Mission & Background of the Unit
The Unit was established in 1994, by a consortium of funding bodies and agencies which work with refugee community organisations, including City Parochial Foundation, Thames Telethon, London Borough Grants, the Refugee Working Party and the Refugee Council.
Community Impact Project
The Community Impact Project supported RMCOs and the wider voluntary and community sector to identify better ways to work together to reach and benefit refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant communities- especially those at most risk of exclusion.
The programme of activities included training, workshops, support, and collaborative events on key themes:
Leaders Together Mentoring Project
Leaders Together was a mentoring scheme that the Evelyn Oldfield Unit ran in partnership with TimeBank. The project aimed to increase the capacity of RCOs by tapping into the knowledge of mainstream voluntary sector organisations. Leaders of RCOs were matched in one-to-one mentoring relationships with senior professionals from the voluntary sector in order to help them develop new skills, enhance networking opportunities, realise their organisation's full potential and establish new links with mainstream services.
Capacity Builders Project
Capacity Builder took the name and was funded by the the non-departmental public body which has till recently offered support to the voluntary sector. The project had the aim to support frontline Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations to access high quality generalist capacity building support through: one to one sessions, training, partnership development, information and advice and through harnessing and developing links with a range of mainstream organisations. Areas of capacity building we worked included:
Refugee Stories Project
The Refugee Stories Project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and City Parochial Foundation. It followed on from the award winning Refugee Communities History Project which ran in partnership with Evelyn Oldfield Unit, Museum of London, London Metropolitan University and 15 Refugee Community Organisations and was funded by Trust for London and the Heritage Lottery Fund.