Supporting Roma Families

There is an acute need to understand and address the occurrence of disengagement from education by the Eastern European Roma community and how drop-out is influenced by gender and cultural expectations. A culturally sensitive approach is being taken, ensuring that the views of participants are respected and acknowledged.

Our Roma Family Support Project aims to improve the stability and quality of Roma families and community life, through access to services and activities, leading to improved health and wellbeing, reducing levels of social and economic exclusion and increasing economic independence among young people. The project also aims to tackle discrimination and narrow the gap between disadvantaged groups to the wider community and between Manchester and the rest of the country.

The project also supports Roma families that have young people in high school, includingthe transition from high school to college. We deliver short term targeted interventions to meet family’s needs. We do outreach home visits, meeting families in their environment, engagement on 1-2-1 basis and we tailor support appropriate to the family’s and young people’s needs.

Supporting families involves: registering them with health services, applying for school/College places, attending admission meetings, school appeal hearings, signposting and supported introductions to community services, libraries etc.  We also assist with appointments for legal advice, housing, job centre plus, applying for benefits etc.

Through our support we aim to achieve the following:
• decrease in educational, social and health inequalities
• increase in understanding and collaborative working between the Roma community and services
• reduction in educational inequalities experienced by the Roma community, particularly girls
• increase in aspirations held by young people