Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Year 3 Awardee

New African-Aberdonians Connections Project

Type of initiative funded: Peer Support


Key priority area: Addressing poverty & inequality


Funding awarded: £9975


Project description:

Provide informative sessions on a monthly basis through meet and greet sessions targeted at New and existing Scot, to help the new Scots make new friends, ask for clarifications, meet other new Scots within similar circumstances, this would remove their barriers to accessing services; Provide a social gathering in the form of weekly meet-ups with New Scot to meet and interact with other new Scot where they can share their experiences; Provide general information and skill development for New Scot; Language Café to help New Scots learn how to communicate effectively with locals; Job finding Guidance – Young women from ethnic minority backgrounds always have challenges finding their ideal jobs due to differences between their existing qualifications when compared to the UK qualifications. Most of them do need to upgrade their existing qualifications but have no information how to go about it. Some, due to the restrictions of their visas, are not able to work the optimal hours required by those jobs; Sign posting, Advice & Referrals – Most new Scots have limited knowledge of what service they should access and how; what first to go for, or what next to go for.