Connected Communities

Employment, Housing, Family Learning, ESOL, Community GroupsAbout the Connected Communities programme

Haringey’s pioneering integration programme, Connected Communities began in September 2018.

Connected Communities helps migrants to settle more quickly and successfully into life in the borough, offering the right support for people to handle a range of challenges we know new migrants can face.

Made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Connected Communities builds upon the council’s existing work to deliver functional skills, develop a sense of belonging and contribute to Haringey’s vision of all residents living well and achieving their potential.

The programme is built upon targeting support in five key areas: Employment, Housing, English language (ESOL), Early years and Community empowerment.

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Migrants can seek support to access good, qualification-appropriate work through the Haringey Employment and Skills Team (HEST). This support includes assistance with transferring qualifications, finding work around caring responsibilities and ensuring residents are aware of relevant employment legislation.

HEST also works with a number of workplaces to deliver English language support.

For job-related support including information on translating your qualification visit the Wood Green library or the Connected Communities hub at Marcus Garvey library.

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As part of Haringey’s resident housing support and management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), the Connected Communities programme can provide new migrants with additional Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG).

For housing support, advice on alternative housing options or landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, residents can visit the Connected Communities team at Marcus Garvey library.

Further information on support for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can be found on our homelessness page. There is help available and we encourage those who need it to get in touch.

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Early Years

Haringey’s Children Centres and Early Years childcare offer is fundamental in enabling every child and young person to have the best start in life.

Haringey’s childcare offer includes:

  • 15 hours free childcare for all 3-4 year-olds (with an additional 15 hours for children of working parents)
  • 15 hours free childcare for eligible 2 year-olds

The Connected Communities programme works within our children’s centres to encourage take-up of Haringey’s childcare offer and to promote our successful Parent Champions programme. The programme will also be running new workshops and play events for Haringey families.

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ESOL (English as a second language)

The Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) works across the borough enabling people to achieve their learning and employment goals.

In addition to their existing programme, HALS works with the Connected Communities programme to deliver additional ESOL classes specifically targeted to new migrant communities. This includes English language support in the workplace and parent-friendly ESOL classes.

For an assessment or to enquire about courses visit HALS at Wood Green library.

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Voluntary and Community Sector

Haringey Council works in partnership with the local voluntary and community sector to ensure residents can live healthy, fulfilling lives in strong communities. The Connected Communities programme will be working with The Bridge Renewal Trust, the Selby Trust and others to support new migrants to start and build local community groups, and to encourage established community organisations to reach out to newer members of their communities.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information on setting up a community group please do contact us (see below).

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Contact Us

The Connected Communities programme is based at the Marcus Garvey library with residents, service providers and members of voluntary and community groups encouraged to drop in.

To find out more information about the Connected Communities programme or for support in these areas, please download, complete and return our  Connected Communities enquiry form (Word, 30KB)

Check out our what's on calendar for more information on activities and events in Haringey.

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Page last updated:

24 September 2019

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