Our Work with the Albanian Community in Brighton and Hove

The Vision of the Project

Strengthen Albanians pride and belonging and build aspirations of our younger members.

Improve integration in Brighton & Hove community and remove barriers to accessing services

Reduce discrimination and improve understanding of Albanian culture in Brighton & Hove community.

From our Community Engagement Worker,  Sonila Deda

In some ways it was good timing to join TDC during the pandemic. It meant I was able to reach many individuals and families and help their integration into British society at a time when many were struggling more than usual. It did of course mean many of our activities had to be flexible and change at short notice. Despite this we were able to reach 1000 people, many through online engagement. Especially on the Albanian's in Sussex Facebook Page.

Much of our signposting and engagement has needed to be online and we have started to share stories to inspire our younger members as well as lots of translated information about important services on our website.

We have managed several in person sports tasters, linking our young people with local cubs, including football and boxing. We have also offered women’s drop-ins enabling us  to share advice on domestic violence services along with other family service information.

We even had a fantastic celebration for Albanian Independence Day with 200 people participating.

“We haven’t attended any Albanian events before and would definitely like to come to more. It was good to learn about my Husbands cultural heritage, well done for organising it, we loved every minute”

Working within TDC has enabled me to have access to many trusted services and partners, I now hope to go from strength to strength and build a Strong Independent Albanian Organisation for everyone!

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