We have a number of projects ongoing and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, as without their financial support we would not be able to offer the following free services to our clients.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – We have funding from a number of organisations to offer classes for all age groups and abilities, from Pre-Entry to Entry 3. Our funders include: Castle Cavendish; Nottingham City Council – Community and Family Learning; Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum – Communities of Identity; Nottingham Equal
- Small Steps Big Changes – a programme of activities specially designed to give every child the best start in life. Currently we offer Mums and Babies English classes and anti-natal English classes.
- NW4You (Nottingham Works for You) – an employability initiative for 16 to 24-year-olds in Nottingham who face barriers to finding work and aren’t in education, employment or training.
- Heritage Projects – Belong’s Heritage Projects are designed to help people explore common heritage links in their new home. Heritage projects provide more than an opportunity to learn about shared history. They help volunteers acquire new skills, and so we offer workshops and training sessions at Belong and in the community to help participants learn skills in Heritage, rights (society, work, equality, discrimination), writing, digital and computer skills, communication and presentation skills, research, conservation and so on. We are also building partnerships with schools, community groups and heritage organisations in Nottingham and more widely in areas of shared interest. In our most recent project we looked at the story of the explorer David Livingstone, and in particular at the story of those Africans who guided him across the south and east of the continent. Recently, our exhibition was featured in a Black Heritage season at Newstead Abbey, which three of those Africans visited in 1874. Previously we have looked at the story of George Africanus, a freed enslaved person who settled in Nottingham and became a successful businessman and even a special constable in late the 18th and early 19th Century. Next, we plan to look at the story of Jacob Wainwright, a companion of David Livingstone who visited the UK in 1874, met Queen Victoria and visited Nottingham, and who also travelled widely in Africa and spent time in India. We also plan to explore how to organise Black History tours in Nottingham. Take a look through our Heritage pages HERE.
- Computer Training – Our ethos at Belong is to support the community, helping people integrate into society. With a lot more global services becoming more IT dependant, we help people gain the needed skills to navigate around a computer. We support clients to develop confidence in their computer skills and to acquire new skills, by providing a range of training from basic to advanced computer courses. These include how to operate the keyboard, open software programs, using emails and more.
- HMRC Advice and Guidance – providing support to clients who need to access and use HMRC services including Tax Credits, Child Benefit and National Insurance.
- Good Things Foundation – teaching IT skills to learners to develop their digital literacy skills through the Learn My Way course and the Make IT Click course. This can range from teaching people who have no previous experience of using a computer at all, needing to learn the basics of using a keyboard, to those wanting to develop skills to improve employability.
- Work Clubs: Castle Cavendish – work clubs to help people with their CV, job searching and applications. These sessions take place at various local libraries
- Welfare Rights Advice – helping people with claiming Universal Credit, supporting them to maintain their journal or respond to letters from benefit agencies such as reviews that take place from time to time. Signposting to other organisations when necessary.
- Youth Projects – We have various projects ongoing to engage local young people helping to deter them from engaging in anti-social behaviour, gang fighting and crime:
Bees Belong Hockey Programme funded by Active Notts through Sports England is quickly becoming recognised as a unique and enriching experience for young people in the area Radford, Hyson ,Green and Forest Field .who are looking to compete at a club level. We are proud of the partnership with Beeston Hockey Club in growing a grass root hockey programme that provides alyssum seekers, refuges and migrants young people who are socially isolated, feel integrated into British society and to build their confidence in physical literacy. Family Component: We work diligently to see that the academic, social, and personal needs of each team member of Bees Belong are met whilst facilitating parent and community involvement and support to promote optimal success for our young people.
Belong Holiday Club Programme Funded By Nottingham City Council through the Department of Education. We provide a safe, fun and nurturing environment where young people are provided with meals and the opportunities to explore, learn and grow . Young people are given the choice to participate in enrichment activities, field trips, physical exercise and homework help.
- Hong Kong BN(O) Integration Project – Supporting new arrivals from the Hong Kong community to integrate into British life through English classes and employability.