Our visit to York: Frontline Workers Community Gathering 2024.

NewsJune 28th, 2024

This week, the Justice Together Initiative brought together its community of grant partners in the immigration advice sector.

This week, the Bevan Foundation joined over 80 delegates, composed of frontline immigration advisors, solicitors, funders, policy researchers and service providers, at the Grand Principal in York for the annual Frontline Workers Community Gathering.  

Hosted by the Justice Together Initiative, the two-day event was an opportunity for those working in the immigration advice sector to come together to discuss pressing issues, network and share ideas for change.  

The event kicked off with an interesting panel discussion about the political horizon and what that might look like for migrant justice. Independent researcher, Zoe Gardner and Strategic Engagement Advisor at RAMP, Sabrina Huck, shared insights into their approaches to securing migrant justice after the coming election, and what the sector can do to engage with political leaders. 

This was followed by a series of workshops led by experts. Useful insights were provided by a panel hosted by Fizza Qureshi, CEO of Migrants’ Rights Organise on how to implement Anti-Racist practices in migration work and the importance of including anti-ablism within those practices. Participants learned about working models developed by i-ASK, Right to Remain, and London Legal Support Trust in a workshop which explored ways to increase advice capacity and access to rights. We were also given the opportunity to attend a Somatics workshop, which was focused on well-being and reducing the risk of vicarious trauma.  

On the final day, delegates were put into groups to discuss topics that they collectively thought needed discussion and were given space to come up with solutions. Isata joined the group discussion on establishing new and sustainable legal services. Elinor took part in the group discussion on lived experience, and how to incorporate meaningful engagement into migrant justice work.  

With each group sharing back the solutions that they came up with, the Community Gathering event finished on a high. With feelings of hope and inspiration, we reflected on the collective learning from the days prior, and how we will be implementing them into our own migrant justice work in the future.  


Tagged with: BAME & migrants


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