SYRIAN RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME LEARNING HISTORY
We worked on two learning histories in 2017 and 2018 to explore the learning from the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme in Nottingham.
The first, commissioned by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum looked at the challenges and learning from the programme from the perspective of the staff and agencies working with the families.
The second, commissioned by Nottingham City Council, followed this up by working with the Syrian families themselves to understand their stories and experiences.
It was fascinating to hear the stories from these two different perspectives and to look at how, by sharing these different perspectives, we might make sense of what is going on, and better understand how to improve outcomes in the future.
The learning histories identified the many positives from the programme, and also the areas where improvements might be made.
The key area of learning from the work with the families themselves was that to support people towards integration, the main focus should be connection and relationships. This involves moving from a more transactional approach that delivers language and employment programmes, to a relational approach which is all about increasing the breadth and depth of the connections between the families and the communities within which they are settling.