Govanhill is an ethnically diverse area, with approximately 40% of residence being ethnic minority. It is often referred to as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures and faith groups. A recent survey by the Govanhill Housing Association found that there were people from 52 different countries, speaking 32 different languages across only 13 of Govanhill’s tenement blocks. In addition to this, Govanhill contains datazones among the 5% most deprived in Scotland according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
These factors combined with poverty, racism, poor English skills, cultural and faith differences, social isolation, complex family dynamics and a lack of understanding of how things work in the UK, make life difficult for many.
Processes that may be simple for many in the UK therefore become much more complex and arduous. Applying for a job, writing a CV, applying for benefits, or even knowing which mail is important and which can be disregarded can be stressful.
In addition to this, Brexit has caused a lot of uncertainty among the community as many residents of diverse ethnic backgrounds are E.U. nationals of countries such as Italy or Spain and have, until recently, felt secure in their right to live and work in the UK. This uncertainty has caused a sharp increase in the number of clients with immigration enquiries.
The team at The Well have the skills and experience to support and advise clients with their enquiries and have the knowledge and ability to signpost to other organisations if necessary. The Well is also registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide level 1 support and advice. We offer this service impartially and free of charge.
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