Our goal of reaching more peers does not seem far-fetched after all, thanks to a recent Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant announced in May.

The first cohort of four level 1 (OISC Accreditation) Immigration Advice has received training run by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Cohort 1 of Tapepuka of level Immigration Adviser trainees

Tapepuka – 1st Cohort of level  1  Immigration Adviser trainees

They are now revising and practising to gain confidence in order to put themselves forward for assessment by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner within the year.

We are still seeking more potential trainees and applications are encouraged from the Gambian, Ghanaian, Nigerian, Namibian, Malawian, Rwandese, Kenyan, South African, Zambian and Congolese backgrounds.

Opportunities for generalist advisor training. exist in line with Tapepuka  aim to provide resident first aid in the areas of immigration, debt, housing,  ‘me’ health and any other urgent issues.

Already, two  volunteers  have since received benefits training through Turn 2 Us.    Two more are receiving bookkeeping training from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Services (WYCAS).

The intention is to ensure that all African nationalities are given an equal opportunity  to access support,  but also included at all operational levels of the project to be a resource.

Hence,   Tapepuka  community mobiliser model through country chapter representation means  the organisation will get to a point where there are 54 plus more delegates for actions that seek to change our status in British society.

The first steps have been taken, thanks to Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant.

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