Myself and Matilda attended the second transnational meeting for the Revalue project in Budapest in the middle of November.
ACH are working on this project alongside partners from four European countries; Germany, Italy, France and Hungary. The Revalue project is seeking to support refugees to access higher-level employment opportunities comparable to those they had in their countries of origin. We are working to create a toolkit which will assess refugees prior experience and attainments in order to provide them with a certified portfolio to present to potential employers. We will also be running short courses to facilitate the exploration of formal and non-formal experience(s).
This project will complement our existing #rethinkingrefugee campaign and help us support refugees to use the skills they have brought with them to become assets to their new communities. Sustainable and rewarding employment is a huge part of successful integration and has a significant impact on mental well-being. As well as seeking to support refugees into higher level employment we are also running an IELTs course to allow our service users to access university education.
In addition to the meetings we attended we were also fortunate enough to have some time to explore Budapest, visiting parliament square and taking a walk on the Danube. We look forward to the next meeting, taking place in London in 2018, where we will be presenting our work and seeing what work our partners have completed.