WERS volunteer project receives Big Lottery Funding, January 2019

We are very happy to announce that the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund have awarded us a three year grant to develop and run our Volunteer Project – Support, Empowerment, Community. Central to this is skillsmatch – a new web-based initiative that matches the skills and interests of asylum seekers and refugees with volunteering opportunities out in the community. The funding also supports our befriending scheme and involves working closely with local people and asylum seekers and refugees on volunteer projects.  A massive thank you to the Big Lottery for supporting us…and also to all at Creative Fuse North East and our partners Roots and Wings, Newcastle University and Teesside University who helped create the original pilot project. We’ll start the fully funded project in April and can’t wait to get going! Watch this space for developments!

To find out more about our new project skillsmatch, please visit the volunteer page here.

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Skillsmatch

We have recently completed the first stage of our Creative Fuse Innovation pilot project, Skillsmatch, a platform that matches the skills, experience and interests of asylum seekers and refugees with a broad range of volunteering opportunities in the Newcastle area. You can read the Skillsmatch Report here. We’re now embarking on the second stage of the pilot. Read more about the project on our volunteer page.

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Skillsmatch: a new digital project for WERS

WERS is very pleased to have been awarded an innovation pilot grant by Creative Fuse North East for a new digital project.
The project will explore the viability of a skills-matching website, pairing asylum seekers and refugees with community volunteering opportunities which specifically correspond to their specific interests and skills sets.

Read more about it on our Volunteer page

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BISHOP CHRISTINE RAISES OVER £4K FOR WERS!

Bishop Christine ran the Great North Run for WERS and raised a whopping £4,339! The total is still going up! Sporting a purple t-shirt as befits a Bishop, Bishop Christine enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere and friendly greetings from passers-by as she completed the gruelling half-marathon.

Lindsay Cross, WERS Director, says:

‘‘WERS has the greatest respect for anyone who can run 13½ miles! Bishop Christine has raised a staggering amount of money and given hope to the many asylum seekers and refugees who come to WERS for support.  A huge thank you to Bishop Christine and all those who have so generously supported her run!

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