Stockwell Partnership

Portuguese Community Project in Stockwell

Working to improve the confidence and skills of the Portuguese community in the Stockwell area. Helping the Portuguese community - especially those most in need - to play a stronger role in the local community. Plus a bilingual independent advice service for welfare benefits.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 July 2013 to 12:00 AM, 1 July 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1085880)

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Situation

The Portuguese Needs Assessment highlighted that the Portuguese community in Lambeth suffers disproportionate levels of deprivation. 53% of respondents were unemployed, 49% rated their English as poor, and 41% found it difficult to access services because of their English. This language barrier (with frequent illiteracy) often leads to reduced take up of services and increased isolation, which in turn create a spiral of decline often resulting in mental heal.

Solution

We support the diverse Portuguese-speaking community to develop skills, form groups to undertake recreational and community projects, and strengthen the Portuguese voice within the wider community. We assist clients to build the skills and confidence they need to get jobs, and help them to claim welfare benefits to which they are entitled, but which they often miss out on due to language and other barriers.