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A Letter of Appreciation

By June 15, 2023June 21st, 2023Blog post

Dear NAP partners,

We wanted to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude for your invaluable contributions to the Navigating Asylum Partnership programme. As the project has now come to an end, we want to commend you and your team for the remarkable work you have accomplished over the past three years.

Despite facing numerous challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic and hostile government policies, you were dedicated, adaptive and overcame several obstacles. Your contribution to the development of the recourse on the Asylum Guides means that asylum seekers with different backgrounds and language skills can have vital information to make their journey through the asylum system less challenging and intimidating.

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to each member of your team, including the asylum guides. Countless asylum seekers were positively impacted by your hard work, empathy and commitment. You contributed positively to their well-being and integration into our community. You have made a tangible difference empowering asylum seekers on their journey to a safe and happy future.

This has been a great learning experience for us at Refugee Action. Your feedback and reflections have led to improved policies and practices. The lessons are reflected in Good Practice and Partnership department policies and procedures as well as in the overall Refugee Action strategy. These learnings will ensure that inclusivity and client needs are incorporated into future projects and programme designs.  An example is more time and resources commitment to the EBE (Experts-by-Experience) engagement throughout the organisation.

Once again, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your exceptional work. The Navigating Asylum Partnership programme has been a testament to your dedication and unwavering support. Thank you for being an instrumental part of this important initiative. Although the project has ended, the Good Practice and Partnership team is there for you to reach out to in case you need any help and support in future.

The NAP partners that contributed to the program

ASHA, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire

DASH, Kirklees, West Yorkshire

MicroRainbow, UK-wide support for LGBTI people, focusing on London and Birmingham

Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN), Greater Manchester, North West England

Plymouth Hope, Plymouth, South West

SWAP, Wigan & Leigh, North West England

Welsh Refugee Council (WRC), Wales