New FREE course designed to introduce participants to barbering, whilst providing support with trade-specific English skillsMore information
Share My Language project 'Stories of Hope and Home' hosted Scotland's poet laureate, Professor Jackie Kay CBERead story
Share My Language moves online - digital Migrant Friendly rhymetime sessionsRead story
MiFriendly Cities' Health Champions combat coronavirus misinformation in their communitiesRead story
MiFriendly Cities' pop-up furniture factory trains refugees and migrants to help residents of Wolverhampton that are in needRead Story
We are following Government guidelines about COVID-19 coronavirus closely, and as a result have decided to postpone all face-to-face MiFriendly Cities delivery sessions and courses. The safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and service users participating in the project must be our first priority.
Rest assured we are continuing to support users, projects and live initiatives, and are looking at ways to deliver sessions and courses remotely, using video conferencing and social media platforms.
We are also hoping to provide additional support for MiFC programmes that can help fight coronavirus directly or indirectly – like the Health Champions project, and social innovations that can foster good communication and community spirit in challenging times.
Many staff and partners delivering support and programmes are now working from home, and should be contactable on their usual telephone and email addresses.
For further support and information on COVID-19 we recommend you visit your respective council’s website
Birmingham – https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/coronavirus_advice
Coventry – https://welcometocoventry.co.uk/
In October 2017 the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions fund awarded more than £4m to Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton for the MiFriendly Cities project, a 3-year initiative that is developing innovative, community-led and sustainable approaches to enhancing the contribution of refugees and migrants across the region. Our exciting programme has been designed to create opportunities for migrants and bring communities together, building cohesion across Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.Find Out More
Migrants and refugees have helped to develop this initiative and to establish what makes a city ‘Migration Friendly’. With this grassroots approach we hope to see citizens across the community working with local businesses, government, and voluntary organisations to build a MiFriendly region together. The project will continue to be shaped by the community across the 3-years, and we hope that this will encourage a spirit of solidarity, with the West Midlands becoming a place in which everyone feels a true sense of belonging.Find Out More
The project is being delivered by an innovative partnership of 11 organisations. These include the three city councils from Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Coventry, a multinational company, a university, a law centre, a consultancy and three migrant-run charities. All are working together to achieve one common goal, and to push the boundaries of what has been previously attempted in the EU.Find Out More
Coventry made me very welcome when I arrived as a migrant 20 years ago. We arrived before our belongings and our new neighbour immediately knocked with her spare kettle! Years later, and I still love Coventry for its curiosity and openness to new ideas, and many partnerships between different groups and communities
We are so proud of being selected as City of Culture. There is such a diverse multi-cultural communities living together in harmony. Stoke Heath Community Centre, CV2 3QH, is working wonderfully with everyone who wishes to join our community projects
For me a MiFriendly City is a place where all are welcome and there is opportunity for all to build a life for themselves and their families
It's a place where everybody is supported to make a meaningful contribution to their community, whether they were born in that city or have recently arrived.
A place of inclusion, opportunity and welcome.
I am a migrant myself, and if I didn’t have the right support from other people in Coventry I wouldn’t be where I am today. For me, the support of your neighbours and community is what makes a place migration friendly.
Employers reached by the MiFriendly Employment Brokers
We’re aiming to reach 2000 in 3 years, creating links between employers and our migrant communities and highlighting the skills available.
Refugees and migrants trained in digital fabrication
Digital fabrication is a key skills need for the region, and we’re planning on training 250 future migrants in this exciting new skill.
Migrant entrepreneurs granted funding start-up social enterprises
We're supporting 16 refugee and migrant entrepreneurs to set up new businesses which have a social mission. Successful ideas get up to €5000 and mentoring to start up. So far 6 have gone on to register as businesses.
English for Specific Purposes Course: Introduction to Barbering
Starts 19th August 2020
Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, MiFriendly Cities partner, has created a new English for Specific Purposes class, designed to support […]Read Post
Symbols of Home
15th-21st June 2020
Home should be a sanctuary and a safe, supportive place. It’s what MiFriendly Cities is helping to create in the […]Read Post
MiFriendly Cities: Connect to CU – Accessing Higher Education
Thursday 18th June
To celebrate Refugee Week, CU Coventry, part of the Coventry University Group, and MiFriendly Cities, a project that takes a […]Read Post
Birmingham SML Project Hosts Special Guest, Scotland’s Poet Laureate Jackie Kay
July 8, 2020
Written by Dawn Murray Photo by Dylan Ferreira on Unsplash On Monday 29th of June Birmingham Share My Language project […]Read post
MiFriendly Cities’ Health Champions Help Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
April 14, 2020
When we are facing a global pandemic such as the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, both digital and real-world ‘word-of-mouth’ can result […]Read post
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.