Humber All Nations Alliance and International Migrants Day

Published: Monday 18th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is International Migrants Day, so we interviewed Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA) about what it provides.

The organisation, located on Portland Street in Hull, aims to promote the wellbeing of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups (BME) in the region.

We spoke with Ismael Ahmad, Community Development Worker, to find out more about what they do.

“We work with communities from all over the world who now live in Hull. Our team provides services, support, advocacy and representation to migrant communities,” explains Ismael.

There is a vibrant and diverse spectrum of cultures currently living and working in Hull, and HANA works with people from China, India, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia and Africa.

“We work with people from anywhere really – anyone who is a migrant to the area or a refugee,” he adds. “Migrants come to the city for a variety of reasons. A lot of the individuals and families we work with are refugees and asylum seekers, but not all of them are.”

The alliance promotes the integration of these groups into the broader community of Hull: “This is achieved via our various projects – many of them are set up by our clients. You can see a full list of them on our website, a lot of them centre around social and health problems, as well as housing issues.”

For example, the Eastern European Project addresses the increase of migrants from Eastern Europe coming into the UK. It focuses on how these individuals can access support, engage with their neighbourhoods, apply for work, and provides them with a deeper understanding of the law.

Meanwhile, the Delivery of Race Equality in BME Mental Health campaign was established in collaboration with the Humber Mental Health Trust. This strives to improve mental health and wellbeing among the BME communities, as well as provide enriching experiences for accessing culturally-sensitive services.

On top of this, HANA signposts its users to local and national support agencies they may need, such as the National Health Service, other charities, the local council, schools and even the police.

“As many of these vital resources are accessed via the internet, we were lucky enough to be sponsored by KCOM to build a Learning Zone, equipped with computers connected to the internet.”

The KCOM Hub is free to access and clients can find important information about services they need, as well as courses and training they may want to undertake.

“To improve their employability, many of the migrants must take Access to English courses and have a food hygiene certificate. HANA collaborates with local training providers to offer these classes.”

HANA has worked with several Hull-based companies, Hull City Council, the police and the NHS too: “We train businesses and organisations in Equality and Diversity,” Ismael expands.

The charity is always recruiting volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds. If you’d like to get involved, contact their volunteer coordinator by emailing rasul@hanaonline.org.uk. You can also pop into the premises to ask any member of staff about the opportunities on offer.

Find out more about Humber All Nations Alliance and get involved.

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Published: Monday 18th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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