Further support for refugee and migrant families

15 Jun 2019

We're delighted to be able to announce that Manor Gardens has won three years' funding from the National Lottery Comunity Fund to extend our Bright Beginnings service and work more closely with mainstream providers of services during the first 1,001 days of a child's life.

We will work with families from the Turkish, Arabic, Somali, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Albanian, Bulgarian and Roma communities to ensure that their children have the best start in life and that parents are well integrated and can provide a settled home life.

The aims of the new project are to:

  • improve the whole family’s wellbeing
  • enable women to fulfil their potential by addressing the identified barriers at the earliest possible stage
  • support refugee and migrant families during the first 1,001 days of their babies’ lives (from pregnancy to second birthday)
  • work closely with mainstream and community partners who are working across the Early Years provision (0-5years)
  • extend the service to Roma people in London

'We're delighted to have received additional funding for this vital initiative,' says Felicity Ford, Director of Fundraising and Development. 'For the last three years we have worked closely with women from these communities and have come to realise that they need more support which involves the whole family and goes on for longer. Our bilingual staff provide a vital bridge between the families and the mainstream services which are available and one of the key elements of the new project will be to influence statutory services so that they better meet the needs of this population.'

The grant is £499,762 over three years and work will start on 1st July 2019. This service will build on the work of the last three years, also funded by the Lottery, which was evaluated. You can read about it here.


Find out more about Manor Gardens Welfare Trust