Residents in Swansea call for greater support for refugees

23 June 2017

Members of the Pamoja project in Swansea gave a powerful interview to ITV Wales this week, calling for greater support for refugees and asylum seekers experiencing mental health problems.

During the interview, two of the group spoke about their own personal experiences, providing an insight into some of the challenges many refugees face, and the vital support that the project gives them.  

Through the Pamoja project, members have the opportunity to build friendships, improve their confidence and support each other.

The group are supported by The African Community Centre and funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthExpect through The Health Lottery.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Government said:

“We recognise the increasing need for Asylum seekers and refugees to access mental health services which is why we have recently issued advice on mental health and made further funding available for the training of mental health clinicians to support adult and child refugees and asylum seekers with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

“We are also working with the UK Government on health appointment reminders for asylum seekers and training for front line staff in local authorities. More widely, we are revising our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Delivery Plan, in light of recommendations by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.”

 

 

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