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Turning Wolverhampton Houses into Homes

On January 28th, City of Wolverhampton Council (MiFriendly Cities partner) launched a mobile pop-up furniture factory to provide training and mentoring opportunities for refugees and migrants to carry out home makeovers for residents from vulnerable backgrounds.

This MiFriendly Cities initiative will be delivered by a consortium led by African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) and including Right Track, BME Housing Consortium and The Crafty Gardener.

Activities will take place across Wolverhampton in Blakenhall, Whitmore Reans and Heath Town up to February 2021 and will provide migrants with new skills to help them become more independent and so enable them to improve their living and health conditions.

Right Track’s Andrew Morris explained how this innovation can aid two-way integration – “It’s not necessarily about them gaining skills, it’s about them sharing their skills [that] they bring with them. It’s [about] the friendship and communication side of things as well. Giving them a space to come to and feel valued”.

Such innovations will help the region to become more Migrant Friendly, ensuring that everyone feels welcomed, can contribute and can benefit.

You can watch Wolverhampton Today’s coverage of the event here.

We look forward to sharing its success with the public at our upcoming ‘Big Fix’ event on 15th February. MiFriendly Cities hopes this will be the UK’s biggest Repair Café. You can find more details here.

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European Union & Urban Innovative Actions

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.