Peterborough MEP Alex Mayer visited PARCA Refugee Centre on Friday 30th June 2017, marking the end of ‘Refugee Week’, a week to raise awareness about the plight of refugees across the world, as PARCA receive their second batch of Syrian Refugees.
PARCA, (The Promotion of African Refugees Community Association) is a charitable organisation that supports people regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity that works closely with refugees, asylum seekers and European migrants under the spirit of multiculturalism to support and encourage integration in local communities.
PARCA is the first African Community Association in Peterborough since 2002, and has been operating continuously for the past 15 years. Previously, PARCA has received funding from the European Social Fund.
One of the key services offered at PARCA is to provide free English lessons to migrants at their centres, to allow them to properly interact with the local communities they have settled in.
Ms. Mayer said: “It’s great to see the actual tangible impact that the European Social Fund has had for communities in Peterborough, allowing European Migrants, Asylum Seekers, and refugees the opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills that they need in order to integrate and become upstanding members of our local community here in Peterborough.
“We need to do all we can to help the plight of refugees that are fleeing here from war-zones like Syria. But simply finding them somewhere to stay is not always enough. Working together in the local community, charities like PARCA mean that our communities can really come together.”