On Thursday 9th November the European Housing Network visited our Bristol office to learn more about our best practice work in refugee resettlement and integration.
Attendees came from Housing Associations across Europe, including Denmark, France, Sweden and The Netherlands, as well as several from other UK providers.
We presented our perspective on the resettlement and integration of refugees to them and hosted a lively roundtable discussion with Cllr. Paul Smith (Cabinet Member for Homes & Communities, Bristol City Council), Anne James (Bristol City Council), Cllr. Ruth Pickersgill (Bristol City Council & Bristol Refugee Rights), Forward Maisokwadzo (Bristol City of Sanctuary), Jacob Dunkley (Bristol City Council) and Sue Cohen (University of Bristol).
The day concluded with presentations from our careers service and support teams.
Natalie Jones, Head of New Initiatives at Accord, who helped organise the visit, said:
“Our members were impressed to learn about the evolvement of Ashley and the passion and commitment of Fuad and his team. By having the opportunity to listen to key players from the City Council and local agencies, members also acquired a level of insight to better understand the challenges and opportunities that ACH and others encounter when helping refugees resettle and integrate with host communities. #rethinkingrefugee is a campaign that members were particularly interested in and how such an approach might be applied in their own countries.”
Following the visit, our CEO has been asked to present at a conference in Stockholm, Sweden in March 2018. We will circulate details of this event in the New Year.