Organic Community Network

Organisation statement:

Organic Community Network is a self-help community group consisting of people who have been through the asylum process and have been granted either refugee status or indefinite leave to remain in Britain. The group was established in 2014 to support BME people, including asylum seekers and refugees from African backgrounds living in Dunfermline.
For refugees, integrating into a new country can be challenging task, especially if they do not speak the language, understand the local bureaucracy, or have a social network that can help them; that is why we created the Organic Community Network - to help them overcome the social barriers and challenges they are facing now and beyond gaining immigration status.
Our services allow these persons to receive all the support they need to construct or rebuild their lives or to complete the integration process and contribute to the host country. The services include weekly drop in sessions, information and advice related to rights, access to training, employment, housing, homework club, socio-cultural activities, and we also offer leisure opportunities to improve emotional wellbeing, counter isolation and support integration. The organisation is supported by a full-time project manager and a part-time volunteer coordinator who are based in an office in Dunfermline, and by Fife Voluntary Action and the Scotland BME Network, including Refugee Action, amongst others.
One of our missions is to preserve African culture, traditions, identity and heritage so that our children and great grandchildren know their roots and origins. We run an African forum program where we discuss what matters to us as Africans of diaspora, and we have just finished our first well-received FGM project.

Commitment to digital participation:

To encourage BAME communities to express themselves through digital technology while learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.

The organisation
is committed to supporting people in some of the hardest-to-reach communities to improve their lives through promoting digital literacy.

Support offered:

-Running outreach sessions at accessible locations within
the community and tailoring learning to individuals' needs and motivations.

-Provide alternative learning supported to those who are resistant to formal educational programmes and this informal approach will help to break down barriers to learning.

Provides a range of support and resources, including national advocacy, training, access to the 'R.E.A.D' read, enjoy, apply and discuss which will give BAME communities the opportunity to read, write, converse and discuss their needs and support requirements.

Support wanted:

-inability to developing better digital infrastructure for our communities.

-low digital literacy , due to limited early years exposure especially for adults

-skilled personal to provide continuous digital knowledge and facilitate ongoing learning

-limited resources leverage , lack of IT facilities eg Computers

Third Sector category: Community, Social or Economic Development

Website: http://ocnetwork.org.uk/