At TDC we are thrilled to be a part of a new service supporting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as they integrate themselves into life in Brighton & Hove. We are proudly partnering with Friends Centre and Voices in Exile to deliver this service.
Within Brighton & Hove there are a large number of organisations providing ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and delivering other migrant services, so navigating these can sometimes be difficult.
The new service, known as MESH (the Migrant and ESOL Support Hub) links these services into a network and is designed to be the first point of contact for whatever support is needed.
COVID -19 UPDATE: We will be replacing face-to-face work with phone and remote support for clients. Most ESOL classes and training courses are now suspended and we are currently collating information about online teaching and training provision.
TDC MESH Contact details
Cicely Lloyd, MESH Caseworker
07367 360 134 [email protected]
Brighton & Hove City of Sanctuary have provided a list of free online ESOL classes which can be used during self isolationg.
The MESH team provides an integrated ‘one stop’ advice service for migrants 16 years and over, providing a welcoming gateway to ESOL learning provision plus signposting and referral to other support services across Brighton and Hove. Members of the team work with people on a one-to-one basis and connect them with the right support as soon as possible, helping people achieve their aims in relation to education, employment and integration into the life of the city.
There are two MESH case workers – Cicely Lloyd is working with us here at TDC and Rosa Jones is based at our partner organisation Voices in Exile, which is a local charity offering practical and legal support to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. The project co-ordinator Alison Kelly is based at Friends Centre, an independent adult education organisation and charity which serves over 1,100 learners each year through their wide range of daytime and evening classes.
The personalised 1:1 support from case workers offers help with:
- Improving English
- Training and education
- Finding work
- Financial matters
- Work experience and skills
- Using leisure and public services
- Meeting people
To refer someone, self-refer or for further information please contact one of the case workers:
Cicely Lloyd on 07367 360 134 or [email protected]
Rosa Jones on 07907 409267 or [email protected]
And please print out our poster for your local community centre or shared space to help spread the word about this service.