FCDL was successful in securing funding from Capacitybuilders to deliver “Improving Reach” from 2008 – 2011. The programme aimed to work with and support community development learning for
marginalised and excluded communities.
FCDL worked with members and partners who already had the established relationships and links in various regions and were able to further outreach and develop these.
Through Improving Reach FCDL offered customised learning and development support opportunities to small marginalised community groups.
Some of the project outcomes include:
- The development of a Kurdish women’s group within the Kurdish Community Centre Sheffield. It has successfully started a programme of activities that promote well-being and reduce the women’s
isolation; and has also led to the women’s group getting involved in wider initiatives.
- The development of an Eritrean Women’s Group in Sheffield in May 2010 that has identified priority issues for the women and children and a plan of action to address them.
- The Migrant English Project in Brighton held several facilitated sessions which enabled them to identify, prioritise and make plans for the future.
- Improving Reach outreach work in the East Midlands and in the North East, and ongoing development support with small groups involved in the Manchester Refugee Support Network, has resulted in a
number of individuals from small marginalised groups to participate in Group Facilitation Skills and Training the Trainers programmes in 2010.