitchen.
Migrant English Project – Recipes from Around the World
MEP contribution to Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) quilt
The idea for the quilt came about in a GDWG volunteers local meeting. The idea was for volunteers to come together on a regular basis to sew and share stories of visiting. This was seen as a positive way for visitors to share their experiences and celebrate the stories of survival and overcoming hardship that inspire them. Subsequent research showed that political sewing has a vibrant history, including sewing to express human rights themes and women’s protest art in Pinochet’s Chile.
Visitors were joined by detainees in the art class in Tinsley House and ex-detainees from Tinsley House and Brook House who came to a workshop in Crawley. A competition was held in Tinsley House to encourage participation and GDWG volunteers were welcomed to join the art classes in the centre and to help detainees sew squares on the theme of ‘journeys’.
Pound Hill Junior School formed an afterschool sewing club for children to work on squares for the project. Many of the children chose to sew hands representing ‘the hands of friendship’ being shown to refugees.
Local organisations sewed their logos onto the quilt to show their support for the work of GDWG and Refugee Week, and the positive contributions that refugees make to our lives in the UK today.
Through this project, we hoped to tell detainee and visitor stories of journey and welcome as a positive focus of our wider work. This was seen as important by detainees, who had told GDWG that they wanted to share their stories, and by visitors, who had said in their local meetings that they wished to share their experiences and those of detainees they had met. We also wanted to use the quilt to reach out to the local community with a participatory art project inspired by the work of GDWG volunteers visiting detainees in Brook House and Tinsley House.
Article in Migrant Voice
Language, advice, support, friendship and belonging – the Migrant English Project (article by Emilio Casalicchio in Migrant Voice, May 2014)
We also organize days out for our students and volunteers to get to know places around Brighton & Hove and further afield to London.
The Sail Boat Project
The Sail Boat Project has been working with students and volunteer teachers from the Migrant English Project to take people out on short sailing trips in Chichester harbour.
Outings in Brighton and London in recent years: