RISE (Refugees into sustainable employment)



RISE is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme Apr 2017 - Dec 2019. Led by Renaisi, who are delivering a tailored programme to support refugees into sustainable employment, the services on offer include;

  • Client working as a security guardOne-to-one support from an advisor
  • Work based ESOL (delivered by The Redbridge Institute of Adult Education)
  • Accredited training e.g. Adult Social Care, Retail, Construction & Customer Service
  • A package of wellbeing activities (delivered by City & Hackney MIND)
  • Skills & employment focused workshops
  • Work place and volunteering opportunities (in partnership with Business in the Community and Volunteering Matters)
  • In work mentor support (delivered by TimeBank)
  • Participants will also have their travel costs reimbursed for activities they access outside of the borough

EaST are conducting eligibility assessments for Renaisi to engage refugees resident in Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Newham.

Who can get help from this project?

  • Refugees (people who have had a positive decision on their claim for asylum under the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees)
  • Individuals granted Humanitarian Protection (that is, not a refugee but has a well-founded fear of persecution on or at real risk of serious harm)
  • Individuals granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (on the basis of requiring medical, social or another form of assistance in the UK, other cases where return would breach the European Convention on Human Rights and other exceptional circumstances)
  • Individuals who have had a Family Reunion application approved because they are partner or child/dependent of a person granted asylum, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Asylum seekers possessing an Application Registration Card with “employment permitted” or “work allowed”
  • Refugees who are granted asylum in other EU countries and have since settled in the UK are eligible for the programme
  • Participants who self-identify as refugees even when they have been granted UK citizenship

To be eligible for the projects you must be:

  • Aged 25 or over
  • Not on the Work Programme, Work Choice or the Work and Health Programme
  • Not working and
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK and
  • Unemployed or economically inactive which includes looking after family and home

Please contact Dipa on 020 3874 4127 or dipa1@redbridgecvs.net for more information and to make a referral

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery