The Harbour Project

31 October 2018

“Coming to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker means you can face a whole new set of challenges and it can be an incredibly isolating experience.”

“That’s why, at the Harbour Project, we promote social integration by providing leisure activities such as cooking classes and going on trips together. These activities provide relief for people who are often experiencing high levels of stress in their lives and it is a chance to have new experiences and create positive memories.

In the cooking classes, members take it in turn to lead their own sessions, share recipes from their cultures, and cook and eat together as a group. Leading the classes helps members to develop key life skills.

Members also decide on the days out they would like to organise. This summer, over 100 men, women and children experienced what was for some, their first ever trip to the seaside. We have also travelled to nearby towns, attractions and landmarks where we enjoy learning about English heritage and families can enjoy quality time together.

Using what we learnt from the project and other services we provide, we recently had the opportunity to participate in a national consultation into social integration strategies led by the British Academy.

We were delighted to give evidence from our experience in Swindon, and even more so that we are cited in the report. We really feel a sense of pride about what we are doing.

The report was formally launched in the Houses of Parliament and one of the project members attended – it was a really great day.”

Nan Bains, project lead


The Harbour Project were awarded £12,440 for their ‘More Leisure for All’ project, which is funded through the Trust’s Active Communities programme with money raised through The Health Lottery in the South West.

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