In the period 2016/17 4,339 people benefited from IRMO’s projects and services. Through our holistic approach and the comprehensive support that we provide, we help people to build more stable lives and integrate into British society.
2016/17 in numbers
- 452 people attended our structured ESOL classes
- 60 improved their employment situation
- 82 moved onto vocational training or further education
- 68 children took part in educational and creative activities
- 54 out of school children were placed in mainstream education
- 315 families received advice in welfare and housing
- 122 volunteers gained transferable skills and experience
- 124 local residents got stuck in to weekly gardening sessions
- 693 people supported through immigration advice and casework
- 35 women boosted their self confidence through peer support
- 101 employment rights cases supported
- 63 low-paid workers supported through Step Up
Voices of IRMO
Numbers don’t always mean very much. That’s why we would like to share Maria’s story, to show you just a little of what IRMO does:
Originally from Colombia, Maria came to London with her two children aged six and three in May 2014. Her lack of English made integrating hard; Maria soon felt lonely and depressed and didn’t know how to find a school for her children – or understand the GP when her children were ill.
Another Latin American woman told Maria about IRMO; here, she received advice and support as part of IRMO’s Family Project, and her son joined the afternoon educational activities to help him learn English, keep up his maths and literacy skills, and play with other children.
Maria also joined English classes for adults, which are specifically aimed at equipping people with the language skills they need for entering into the workplace. After six months, Maria had significantly improved her level of English, grown in confidence, and met other families.
Now her son is in school, and Maria has started to communicate with other parents and learn more about British culture; she told us that she feels empowered and ready to embrace her new life in London. Find out more about our Latin American Family Project here >>
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