We work with marginalised groups in society which included those migrating to the UK. We can provide support with language which allows them to access essential services and to become valuable members of society and integrated citizens of the community. On this, the 16 Annual International Migrants Day, we recognise the challenges faced by migrants and the support we as a Community Interest Company or CIC can give to them.

 

Enable2 is a social enterprise with its roots in providing language support to staff working in a primary care setting.  We work within the community in Bradford to provide language services, which are often used by migrants.

 

The United Nations Member States supporting Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development have resolved to recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development across the world. On a local basis, Enable2 is working with Bradford Council to ensure that any language barriers that might be in place do not prevent full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants arriving in the city.

 

Managing Director Liz Weatherill explains further “Our cooperation with organisations within the community can make the transition for these migrants much easier. We are also working with the council to identify if people have interpretation skills.  If they do, we support them to do an ESOL for interpreters’ qualification then, we look at supporting them to do a level2/3 qualification in Community Interpreting.  To date we have funded 48 people to qualify as interpreters and given them employment opportunities. ”

 

On December 18, 1990, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Ten years later, the UN, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed December 18, International Migrants’ Day. Since then, international and non-governmental organizations have been invited to celebrate this day to bring to the public attention the issues migrants face around the world.

You can find out more about International Migrants Day on the UN Website: http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/