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Welcome ‘Spring Action’ to the MiFriendly Family

Written by Sahar Sharifi, Communications Officer at CRMC.

Spring Action Cleaning was re-launched under the European Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) banner on November 20.

The event was organised by Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.

The workshop focused on ‘Intrapreneurship’, exploring how to use internal resources to solve business problems and increase revenue within your work culture.  

Spring Action Cleaning is a social enterprise founded by CRMC in 2017, their mission is simply to support refugees and migrants to rebuild their lives in the city by providing supported employment opportunities.

 Bahar, one of the CRMC clients, said: “After attending the session I leaned about Spring Action Cleaning, I think the social enterprise has a great impact on the community. Empowering refugees and migrants and just giving them that extra support is just incredible to see. Some amazing and exciting ideas.”

Since 2018, Spring Action Cleaning has been funded by the UIA under the MiFriendly Cities Initiative. The MiFriendly Cities Project focuses on up-skilling refuges and migrants, assisting them to gain work experience for skilled careers and helping them find sustainable employment in the United Kingdom (UK).

The monetary Support from the UIA has been invaluable and enabled us to gain expertise to strengthen our social enterprise business model. This business model will be used as a framework to develop a future two UIA supported social enterprises over the next year. The UIA’s funding supports urban social activities and projects which instigate community change within cities.

Social Enterprise Coordinator Victor said:

“I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work in developing and managing social enterprises that are very close to my heart. I am constantly seeing the positive effects of our work in the lives of our employees and service users. We would like to thank UIA for all the support and funding that we have received from them. They have been invaluable in helping us meet our social goals. We look forward to continuing to work closely with them.”

One of the future two UIA supported social enterprises will be ‘World on a Plate’ which will consist of two strands Cookery School and Supper Clubs. ‘World on a Plate’ will empower refugees and migrants to become chefs by employing them, providing any training they require and integrating in the community.

Rookhsana , another event attendee, commented: “I think the session helped me to understand as a staff member you can be entrepreneurial within an organisation, as long as the intrapreneurial framework is implemented.”

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