BARKA UK

BARKA UK
THE MISSION OF BARKA UK IS TO PROVIDE SEVERELY EXCLUDED CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN (CEE) MIGRANTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR RECONNECTION AND SOCIAL REINTEGRATION.
Social Purpose: 
Barka UK is committed to assisting homeless people in our community. Our mission is to empower severely excluded people to regain their independence and dignity by social integration. We also offer support for their personal development through education and entrepreneurship. Prevention services are in place to help people avoid homelessness. The aim is to improve health and well-being of destitute persons in our society, through education and improved community programs. We have developed a life-changing training programme that uses employment as the lever, and tackles some of the underlying issues behind people being unable to find and keep work
Social Impact: 
Barka UK Reconnection Project is currently operating with great success in eight London boroughs (Westminster, Islington, Barnet, Haringey, Enfield, Camden, Redbridge, and Southwark) in partnership with Homelessness Transition Fund, North London Housing Partnership, Healthy Living Projects, Southwark Council, local outreach teams, day centres and CEE Consulates. Barka UK’s Free Helpline for CEE migrants has been operating since October 2011. During this time it has been an essential source of advice and support, providing multiple platform of help.
Innovative Character: 
During twenty years Barka has been working in Poland with excluded and vulnerable people. Among its many projects, Barka has developed vocational schools for unemployed (Centers of Social Integration), numerous social and economic enterprises, a program of accessible housing and self-sufficient communities in the countryside. Similar needs are everywhere in Europe. Since 2007 when Barka started in London, they have been approached several times by different actors in large European cities. Today Barka is in the process of starting centers in Stockholm, the Hague and Utrecht, Berlin and Bremen. Barka first adopted a franchise model in 1989 – 2008 within Poland with establishing 20 associations and 20 social cooperatives which have been assembled in a network. Nowadays Barka has been working in 40 sub-regions of Poland on a franchising basis creating partnerships with councils, enterpreneurs as well as organisations in the government projects. In each and every sub-region Barka creates social integration centres and cooperatives. Barka started to develop the franchising model outside of Poland in 1995 when starting a new Barka Associations in France, the Netherlands, England and Ireland , but within a very spcific ”business area”: helping excluded and vulnerable people back to a decent life and in many cases a social accepted life.
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