Coventry MP highlights the instrumental impact of the MyCoventry project
Recently, Coventry North West MP, Taiwo Owatemi, met staff and participants on the MyCoventry project during a visit to the projects’ partners St Francis Employability.
Located in the Radford area of Coventry, St Francis are one of five partner organisations on the MyCoventry project, who specialise in providing ESOL Employability classes, Civic Orientation and other support services that help new and settled arrivals integrate in the community.
Taiwo Owatemi MP, said, “It is absolutely incredible to see a fantastic project and organisation support the local community in such a positive way during what has been an incredibly difficult 18-months for everyone”.
Ms Owatemi added, “the pandemic has not only shown difficult and unprecedented times but has highlighted a wonderful togetherness amongst the community, helping to support each other continuously in times of need.
“St Francis have not only gone above and beyond the call of duty to support clients with employability, language and integration but their dedication to helping the community by distributing food parcels to over 1000 families stands as a testament to their incredible warmth and selflessness.
“The MyCoventry project and the work the partner organisations on the project carry out is vital because it helps to tackle inequalities locally, socially and economically for those in Coventry, so they can begin to lead independent lives where they can thrive in their new communities and contribute positively to Coventry.
“The hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the project has already began to pay off as we’ve seen some wonderful clients go onto work for fantastic organisations such as our beloved NHS, and I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone involved on the project the very best of luck and thank you for all of your amazing work in supporting the community”.
So far, the MyCoventry project has supported over 150 refugees and migrants on a host of issues, including volunteering opportunities; paid employment; basic English language support as well as CV building, interview practise and more.
Of these 150, 24 have had employment outcomes, either paid or volunteering opportunities, including a Brazilian migrant named Maria, who has gone onto work for the NHS as a Laboratory Support Technician at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
With her success, Maria has been full of praise for the help she received. She said: “St Francis has helped me a lot and I am very grateful, particularly for the help from Julia, Phoebe and Becky, thank you.”