VCSE organisation: Barnardo’s
Social Challenge: Barnardo’s, a children’s charity that supports vulnerable families across the UK through a range of services including Refugee Support Services. The team assist the resettlement of Syrian families arriving in NI through the Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme. Barnardo’s support families with integration and developing their independence to access education; GP / dental services and Housing. These families arrive with little or no English and often with no real knowledge of the NI system.
To overcome the challenge of communication and for these individuals to regain their independence Barnardo’s would like to develop a mechanism for refugee families to directly self-advocate with landlords or letting agents in relation to reporting housing issues. Refugee families wish to raise issues directly, not through a third party. Unfortunately, the only supports or mechanisms which currently exist are heavily reliant on having a decent level of the English language, or, relying on a charity for help and advocacy each time a housing fault or breakage arises. Herein lays the problem.
Techie: David Shawe
Tech Solution: Watch the demonstration video of the prototype digital solution; fixIT
Geoff Baird from Barnardos’ said
Following participation in the programme, Barnardo’s pitched for and received a Seed Fund award of £12,000 to enable them to further develop, test and launch their prototype project. You can watch their pitch and showcase event here
The Seed Fund award will be used to