In the period 2018/19, 4,493 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.
Voices of IRMO
Numbers don’t always mean very much. That’s why we would like to share Lily’s story, to show you just a little of what IRMO does:
Lily, 17, moved to London in September 2018 after living in Spain for 9 years. Originally from Ecuador, her family migrated to Spain first and then to the UK to offer Lily the best academic opportunities. Lily and her mother visited IRMO’s Family Support Service to start the school admission process and to make sure Lily could start with activities and English while her application was being processed.
Having arrived in a new country with no friends and very little English, Lily felt that her parents’ decision to migrate to the UK was the worst thing that had happened to her. But it was that very same feeling that motivated her to participate in the Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF) activities. Attempting to address the need to integrate and settle down, Lily and her mother were signposted to our partner the Baytree Centre to access extra support services for women and girls.
From that point on, Lily changed her mind about her life in the UK. She bonded very quickly with her peers, never missed a class and proactively participated in shaping the activities of LAYF. ‘Being actively part of the project taught me to be more responsible and to feel more confident in interacting with young people of different ages and nationalities. At IRMO I made friends for life’.
After 8 weeks of individual support, classes and activities, Lily finally received a place in college and applied all of the skills learnt through LAYF in her new academic life.
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English – EULAMP Booklet: ‘Moving to the UK. What to expect‘ (2020)
Español – Guia de EULAMP: ‘Lo que necesitas saber al mudarte al Reino Unido‘ (2020)
Português – Guia EULAMP: ‘Mudando para o Reino Unido. O que esperar‘ (2020)