Latest RRF News + events

March 10th 2016: 10 members of our Health Working Group deliver 20 workshops to students of Nursing as part of Teesside University's teaching syllabus 
 
February 26th 2016: Trustee Induction
 
February 9th 2016: Exchange learning visit to Bradford Refugee Forum 
 
January 21st 2016: Co-Chair North East Migration Partership's Move on & Economic Inclusion subgroup. Agenda focused on moving on to mainstream benefits and housing options
 
January 19th 2016: organised with Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council a member of our Stronger Families Working Group (and leader of RCO Arab Asylum & Refugee Association) delivers a workshop on parenting in the UK to families resettled under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation programme.
 
January 2016: Members of our Stronger Families Working Group join Sunderland University's recruitment panel for new intake of Social Work students
 
2016
 
December 10th 2015: Our Annual General Meeting for members. 4-7pm Newcastle
 
November 30th 2015: Members of our Stronger Families Working Group will deliver a workshop on the distinctive challenges to family life faced by asylum seekers and refugees to Social Work students at Sunderland University
 
November 23rd 2015: Members of our Health Working Group will deliver a workshop to students of Public Health studying at Sunderland University exploring the distinctive health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees
 
November 13th 2015: Our members are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the North East Migration Partnership’s Voluntary & Community Sector Forum
 
November 12th 2015: Members of our Stronger Families Working Group will deliver a workshop on the distinctive challenges to family life faced by asylum seekers and refugees to Masters Social Work students at Sunderland University
 
November 5th 2015: Our Health Working Group will deliver 11 workshops to students of Nursing studying at Teesside University on the distinctive health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees and what makes a good nurse
 
October 28th 2015: Our Health Working Group is delivering workshops to Medical students at Newcastle University on the distinctive health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees
 
October 16th 2015:  Members of our Stronger Families Working Group will deliver a workshop on the distinctive challenges to family life faced by asylum seekers and refugees to Social Work students at Northumbria University
 
October 15th 2015: Members of our Community Safety Working Group will deliver a workshop on ‘The dilemma around reporting hate crime’ at the North East Race Equality Forum and Northumbria PCC Hate Crime Conference being held at Northumbria University as part of national hate crime awareness week
 
October 15th 2015: Members of our Health Working Group and RCOs from across Tyneside will meet with representatives from CCGs, Psychological services and Public Health for Newcastle and Gateshead to explore service responses to the distinctive health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees
 
October 7th 2015: Members of our Stronger Families Working Group will deliver a workshop on the distinctive challenges to family life faced by asylum seekers and refugees to Masters Social Work students at Durham University
 
October 2nd 2015:  Trustee meeting
 
September 24th 2015: We Co-ordinated and Co-Chaired the Move on & Economic Inclusion Subgroup, now formally a subgroup of the North East Migration Partnership. Its current focus is on closing the gap between ending of NASS support and access to mainstream benefits at Move on. Representatives from the DWP and HMRC worked alongside VCS agencies to review the Jobcentre Plus incident recording exercise that took place from June to September.
 
10th September 2015: Engagement Event with Cleveland Police.  Members of our Community Safety Working Group and RCO representatives from across Teesside met with Simon Nickless, Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police and Sarah Wilson from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland. Our Working Group outlined the distinctive challenges the RAS community faces around building stronger relations with the Police safety and exploring the dilemma around reporting hate crime.
 
September 7th 2015:  Engagement event with Hartlepool Healthwatch for RCO community members living in Hartlepool
 
September 1st 2015: Our Stronger Families Working Group delivered a workshop on the distinctive challenges faced by young RAS and by community activists to Masters Youth & Community Work students at Durham University
 
July 23rd (Middlesbrough) and 29th (Newcastle): Our Stronger Families Working Group worked with P J Watsons Solicitors to deliver two training workshops for RCO representativesto explore and discuss the UK’s legal and cultural approaches to Child Protection and Parenting and some of the distinctive challenges faced by Asylum Seekers and Refugee families and to identify pathways to prevent unnecessary escalation of issues and for resolution of cases where children have been taken into care
 
July 14th 2015: Engagement event for  RCO members in Sunderland  with health agencies (including staff from Healthwatch, Public Health and Psychological services) to explore service responses to the distinctive health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees
 
June 25th 2015: Some of our Health Working Group Members visited Middlesbrough Health Life Store to learn about its role in connecting public with health services
 
June 25th 2015: Peer learning visit between members of the Newcastle based British Sri Lankan Community and the Middlesbrough Tamil Education Community group to learn about setting up women’s healthy lifestyle activities in Newcastle.
 
June 15th 2015: Public event on reforming Immigration Detention in the UK. Organised in association with NERS, Detention Action and Detention Forum and hosted at Teesside University. Speakers presented findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of Immigration Detention in the UK and discussions were held on how the VCS can act to help ensure the report’s recommendations for reform are implemented.  
 
June 5th 2015: Some of our Health Working Group members met with Stockton and Middlesbrough Public Health personnel to discuss ways of refining and co-ordinating ‘health champions’ schemes
 
June 3rd 2015: Members of our Health Working Group and RCO members from across Tyneside engaged with  Newcastle Healthwatch and Gateshead Healthwatch teams to discuss distinctive health challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers and access to local health services
 
May 28th 2015: Members of our Health Working Group delivered a workshop to Masters Public Health students at Sunderland University exploring the distinctive health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees
 
May 13th 2015:  We attended the inaugural meeting of the North East Migration Partnership’s Asylum & Migration Stakeholder group.   
 
May 11th 2015: Co-ordinated and Co-Chaired the meeting of the Move on & Economic Inclusion subgroup, involving key agencies from the public and voluntary sector:
 
May 6th 2015: Workshop for RCOs in Tyneside on the rights of parents and the types of legal support and representation available to them during child protection interventions. Delivered by students from Newcastle University’s Law School as part of the Street Law programme.
 
April 28th 2015 : Health engagement workshop in partnership with County Durham Healthwatch. For RCOs to discuss their community’s health issues with the Healthwatch team and get an update on health services and policy. Help identify what isn’t working and what works, share recommendations and news about what RCO’s are doing to promote health, or what they would like to do. Members of our Health Working Group will also present key messages from our collective work. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
March 27th 2015 : Health engagement workshop in partnership with Sunderland Healthwatch. For RCOs to discuss their community’s health issues with the Healthwatch team and get an update on health services and policy. Help identify what isn’t working and what works, share recommendations and news about what RCO’s are doing to promote health, or what they would like to do. Members of our Health Working Group will also present key messages from our collective work. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
March 13th 2015 : Health engagement workshop in partnership with Stockton and Middlesbrough Healthwatch teams. For RCOs to discuss their community’s health issues and get an update on health services and policy. Help identify what isn’t working and what works, share recommendations and news about what RCO’s are doing to promote health, or what they would like to do. Members of our Health Working Group will also present key messages from our collective work. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
March 5th Our Health Working Group will deliver 10 workshops to students of Nursing at Teesside University as part of their learning on ‘The role of the nurse in improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups’. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
February 27th 2015 : North East Migration Partnership Voluntary & Community Sector Consultation Workshop, Middlesbrough. Key migration issues and recommendations for change identified in the VCS Survey conducted by the RRF will be discussed and turned into actions to inform the Migration Partnership’s work programme. The RRF has worked with Middlesbrough Council, the lead agency for the Partnership, to organise this event. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
February 26th 2015 : Visit by our Health Working Group to NHS Middlesbrough Lifestore. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
February 10th 2015: Members of our Strengthening Families Working Group met with The Children’s Society’s SMART project, which provides case work support for families in trouble. They’ll work together to produce some teaching resources for our members to use when upskilling student Social Workers and meeting with social work teams.
 
February 7th 2015: We welcome Tunde Sobitan who joins us on student placement for 2 months. Tunde is doing an MA in Youth & Community Studies at Durham University. He is available 2 days each week to support RCOs across the region to access services and support for their development and activities and will help arrange peer learning visits. RCOs can contact Tunde on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call our Middlesbrough office on 01642 232446.
 
January 30th 2015 : Our Health Working Group met to evaluate their activities and impact over the last year, and to plan their next strategic actions. Over the last 12 months the Working Group held two sub-regional engagement events and delivered upskilling workshops focused on the health needs of people who arrive seeking asylum to 590 students of Medicine and Nursing studying at Newcastle and Teesside Universities, as part of their curriculum. Written evaluation forms from students and professionals demonstrated that hearing the ‘authentic’ voice had a huge impact in challenging inaccurate or negative information and the attitudes based on them. They also showed that key messages delivered from our collective work had increased their knowledge and understanding of the particular challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees and had given them practical recommendations to apply to their professional work.  
 
January 26th 2015 : Have your voice heard by the new North East Migration Partnership. Help identify the key issues facing asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers and refugees the region, and recommend practical actions to improve things. Send us your completed survey form by February 10th. The RRF has been working with Janine Turner, the newly appointed Manager of the Partnership, to design a consultation process for the region’s RCOs and refugee assisting voluntary and community sector and those working with migrants from the EEA. The issues and actions identified in the survey will form the basis of a workshop for the VCS to be held on 27th February.
 
January 26th 2015 : The RRF co-ordinated the Migrant Economic Inclusion Subgroup meeting. This meeting welcomed two representatives from the HMRC to discuss evidence the group had sent to them about recurring blockages and delays to benefits start up during Move on. Both HMRC staff specialise in identifying process improvements within the HMRC and they identified 3 specific areas to focus on within the issues we raised. They will give us a progress update at our next meeting in April
 
January 20th 2015: Our Health Working Group contributed to consultation on urgent dental care services and pathways. The event was organised by Durham Community Action for Durham, Darlington and Tees Area Team, NHS England and captured the viewpoints of ‘vulnerable groups, communities and individuals who normally don’t have their perspectives considered’ whilst also helping to identify potential improvements. Recommendations will be made to NHS England’s Cumbria and North East senior management team.
 
January 6th 2015: As part of our on-going work with Sunderland University helping to broaden the experience, understanding and skills of Social Work students to work with refugees and asylum seeker families, the University invited our Strengthening Families Working Group members to join the panel interviewing applicants for the BA Social Work course. Nida, Sazi and Pamela will be part of the admissions process through February to April and will receive CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certificates.
 
2014

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Sunderland University
WORKSHOP DELIVERED BY OUR STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP
to BA Social Work students at Sunderland University as part of their module ‘Social Work Theories and Models’
Our team will present evidence on the specific situation that parents who are Asylum Seekers, refused Asylum Seekers or Refugees face in bringing up their children here in the UK, what makes a ‘good’ Social Worker, and what can go wrong.
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Thursday 27th November 2014 Middlesbrough 5pm - 7pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) 2014
Members only event. Our Trustees will present the organisation's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-2014 and our Working Groups on Strengthening Families, Community Safety, Health and Economic Inclusion will update members about their activities and achievements and plans for the future.

 

Monday 24th November 2014 10 am to 1pm Teesside University Centre for Enterprise, Middlesbrough
MISSING LINK WOMEN'S ENTERPRISE PROJECT FINALE  The culmination of our year long programme unlocking the entrepreneurial ambitions of women from across our membership and linking them to business support and networks across the region. A panel of small business owners and other specialists will share their experiences, expertise and knowledge. We will celebrate the learning journeys our members have taken as aspiring entrepreneurs with the awarding of certificates by Kiersten Avery, Assistant Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law. This event is one a series of initiatives delivered in partnership with the RRF as part of Teesside University’s continuing commitment to reaching new communities to promote routes to learning (see film of previous examples of our collaborative work). Our Missing Link project has been supported by a grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative. Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480

 

Wednesday 19th November 2014 10am to 1pm
MEMBERS’ MEETING WITH THE HOME OFFICE. For RCOs based in Tees Valley.
The agenda will cover Active review (renewal of Leave to remain), Asylum cases (including backlog and Legacy cases), returns and AVR, Asylum support and then general questions. As part of the Home Office Stakeholder and Community Engagement process, Home Office staff will give our members an update about recent changes and clarify information about policy and practice. And our members will give ‘customer feedback’ on their experience of services and impact of policies. This meeting is for members only so please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M 0791876568 for more information.
 

Thursday 6th November 2014 Teesside University
WORKSHOP DELIVERED BY OUR HEALTH WORKING GROUP
12 members of our health working group will share specific and additional challenges to health and to accessing health services by asylum seekers and refugees with students of Nursing at Teesside University as part of their pre-registration Nursing curriculum at the University’s School of Health and Social Care
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Monday 3rd November 2014 10 am to 1pm The Hub, Middlesbrough
OPEN ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP: NETWORKS AND CLUBS FOR BUSINESSES
Going it alone doesn’t mean doing everything on your own. Find how local and regional business networks and clubs can help you and how can you help them. Part of our ‘Missing Link’ enterprise programme which is supported by a grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative.
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Wednesday 29th October 2014 Newcastle University
WORKSHOP DELIVERED BY OUR HEALTH WORKING GROUP
16 member of our health working group will share specific and additional challenges to health and to accessing health services faced by asylum seekers and refugees to students of Medicine at Newcastle university. Organised in association with HAREF (Health & Race Equality Forum)
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Monday 13th October 2014 10am to 1pm, The Hub, Middlesbrough
OPEN ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP: USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN YOUR BUSINESS
invited speakers will share their own experience of how they use social media to develop and organise their business, what worked and anything that didn’t work so well. Part of our ‘Missing Link’ enterprise programme which is supported by a grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative.
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Thursday 9th October 2014 1pm to 3pm at Sunderland University
WORKSHOP DELIVERED BY RRF STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP
to MA Social Work students at Sunderland University as part of their module ‘Preparing for Practice’.
Our team will present evidence on the specific situation that parents who are Asylum Seekers, refused Asylum Seekers or Refugees face in bringing up their children here in the UK, what makes a ‘good’ Social Worker, and what can go wrong.
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Monday 29th September 2014 10 am to 1pm, The Hub, Middlesbrough
OPEN ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP: INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Exporting and Importing. Invited speakers will talk about the rules, regulations and opportunities, freight operations, different types of business funding available, and success stories. Part of our ‘Missing Link’ enterprise programme which is supported by a grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative.
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Wednesday 24th September 2014 10am to 12 noon, and from 3pm to 5pm in Middlesbrough
And again on
Thursday 25th September 2014 10am to 1pm in central Newcastle
HEARING YOUR EVIDENCE ABOUT IMMIGRATION DETENTION IN THE UK
Can you help contribute evidence to the first ever Parliamentary Inquiry on Immigration Detention?. Organised in partnership with The Detention Forum, these sessions are for refugees and asylum seekers living in the North East who are willing to share their experience of detention in the UK and the impact it’s had on their lives. The Parliamentary Inquiry specifically wants to hear the voices of those who have experienced immigration detention themselves – either in detention centres, removal centres or in prison. All personal and identifying details will be removed from the report submitted to the Inquiry, so identities will remain anonymous.
More info: The Parliamentary Inquiry http://detentioninquiry.com/. The Detention Forum http://detentionforum.wordpress.com/ Detention Action www.detentionaction.org.uk
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Tuesday 16th September 2014 2pm to 5pm Design Works, Gateshead
QUARTERLY MEETING OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Monday 15th September 2014 10am to 1pm at The Hub, Middlesbrough
OPEN ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP: STARTING A FOOD BUSINESS
Meet people and organisations who can help you understand the rules and regulations for starting a business with a flavour. Part of our ‘Missing Link’ enterprise programme which is supported by a grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative. You will hear from:
• Wayne from Middlesbrough Council, who will talk about rules and regulations relating to health & hygiene
• Sophie from Middlesbrough College will talk about courses relevant to food and food business
• Sal who set up the Tasty Thai Deli
• Victor who has set up Wigawagaa
Even if you are not starting a food business, they will share useful information about how to get started in business.
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Tuesday 2nd September 2014 10.30 to 12.30 Durham University
WORKSHOP DELIVERED BY RRF STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP
To MA Community and Youth Work, MA Managing Community Practice and MA Managing Youth Work Practice students at Durham University.
Nisha, Nida, Pamela, Saziso and Jugal will discuss the specific challenges faced by young people, parents and families within the asylum process and the particular challenges of community based action and community leadership.
 

 
Thursday 21st August, Design Works, Gateshead
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP MEETING
Planning meeting to design training to be delivered at Durham University in September
 
Thursday 10th July 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1)
Wise Women session

 

Thursday 10th July 1pm to 3pm, Design Works, Gateshead
EVALUATION MEETING FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY WORKING GROUP
For members to evaluation their performance at our Regional Community Safety Engagement Event of 2nd July and assess what worked and what could be improved. We will analyse the evaluation sheets completed by members and agency representatives attending the event and then identify offers and recommendations arising from the event and plan follow up actions.
 
Tuesday 8th July 10am to 12 noon. Newport Settlement Centre, Middlesbrough
EVALUATION MEETING FOR MEMBERS OF THE HEALTH WORKING GROUP
For members to evaluation their performance at our Regional Health Engagement Event of 11th June and assess what worked and what could be improved. We will analyse the evaluation sheets completed by members and agency representatives attending the event and then identify offers and recommendations arising from the event and plan follow up actions.
 
Monday 7th July 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Workshop 4: Learning from the experience of others who have set up a business.
Gloria, Director of NELGLO Ltd and Thelma, Director of Cafe Nobia will share their experiences of setting up and growing their businesses.
Alex Joel, Project Officer Enterprising Libraries Tees Valley, will come to talk to you about  access to a wide range of free resources and information located within the central libraries across the Tees Valley to help support the development of business ideas.
 
 
 
Wednesday 2nd July 2014 10am – 12.30pm Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre
ENGAGING THE COLLECTIVE VOICE OF RRF MEMBERS WITH THE COMMUNITY SAFETY SECTOR
We have organised this event for our Safety Working Group members and RCO reps to meet with invited representatives from
• the region’s 3 police forces
• offices of the Police & Crime Commissioners
• Crown Prosecution Service
• Local Authority community safety partnerships and education departments
Representatives of our Safety Working Group will give practical examples of good practice engaging with the refugee & asylum seeker community on Safety issues before we break into round table discussion groups to address key issues identified by our membership impacting on the safety of their members. Agencies will also present details of their community engagement processes and planning schedule.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Herbert
E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T: 01642 232 446 M: 07918 765 658
 
 
Monday 30th June 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Wise Women session
 
 
Wednesday 25th June 2014 9:30-12:00 Newport Settlement Centre, Middlesbrough
HEALTHWATCH COMMUNITY EVENT
An engagement event organised by Middlesbrough Healthwatch with the RRF. Healthwatch can help you find out about health and social care services in your area. They are there to listen to you and make sure your voice is heard by the people who are commissioning the services you use. They are currently looking at Weight Management services and Talking Therapies and need your views on how easy you find these services to access.
Please come along and find out more about Healthwatch and how they can help you and how you can become members and be involved.
Please confirm your attendance with Herbert by calling 07918765658 or emailing him on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Tuesday 24th June 2014 10am to 12 noon. Design Works, Gateshead
COMMUNITY SAFETY WORKING GROUP
Rehearsal for members in preparation for the regional community safety engagement event
 
Monday 23rd June 2014 2pm to 5pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
QUARTERLY MEETING OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
Monday 23rd June 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Wise Women session
 
 
Monday 16 June 2014, 1.00pm – 3.00pm Centuria South, Teesside University, Middlesbrough
REFUGEE WEEK EVENT
FILM PREMIERE!  CELEBRATING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE REFUGEE COMMUNITY
To celebrate Refugee Week, Teesside University and the Regional Refugee Forum North East would like to invite you to the University to watch a short film celebrating their partnership. Watch the film
Over the past year the partnership has helped new members of the community to navigate their way through the UK education system and provided opportunities to engage with the University. Community members, colleagues from support organisations, students and staff of the University are all invited to share cake and coffee at Centuria South. Michael Lavery, Assistant Chief Executive, Teesside University and Herbert Dirahu,  Project Manager, Regional Refugee Forum will open proceedings by welcoming all visitors and premiering a short film which celebrates the various facets of the partnership.Visitors can then join in refreshments and informal discussions to learn more about the wider community and the University’s role in this, and future plans.
 
 
Monday June 16th 2014 11am to 1pm Newcastle City Library
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Guided visit of The Business & IP Centre at Newcastle City Library.
The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is designed to support entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Luke Burton, the Centre Manager, will guide members around the facilities.
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Monday June 16th 2014 11am to 1pm
Newcastle City Library, New Bridge Street West
Newcastle NE1 8AX
 
 
Thursday 12th June 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1)
 
 
Wednesday 11th June 2014 09.30 – 12.30, St Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2RW
ENGAGING THE COLLECTIVE VOICE OF ITS MEMBERS WITH THE HEALTH SECTOR
We have organised this event for our Health Working Group members and RCO reps to meet with invited representatives from
• the region’s Healthwatch organisations
• Local Authority Public Health departments
Representatives of our Health Working Group will give practical examples of good practice engaging with the refugee & asylum seeker community on health issues before we break into round table groups to discuss the health issues our working group have identified as currently of most concern to the membership, for all to discuss and identify potential solutions. Agencies will also present and discuss details of their community engagement processes.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Herbert
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Monday 9th June 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Workshop 3: Finding the money!.
Invited speakers from investment and funding bodies will talk about the different types of business funding available, and how they make their decisions about what to fund. Speakers include
• Scott Mcglasson from Nat West Business Banking
• Chris Butler from Five Lamps enterprise agency
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Wednesday 4th June 12 noon to 2pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
HEALTH WORKING GROUP
Rehearsal for members in preparation for the regional health engagement event
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Monday 2nd June 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Wise Women session
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Friday 30th May 2014 10am to 12 noon. Design Works, Gateshead
COMMUNITY SAFETY WORKING GROUP
Rehearsal for members in preparation for the regional community safety engagement event
 
 
Wednesday 28th May 12 noon to 2pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
HEALTH WORKING GROUP
Rehearsal for members in preparation for the regional health engagement event
Contact Herbert on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765658
 
 
Friday 23rd May 2014 10.30 to 12.30 Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place,.  Newcastle NE1 7BJ
MEETING OF THE REGIONAL MIGRANT ECONOMIC INCLUSION SUB-GROUP OF THE NORTH EAST MIGRATION NETWORK
Co-Chaired by Regional Refugee Forum and North East Polish Community Organisation
 
 
Tuesday 20th May 2014 2pm to 4pm Design Works, Gateshead
COMMUNITY SAFETY WORKING GROUP
Rehearsal for members in preparation for the regional community safety engagement event
 
 
 Monday 19th May 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Workshop 3: Exploring the process and steps of Business Planning
 
 
Thursday 15th May 2014 10am – 12 noon Middlesbrough
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES – SOCIAL WORK TEAM MEETING
Evaluation of the workshop the group delivered at national SWAN (Social Work Action Conference) on April 11th and planning follow up actions and next steps
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Monday 12th May 2014 10am to 1pm Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 2)
Introductory session for members of our 2nd cohort.
Meet Karen Langdon and John O’Brien, the business development experts who will be delvering the training . And members of Cohort 1, who started on the programme in November 2013, will talk to you about their experience and explain how it has helped them
 
 
Thursday 8th May 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1)
Wise Women session
 
 
Wednesday 30th April 2014 10 am to 12 noon, Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
MEETING OF MEMBERS’ HEALTH WORKING GROUP
To review evidence of the specific and additional issues relating to health identified by the membership and evidence of good practice for our regional Health engagement event.
 
 
Monday 14th April 2014 10.30 am to 12.30, Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
MEETING OF MEMBERS’ COMMUNITY SAFETY WORKING GROUP
To review evidence of the specific and additional issues relating to safety in the community identified by the membership and evidence of good practice for our regional Community Safety engagement event.
 
 
Friday 11th April 2014 Durham University
WORKSHOP ON GOOD PRACTICE IN SOCIAL WORK WITH REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS, DELIVERED BY OUR STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP
SWAN 9th National Conference, 11th - 12th April 2013: Social Work in a ‘cold climate’: fighting for good practice in times of austerity (Social Work Action Network)
Workshop title: What factors can contribute towards making effective and appropriate Social Work interventions? The experience of parents who are asylum seekers and refugees
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Wednesday 9th April 2014 10.30am– 1.30pm, Design Works, Gateshead
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP MEETING
Meeting of our Working Group members to rehearse for sessions they will deliver to students of Social Work at Sunderland University next week.
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Wednesday 2nd April 2014 10am – 12 noon Middlesbrough
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP MEETING
Evaluation of training the group delivered at Sunderland University on 13th March; planning for workshop to be delivered at national SWAN (Social Work Action Network)
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Monday 31st March 3pm to 6pm Design Works, Gateshead
QUARTERLY MEETING OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
 
Thursday 13th March 2014 10am – 3p Sunderland University
PRESENTATION BY OUR STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP TO STUDENTS OF SOCIAL WORK
Presenting evidence on the specific situation that parents who are Asylum Seekers, refused Asylum Seekers or Refugees face in bringing up their children here in the UK and what makes a ‘good’ Social Worker, and what can go wrong.
Contact Georgina on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765658
 
 
Thursday 13th March 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Tyne & Wear)
Wise Women session
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480
 
 
12th March 2014 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm Clarendon Building, Teesside University
TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY FOR RRF MEMBERS
Do you think you might want to return to study as an adult? Find out about under-graduate and post-graduate degree courses, entry requirements and funding
At this Open Day you will be able to meet subject/academic school representatives from Teesside University who can talk to you about all the courses available and the entry requirements on a one-to-one basis. Student Services will also be available to talk about student fees and funding.
Refreshments will be available in the University Lounge for community members to meet one another during their visit and access additional support and advice
If you’re unsure about which course could be suitable for you, Uni staff will sign post you to the appropriate subject staff to talk to. They’ll also provide the following additional resources:
• NARIC comparisons – bring along your qualifications from your home country and find out how these compare to UK qualifications
• Local colleges/English language course providers will be available to talk about the courses they have available
• A session on how status as a Refugee or as an Asylum Seeker status might affect funding and opportunities. This will include advice on what someone can be doing while they are waiting for their status decision.
For more information please contact Herbert
E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T: 01642 232 446 M: 07918 765 658
 
 
Monday 10th March 2014 Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, Tatham Street, Sunderland SR1 2QD
MEMBERS’ MEETING – Tyne & Wear
Trustees and staff will update members on current and future work, and outline the ways you can contribute your community’s voice to our collective action. All RCO reps welcome.
The Agenda will cover:
·         Training delivered by members to increase the knowledge and competencies of service providers
·         Developing members’ Working Groups on key issues
·         Tackling the delays in accessing benefits when granted Leave to Remain
·         The work of the North East Migration Network
·         The Missing Link: Business start up and enterprise project for women members
·         Using new social media tools to identify the impact of ‘zero hours’ contracts and vulnerable employment
·         RCO capacity building
·         Your questions,  comments and recommendations
And Amer Ratkusic from NERS (North of England Refugee) will join us to explain about the ending of the One Stop Service in April and the start of the new Consolidated Advisory Service, which will be delivered by Migrant Help. Followed by discussion
Please contact Georgina to confirm attendance
 
 
Thursday 6th March 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1)
Workshop 4: Learning from the experience of others who have set up a business.
Gloria, Director of NELGLO Ltd will share her experience of setting up and growing her successful clothes recycling businesses.
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480


Wednesday 5th March 2014 10am – 12 noon, Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP MEETING
Meeting of our Working Group members to rehearse for sessions they will deliver to students of Social Work at Sunderland University next week.
Contact Georgina on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480
 

Monday 3rd March 2014, 10.15 to 12.30 Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
MEMBERS’ MEETING - Teesside
Trustees and staff will update members on current and future work, and outline the ways you can contribute your community’s voice to our collective action. All RCO reps welcome.  The Agenda will cover:
·         Training delivered by members to increase the knowledge and competencies of service providers
·         Developing members’ Working Groups on key issues
·         Tackling the delays in accessing benefits when granted Leave to Remain
·         The work of the North East Migration Network
·         The Missing Link: Business start up and enterprise project for women members
·         Using new social media tools to identify the impact of ‘zero hours’ contracts and vulnerable employment
·         RCO capacity building
·         Your questions,  comments and recommendations
And Pete Widlinski from NERS (North of England Refugee) will join us to explain about the ending of the One Stop Service in April and the start of the new Consolidated Advisory Service, which will be delivered by Migrant Help. Followed by discussion
Please contact Herbert to confirm attendance
 
 
Thursday 27th February 2014 11am – 1pm Newcastle City Library
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1)
Guided visit of The Business & IP Centre at Newcastle City Library.
The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is designed to support entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Luke Burton, the Centre Manager, will guide members around the facilities.
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 079187654


Wednesday 26th February 2014 10am – 12 noon, Newport Centre, Middlesbrough
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WORKING GROUP MEETING
First meeting of members who volunteered to join our new Strengthening Families Working Group. The focus will be on planning the content, format and roles for two training sessions to be delivered by the working group members to students of Social Work at Sunderland University.
Contact Georgina on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480


Tuesday 18th February 2014 10am to 1pm St Mary’s Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Teesside)
Wise Women session
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480


Thursday 13th February 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Tyne & Wear)
Wise Women session
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480
  

Wednesday 12th February 2014 11am to 1pm then Lunch. At Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, Tatham Street, Sunderland
WORKSHOP FOR RCO REPRESENTATIVES: SOCIAL WORK SUPPORT AND INTERVENTIONS
If you have
·         evidence to share about the particular challenges that impact on family life amongst your membership
·         something to say about support your community members receive from Social Workers or Social Services
·         ideas how they could improve their work with your community
·         views about what key messages need to be delivered in training to those delivering services
Then please come and join other RRF members and share and compare your community’s experience – both good and bad - and help identify recommendations for what makes a ‘good’ and effective Social Worker
Please contact Georgina or Herbert by February 7th for more information or to confirm your attendance
 
 
Thursday February 6th 2014 10am to 1pm, Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Tyne & Wear)
Workshop 3: Finding the money!.

Open to all RRF members. Do you want to know more about the different types of financial help there is for starting up a business? Or for becoming self-employed?. If you’re interested in starting a business or becoming self employed and want to know more about who could provide money to help you start, then come and hear experts from agencies and financial institutions providing access to enterprise funding present information, take part in discussion and answer your questions. Speakers include:
• Melissa Middleton, PNE Enterprise Programme Manager and
• Clare Dobson, Business Banking Specialist at Nat West Bank
They will speak about the different forms of financial support available for business start up how they make their decisions about what to fund
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480
This event is part of the Regional Refugee Forum’s Missing Link project, a year-long programme supporting women from our member organisations who want to develop businesses & self employment opportunities.
‘Missing Link’ Supported by a grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative


Tuesday 4th February 2014 10am to 1pm St Mary’s Centre, Middlesbrough
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Teesside)
Workshop 3: Finding the money!.

Invited speakers from investment and funding bodies will talk about the different types of business funding available to people wanting to start their own business or become self-employed. They will also talk about how they make their decisions about what to fund. Speakers include Chris Butler from Five Lamps enterprise agency. All RRF members welcome.
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480
  

Thursday 30th January 2014 3pm - 6pm Design Works, Gateshead
QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
 
Tuesday 28th January 2014 5:00pm to 6:30pm at The Hub, Newport Settlement centre, Middlesbrough TS1 5NQ
PARENT’S INFORMATION EVENT
• Are you a parent with children at school here?
• Do you want to understand more about how the English school system works?
• And how to access funding for your children to study at College or University?
We have worked with Teesside University to organise an event to promote understanding the English school system, education choices, support available and options beyond school Abbie English from Teesside University will be here to talk to parents of school age children about:
• how the English education system works
• when key decisions need to be made about education choices
• and what support is available
• options beyond school – access to higher education
She will also provide an introduction to the range of qualifications available after school, both to school leavers and adults.
Steve Brown, North East England Adviser from Student Finance England will also be here to answer your questions about what funding is available to support your children to study at College or University.
For the children…Throughout the event Matt Anderson and students from the University will be running a fun, creative session in a separate room for the younger guests. All school aged children are very welcome!
If you have any specific questions on education you would like to ask, please let Herbert know in advance so we can make sure we get answers for you.
For more information and to confirm attendance please contact Herbert on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765658
 
 
Monday 27th January 2014 2pm to 4pm Hosted by Jobcentre Plus at Cathedral Square, Newcastle
MEETING OF THE REGIONAL MIGRANT ECONOMIC INCLUSION SUB-GROUP OF THE NORTH EAST MIGRATION NETWORK
Co-Chaired by Regional Refugee Forum and North East Polish Community Organisation
 
 
Thursday 23rd January 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Tyne & Wear)
Wise Women session
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480


Tuesday 21st January 2014 10am to 1pm St Mary’s Centre, Middlesbrough
MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Teesside)
Wise Women session
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480


Tuesday 14th January 2014 10am to 1pm St Mary’s Centre, Middlesbrough
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Teesside)
Workshop 2: Exploring the process and steps of Business Planning
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480


Thursday 9th January 2014 10am to 1pm Design Works, Gateshead
‘MISSING LINK’ WOMEN MEMBERS’ ENTERPRISE PROJECT (Cohort 1 Tyne & Wear)
Workshop 2: Exploring the process and steps of Business Planning
Contact Georgina This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it M: 07918765480
 

2013
 
Thursday 16th May 2013 12 noon to 4pm, The Castlegate Centre, Newcastle
AWARD for RRF!
RRF IS AWARDED OUTSTANDING SMALLER ORGANISATION AT THE
10 years after it was created by the region’s refugee led community groups, the Regional Refugee Forum North East’s achievements in bringing their collective voice to the attention of decision makers and engaging the community in change activity has been recognised in this prestigious award. Watch 3 minute film about the RRF shown at the awards ceremony.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012
 
Thursday 8th November 2012, 10.00-12.30 The Castlegate Centre,Melbourne Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne.NE1 2JQ
 ‘How the Collective Voice of the North East region’s Refugee & Asylum Seeker Community is being heard in Policy and Practice 2011-12
Trustees and Members of the Regional Refugee Forum North East will present a summary and practical examples of the work and achievements of the organisation over the last year to demonstrate how engagement is contributing to the integration of the region’s refugee and asylum seeker community. They will do so alongside some of our partners in this work, including from the region’s Universities, EHRC and Police and Health Authorities. Invitees include the region’s funding bodies, development agencies, service providers, equalities organisations, and public authorities and UKBA.
Booking is required to attend this Event. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Thursday October 18th  2012, 12.00 – 15.00 WMNT Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough TS1 5BR
Members Meeting  with Pete Widlinski and Amer Ratkusic from NERS (North of England Refugee Service) to discuss
·         How RCOs can support their members to raise issues about the Housing and support they receive from the UKBA
·         Update on how the One Stop Service is operating after the cuts imposed on the service, and its impact on your community
 
Thursday 11th October 2012, 9.30am until 1.30pm at Hancock Museum, Newcastle
RRF are hosting an Art focused regional network event in partnership with Platforma. This is an opportunity for RCO’s from across the region to meet with a wide range of service providers, community projects and funders and to raise ideas, queries and issues relating to the arts and art activities as well as inform them about their own project or community group.
For further information contact Louise on 0191 4236255 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Friday 5th October 2012 10.00-12.30 at Open Door, Melbourne House, Middlesbrough
 
 
Friday 28th September 2012 6.30pm Friday 28th September 2012 The Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough
AWARD FOR RRF!
RRF WINS COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR AWARD AT TEES VALLEY BME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2012
“This year’s winner of the Community Organisation has supported, advised and successfully integrated communities in exile from across the world. Their Collective Voice to local and regional policy makers and service providers has contributed to form a sound evidence base to implement policy, practices and positive outcomes”

 

Thursday 20th September 2012, 10am until 12.30pm, Gateshead Civic Centre, Bewick Suite.
Tyneside Economic Inclusion Event
An opportunity for RCO’s to get their voices heard and projects known as well as learn about services, training and employment prospects relating to economic inclusion. Service providers include JCP, P2W, JET, Bridge. RCO’s include 4C’s, FIAYC, Sri Lankan Community, GRESNET, Culture & Diversity NE. For further information contact Louise on 0191 4236255 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

 
Friday 14th September 2012, 10am until 12.30pm at Design Works
African Continent Meeting- An opportunity for all participants, RCO’s and African focused projects to discuss what they share in common but also what makes each project unique and identify where the gaps are in community focused or needed projects and services
For further information contact Louise on 0191 4236255 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Thursday 13th September 2012, 10.30am until 12 noon at Design Works
Tyneside open discussion with a qualified clinical psychologist regarding Refugees and Asylum Seekers views relating to mental health, barriers to seeking appropriate support and ideas for service improvements
For further information contact Louise on 0191 4236255 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Tuesday  11th September 2012 4.30-7pm Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre
RRF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
Contact: Georgina on 07918765480 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

Friday 7th September 2012 1.30-4.15pm Newport Settlement Centre, Middlesbrough
Equality Act Training
Learn how your RCO can act to challenge inequality and discrimination.
Engagement and the Public Sector Equality Duty: improving services for Refugees in relation to safety in the community and health
Delivered by: Mark Wright of The Equality and Human Rights Commission
More info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 07918765663

 

Thursday 6th September 2012, 10am until 12 noon Newcastle Civic Centre
Tyneside Equality Act 2010 training 
Training from Mark Wright of the Equalities & Human Rights Commission about the benefits of and how to positively use the Equality Act and its protected characteristics from a RAS perspective.
For further information contact Louise on 0191 4236255 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Wednesday 5th September 2012; 10 am – 12.45pm The Place, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland
How your RCO can act to challenge inequality and discrimination
Training session on understanding and applying the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty:
Delivered by: Mark Wright of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel: 07423430591

 
Thursday 30th August 2012 12-3pm (with lunch) Open Door, Middlesbrough
Tees Valley Network Event
Presentations from Tyne & Wear RCOs/ Info on RRF AGM (11th Sept)/ Update on Still Human Still Here Campaign
More info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  07918765663
 
Tuesday 29th August 2012 12 noon - 2pm Committee room 6, Civic Centre, Sunderland
Members consultation with Sunderland Council
Come and have your voice heard about the issues affecting your community.
Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel: 07423430591

Wednesday 15th August 2012 4pm to 6pm St Mary's Centre, Sunderland
Wearside RCO`s Peer Learning Network Event
RCOs from Newcastle, Teesside and Gateshead attending the network events are:
• Integration Gate:
• SACA
• FIAYC
• ACANE
• 4CS
• and FRIENDS OF THE DROP IN
RCOs from Tyneside and Teesside will make presentation on their experiences and challenges of setting up and managing their organisation and take questions from members, after which there will be networking and food.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 07423430591
 

 
Wednesday 18th July 2012 9:45 -12 noon (with lunch afterwards). Sunderland Civic Centre
GOVERNANCE MASTER CLASS: LEARN TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE MEMBER OR TRUSTEE
Expert interactive training for you to gain the skills and confidence to make a difference as a trustee or member of the organisations you belong to, and of the RRF. Sandy Ogilvie will share over 20 years experience of running and observing organisations in the voluntary and community sector. He has extensive experience as a not for profit CEO, a non executive director, a charity trustee and will share hints, tips and best practice to help you understand and maximize your role as a trustee and member of an organisation.
Contact Sam for more information.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   0191 423 6255 or 07423430591
 
 
Tuesday 17th July 2012 10 -12 noon (with lunch afterwards) Newcastle Civic Centre
GOVERNANCE MASTER CLASS: LEARN TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE MEMBER OR TRUSTEE
Expert interactive training for you to gain the skills and confidence to make a difference as a trustee or member of the organisations you belong to, and the RRF. Sandy Ogilvie will share over 20 years experience of running and observing organisations in the voluntary and community sector. He has extensive experience as a not for profit CEO, a non executive director, a charity trustee and will share hints, tips and best practice to help you understand and maximize your role as a trustee and member of an organisation.
Contact Louise for more information. 0191 423 6255 or 07918765660  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Thursday 12th July 2012 5pm to 7pm The Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil) 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle 
Exchange visit to the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle
Learning and encouraging the writing and poem group, all welcome to join, places are limited
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Mob: 07423430591 
  
 
Wednesday 4th July 2012 9.30am-12.30pm Gateshead Civic Centre, Lamesly Suite
Tyneside Advocacy Network Event
A range of information from Service providers who deliver advocacy. Attendance from GAIN, Nexus, Independent Advocacy North Tyneside, Student Law Service, Mental Health Matters, ICAS.
For more information contact Louise  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Mob: 07918765660
 
 
Saturday 23rd June 2012 1pm to 4pm Living Waters Church, Alice street, South Tyneside NE33 5PB
Refugee Week Celebration PROMOTING and RAISING AWARENESS:
Arts & Culture, Fire Safety, Community Cohesion
FREE ACTIVITIES AND FOOD
Come and celebrate the refugee week with us! 
There will be lots of fun activities including dancing, henna painting, craft activities, face painting, and lots more!  Delicious food will also be served
For more information, contact:Sam Dore on:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 01914236255 or 07423430591
 
 
Friday 15th June 2012 10 -12 noon Open Door, Melbourne House, Middlesbrough
GOVERNANCE MASTER CLASS: LEARN TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE MEMBER OR TRUSTEE
Expert interactive training for you to gain the skills and confidence to make a difference as a trustee or member of the organisations you belong to, and the RRF. Sandy Ogilvie will share over 20 years experience of running and observing organisations in the voluntary and community sector. He has extensive experience as a not for profit CEO, a non executive director, a charity trustee and will share hints, tips and best practice to help you understand and maximize your role as a trustee and member of an organisation.
Contact Andrew for more information.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   01642 232446 or 07918765663 
 
 
Thursday 14th June 2012 1-3pm British Red Cross, 2 Thornaby Place, Stockton, TS17 6BN
Everyday First Aid Training
The RRF has facilitated training for RCOs in Tees Valley with the Red Cross. Spaces are limited to 15 places per session.
Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  07918765663
 
 
Thursday 7th June 2012 10am until 1pm Design Works, Felling
Get Mentoring – An Introduction for Business Mentoring
Speak to T&D worker, Louise Harlanderson Contact Mobile: 07918 765 660
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Friday 1st June 2012 3-5pm ACANE Centre, 1 Raby Cross,  Byker, Newcastle, NE6 2FF
Film & Food Night
Come and hear feedback about the consultation carried out by Durham, Northumbria and Teesside Universities with refugee communities around RACE, CRIME and JUSTICE. There will also be a showing of a film by Prof Jan Haaken called Moving to the Beat about community activists in USA and Sierra Leone. African food will be provided.
Contact: Sam Dore (07423430591) or Louise Harlanderson (07918 765 660)
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Wednesday 30th May 2012, 1:30pm to 3:30pm St Mary's Church, Sunderland
Oral Health Workshop 
Delivering the workshop is Victoria Dawson from Oral Health Promoter South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust 
Everyone welcome 
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel: 07423430591
 
 
Friday 25th May 5-7pm Open Door, Melbourne House, Middlesbrough, TS1 5QH
Film & Food Night
Come and hear feedback about the consultation carried out by Durham, Northumbria and Teesside Universities with refugee communities around RACE, CRIME and JUSTICE. There will also be a showing of a film by Prof Jan Haaken called Moving to the Beat about community activists in USA and Sierra Leone. West African food will be provided.
Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  07918765663
 
 
Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 10.30am-12.30pm  British Red Cross, 2 Thornaby Place, Stockton, TS17 6BN
Everyday First Aid Training
The RRF has facilitated training for RCOs in Tees Valley with the Red Cross. Spaces are limited to 15 places per session.
Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  07918765663
 
 
Wednesday 16th May 2012 12-2.30pm Waterhouse Building, Teesside University, Middlesbrough
Tees Valley Network Event - Accessing Education
Confirmed attendance: Teesside University, Middlesbrough College, Stockton Riverside College, Tees Achieve, Middlesbrough Community Learning
More info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  07918765663
 
 
Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 9.30am until 12.30pm Gateshead Civic Centre
Tyneside Community Safety Networking Event
Speak to T&D worker, Louise Harlanderson Contact Mobile: 07918 765 660 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Friday 27th April 2012, 2pm-4.30pm Open Door, Melbourne House, Middlesbrough, TS1 5QH
Training on Advocacy and Campaigning skills
Delivered by Mike Kaye, Advocacy Manager of the national Still Human Still Here campaign   
Speak to T&D worker, Andrew Jackson Contact Mobile: 07918765663 Office: 01642232446 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Friday 27th April 2012, 10.00am – 12.30pm  Sunderland Civic Centre Committee Room 2
Training on Advocacy and Campaigning skills
Delivered by Mike Kaye, Advocacy Manager of the national Still Human Still Here campaign   
speak to T&D worker, Sam Dore Contact Mobile: 07423430591 Office: 01914236255 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Thursday 26th April 2012, 1.30pm – 3.30pm The Castlegate, Newcastle upon Tyne
Training on Advocacy and Campaigning Skills
Delivered by Mike Kaye, Advocacy Manager of the national Still Human Still Here Campaign  manager 
Speak to T&D worker, Louise Harlanderson Contact Mobile: 07918 765 660 Office: 0191 4236255 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Wednesday 25th April 2012, 1pm until 3pm Victim Support, in Gateshead
Upskilling Training on the asylum process
Delivered by RRF member Liliane Lengoleme of Mamas Rise Up
Speak to T&D worker, Louise Harlanderson Contact Mobile: 07918 765 660 Office: 0191 4236255 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Wednesday 25th April 2012, 10am until 12 noon Design Works in Felling
Legal structures training, delivered by Student Law Centre
Speak to T&D worker, Louise Harlanderson Contact Mobile: 07918 765 660 Office: 0191 4236255 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Monday 23rd April 2012, 10am until 11am GVOC, in Gateshead
Upskilling Training on the asylum process
Delivered by RRF member Liliane Lengoleme of Mamas Rise Up
Speak to T&D worker, Louise Harlanderson Contact Mobile: 07918 765 660 Office: 0191 4236255 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Thurs 29th March 2012, 12 -2.30pm Marlborough House, 30-32 Yarm Road, Stockton
Network event for Tees Valley members: Health 
Networking event for Tees Valley RCOs with agencies/orgs focusing on Health. 
Confirmed attendance: Middlesbrough & Stockton LINks, NHS Tees, BME Diabetes Project, Sustain.
More info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  07918765663