From Fear to Confidence-The Family Forge

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    ‘From Fear to Confidence’ is a project of the Family Forge supporting asylum seekers and refugees from our Life Skills Centre in Skelmersdale. We offer a place of welcome friendship and support crucial to enable people to achieve that sense of calm, acceptance and interaction required to overcome obstacles and learn the new skills necessary to establish and flourish in a new place and make it home. This is especially important for unrooted and often maltreated peoples to enable comfortable settlement in a foreign culture. To achieve this we offer drop in support services, culture and citizenship activities and a variety of classes such as English and British history. Later many of our beneficiaries progress to learning online driving theory or occasionally other base level qualifications to help with employability. Usually our centre is open between 10am -4pm.

    The Covid 19 restrictions have encouraged us to develop online and mobile support networks and teaching materials, to be able to offer at least  some online classes and combat feelings of isolation in our user groups.

    We support in a variety of ways through providing volunteering opportunities, social events, special meals, provision of essential items, arranging appointments with doctors, the writing of references where appropriate, CV compilation and job hunting…

    We serve about 120 individuals from 22 nationalities in any year.

    In addition to our current services we would like to provide  accommodation to those experiencing homelessness as asylum seekers transition to refugee status as this is often a problem.


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