New connecting project being piloted in Middlesbrough with local partners
Having now mentored – as part of our flagship programme ‘Steps to Recovery‘ – well over 100 civil society and faith-based organisations across the country located in multi-deprived, ethnically diverse and high health inequality areas, we now plan to pilot a modest mentoring-style project. We are investing in the pilot by dipping into our reserves.
CSC Connecting will focus on social connection and personal development for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including refugees, migrants and others needing support to reach their aspirations and dreams, guiding them in making their way in life. We believe reducing loneliness, improving connections and spreading kindness will contribute to a healthier society.
By offering one-to-one mentoring support over a minimum of a three month period to each person (the ‘Connectee’), we wish to ensure that excluded and vulnerable individuals access the support they need, develop their innate talents and job seeking skills, improve their language and communication skills increase their confidence and overall health and wellbeing. They will be supported to achieve their potential and have more flourishing lives.
In collaboration with grassroots migrant and refugee groups including – in the first instance Middlesbrough based Ubuntu MultiCultural Centre CIC and Durability North CIC, which serve some of the most disadvantaged and diverse communities in the UK – we will be piloting the project over the next few months, into 2022. We will be assisted by on the ground community connectors and leaders: John Kabuye and George Dura. They will encourage and steer identified beneficiaries into CSC Connecting.
Our collaborative and established partnerships with a wide range of local grassroots groups and CSOs serving ethnically diverse and refugee communities, allied to regional and national infrastructure support organisations, puts our CIC in a strong position to deliver a pilot initiative of this nature, and to respond to the immediate urgent refugee situation we are experiencing currently and for the foreseeable future.
We have a strong and committed team, with good networks based on trust and friendships. We will therefore be able to secure both excellent Kindness Connectors (mentors) and those needing the individualised and personalised support being offered.
In seeking to establish a network of volunteer digital Kindness connectors (mentors), we anticipate many of them being highly skilled professionals, trained psychotherapists and counsellors. We already have several volunteer Kindness connectors already identified, including our Founder Director, fellow civil society consultant Simon Pickering and also Steps to Recovery Advisor Sadia Akram. We need more!
We intend to enlist further support and involvement via our Steps to Recovery network and with larger (national and regional) multi-faith faith/civil society organisations, such as Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland, Greater Together Manchester, Strengthening Faith Institutions, Faiths Forum for London and Transforming Communities Together (Walsall & Wolverhampton). All will be encouraged by their involvement to help identify beneficiaries (‘connectees’) and promote CSC Connecting.
To find out more, or become a CSC Connector or a ‘Connectee’, contact Mark Ereira-Guyer firstname.lastname@example.org