Fresh Start

"Fresh Start" is an initiative pioneered by Together for Change, seeking to work with churches and other organisations in Coventry to offer a warm and welcoming environment to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Although refugees, asylum seekers and migrants receive excellent professional support here, the thing which they often lack is companionship. We seek to meet this need through the following three main initiatives - football, conversational English groups and one-to-one befriending.

 

Fresh Start Groups

Fresh Start runs a variety of different groups every week that are open to all. Here are the times and days of each group, but for more detailed information, please contact Matt Robinson on matt.robinson@covcofe.org.

- Fresh Start Football - Every Saturday, 10-11am, Sidney Stringer Academy (CV1 5LY), £1
- English Conversation Classes - Every Tuesday + Friday, 3-5pm, Belgrade Theatre (CV1 1GS), FREE
- Cafe Drop-In - Every Wednesday, 2-4:30pm, Coventry Vineyard Church (CV1 4DF), FREE

Fresh Start Grants

To encourage the growth of small groups for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, we are offering grants of up to £500. Fresh Start grant application forms and grant guidance forms can be found on the funding page of our website. To find out more about these grants or just some general information on Fresh Start, please contact Matt Robinson on matt.robinson@covcofe.org, or give him a call on 07443 870617, and he will get in touch with you.

ESOL Classes in Coventry

There is a wide range of ESOL classes in Coventry which can hugely benefit anyone who does not speak English as their first language. We have collated all the data for these classes and put together an easy to use map to help you find them. To view this map, please click here. 

BBC Report

As part of Fresh Start we have started a football group which works with local churches, befriending and supporting migrants, and then inviting them for a meal afterwards (once a month) to seek to integrate them into churches. Football and food are universal languages, and after a year of weekly sessions we regularly have 25-30 attending and have 50 on the books! Our football group has been such as success that we attracted the attention of the BBC. The news report that the BBC put together for the group can be found by clicking here.