Praxis Community
Projects
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The Gilfillan Partnership
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Iberika Group
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Fundacion Laboral
del Metal
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University of Szczecin
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The European Projects & Management Agency (EPMA)
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Praxis Community Projects

Praxis is a busy centre in Bethnal Green, East London, which for the 27 years has welcomed and supported migrants arriving in the UK.

Our belief is that migration has the potential to enrich us all. Migration is not a threat; however it is a challenge for the host community and new arrivals alike. The ways in which we rise or fail to rise to this challenge define all of us as human beings and our future as a community.

Some of the challenges newcomers face in trying to find their feet in London are basic challenges of everyday life: overcoming the language barrier, finding decent housing, and securing an income to make ends meet. Others may seem beyond the power of a private individual. After escaping the terror of the world’s most bitter and intractable conflicts, or the violent persecution of hardline governments, or the extreme poverty and deprivation, people have to endure the hostility of a mean-spirited asylum system. Yet others need to navigate the often intractable immigration regulations.

This is where Praxis comes in. Through general and specialist advice and practical support enabling people to receive the necessary training, skills and employment, we empower them to sweep aside the obstacles and take their place in the rich cultural and economic life of the capital. By helping individuals, we help to create thriving and active communities. Praxis provides space for community groups to engage in discussion, explore their creativity and engage their potential to transform life for the better.

Migration can be a challenge for the host community: a challenge to the way in which the community perceives itself. For its institutions and decision makers it is a test of their commitment to civility, universal human dignity and rights. The responses to this challenge define our community in decisive ways. Praxis uses its practical experience to engage in the dialogue with policymakers locally and nationally, advocating humane and just policy responses in the areas of law, social support, healthcare and employment. We facilitate research projects which assist in shaping these policy responses, educate public and voluntary sector workers and the general public, mobilise the rich potential and resources of the community and faith groups.

www.praxis.org.uk