Actions and Detail Panel
Rethinking Refugee Conference
Wed 5 April 2017, 12:00 – 14:00 BST
The past two years have been tumultuous ones, with unprecedented numbers of refugees entering the region, further austerity measures and the Brexit vote. With further arrivals from Syria expected soon a way ahead is needed.
Ashley Community Housing will be presenting our groundbreaking approach to refugee resettlement and integration at this conference, revealing how to rethink refugees as assets rather than liabilities.
Our Rethinking Refugee programme helps refugees get into employment more quickly, saving money as well as benefiting the economy and individuals. Since 2008 we have successfully resettled over 2000 individuals from refugee backgrounds, and have been working in Wolverhampton since 2015.
Confirmed agenda is below:
12:00-12:30 - Arrival & Refreshments - lunch is provided
12:30-12:40 - Welcome & ACH Wolves Presentation
Lea Fanara (ACH Wolverhampton)
12:40-12:55 - A New Perspective on the Resettlement and Integration of Refugees
Fuad Mahamed (CEO, Ashley Community Housing)
12:55–13:25 - Discussion Panel
Cllr. Paul Sweet (Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton City Council)
Anthony Walker (Service Manager, Homeless Strategy and External Services, Wolverhampton City Council)
Kate Penman (Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary / Hope into Action)
Richard Thickpenny (Business Development Manager, Ashley Community Housing)
Chair: David Jepson (Director, Himilo Training)
13:25–13.30 - Next steps / closing remarks
Eileen Means (Vice-Chair, Ashley Community Housing)
13:30–14.00 - Networking