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Lord Mayor visits the MyCoventry project

Earlier this week, MyCoventry partners, ACH, officially opened their new offices in the city centre.

The new site, just a stones throw away from Friargate and the Bull Yard, was officially unveiled by the Lord Mayor, Councillor John McNicolas and Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Kevin Maton.

One of five partner organisations on the MyCoventry project, ACH work with a host of voluntary and statutory organisations across the city to provide support and expert advice on a host of integrational issues that include housing and employability to name a few.

As part of the project, ACH offer three courses, the first of which is ‘Hello Job’.

Hello Job focuses on employability, supporting new arrivals with CV writing, interview practise as well as learning how to read, write and speak English.

Hello Neighbour also focuses on English skills whilst introducing new arrivals to vital services across the city from health, to education and service links.

Last and by no means least, is ‘Advocating for Myself’, a course where participants receive support and guidance on mental health, including lessons on wellbeing, resilience, and self-esteem.

Lord Mayor, Cllr John McNicholas, said: “It is not easy to move to a new city in a different country.  Becoming part of a new community can be challenging and many who come here have fled war and persecution, often leaving loved ones behind.

“These new offices will help to make them feel at home and give them the knowledge, the encouragement and the confidence they need as they start their life as Coventrians.

“Thank you to all at ACH for all they do for our city, and the way they work with the Council’s Migration Team and other organisations to provide the best support possible – and a smiling, welcoming face to go with it”.

Praising Coventry’s organisations, Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Kevin Maton, added: “It is wonderful to see organisations around Coventry uniting in their efforts to help others. It is one of the many things that make our city such a wonderful place to live.

“These great new offices will be a key part of our work to offer help and support to those who need it, something we have been doing now for many years. “People come to Coventry from all around the world and we know they have often gone through so much to get here. We are proud to welcome them. They may have reached our city of sanctuary, but there is still a lot to do to make them feel at home – safe and secure as all people should.

“Now ACH, working with the Council and partners will use these offices to change many lives, and they will help our city as we work to spread a message of welcome and diversity”.

Pictured: The Lord Mayor, Councillor John McNicholas, delivering his speech at the ACH office opening.

Posted By: Mariam AlimahomedMariam Alimahomed 24 November 2021