The Brits helping refugees help Britain
This is the headline from an article from the Guardian on 11 October that brings some much needed attention to the work being done in Britain to help refugees help themselves, and mentions our exciting project, Hidden Talents; an initiative that utilises the skills and ambition of refugees working in the NHS.
Read the full article here:
The Guardian: The Brits helping refugees help Britain – 11 October 2016
Hidden Talents was successfully launched earlier this year – the first project of its kind in the UK – to work with the skills and ambitions of refugees in the NHS at a time when there is a national shortage of skilled health professionals in the UK.
We have been working in partnership with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,
Health Education England (HEE) and City of Sanctuary (CofS) to recruit 7 women onto
an apprenticeship scheme for Clinical Support Workers. One other woman has been
recruited directly as a Clinical Support Worker at the Trust. The ultimate aim is for them to
train as nurses.
We are so proud of these women and are immensely grateful to Dean Royles and his
team at the Trust; Rose McCarthy at CoS and Mike Curtis at HEE for getting us to this
We hope to roll out this project with other NHS Trusts in 2017.
“I just want to thank you for getting me involved in such a fantastic project at Leeds, with all those inspiring women! From a selfish point of view, it was just the right thing at the right time for me, and I really feel very privileged to be involved, after you have done the groundwork of setting it all up. Very exciting project, and I shall enjoy being part of it as it progresses.”
Growing Points recognises the valuable contribution that people from excluded communities wish to make.
Some of our clients are refugees who have qualified as doctors and nurses in their country of origin and we support them in their ambition to work in the NHS. We are working with NHS Trusts and Health Education England to enable this to happen at a time when there is a national shortage of skilled professionals in this country.
Across the country we have a wide range of professional people who are talented and well connected in all sorts of fields and we match them to refugees so they can support them to achieve their ambitions in many other fields.
The response in the UK to the plight of refugees, particularly from Syria, demonstrates that people want to help. Some people are meeting refugees’ immediate needs through the offer of food and clothing and others are offering accommodation. We think that there are other longer term ways to help. Why not offer your professional networks to our customers to help them achieve their ambitions in the UK?
We take referrals from organisations who have great experience of working with refugess for example the City of Sanctuary and we want to work with more of the same.
For more information please contact the Director, Jane Rennie, on 07809151595
Growing Points is a charity with ambition! Launched in 2013 we offer support to people from excluded communities to realise their ambitions.
Working with a variety of organisations we match our customers to people who have great networks which give them the opportunity to flourish.
Patrons: Marina Lewycka Lord Philip Hunt Elisabeth Bayliss
Registered charity no: 1148487 growingpoints.co.uk
Director: Jane Rennie 07809 151595 Chair: Dick Stockford