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Supported by Awards for All Lottery Fund
The Community project is aimed at a disadvantaged community of Russian speakers who arrived from countries of the former
Soviet Union and now live in Westminster and Greater London. These people experience problems of integrating in their
new English environment. Most of them have don't have fluency in English language, feel isolated and don't have
support in sharing their family problems.
Community Day is a monthly focus event for Russian Community gatherings which includes:
- Info, support, advice to our members in partnership with legal services, job centre, health representatives,
working as volunteers.
- Films and slides shows as multicultural integration
Through running our regular Community Programmes we provide films
which educate people on how to live in Britain
and provide power-point training courses on positive thinking and assertiveness. It also gives us an opportunity to
show Russian films to keep in touch with Russian heritage and tradition for refugee families, teenages and young children.
- Self Help group for sharing ideas and communication
The Russian Community Association works in conjunction with Russian-speaking psychologists, doctors and complementary therapy
providers to integrate the approach to health of British conventional medicine and our community background health approaches.
It helps our community's members deal with anxiety, stressful situations and emotional problems such as coping with a new
life in a new country, and dealing with isolation, that could lead to depression. Our Russian, Northern and Eastern
ethnic traditional approaches are part of a community's resources and very advanced in complementary health methods that
can alleviate these problems. The project is going to run as a series of workshops/lectures on how the British care
system works; self-help health guidance; health for women; babies and children; stopping smoking; understanding
depression; links to ethnic traditional methods.
Russian Community Association
The Russian Community Association is a Registered Charity.
The Association's purpose is to provide services and support to the Russian-speaking refugees and immigrant community in
London and Greater London. Members of this community have come from ex-Soviet Union republics such as Russia, Ukraine,
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan following the break up of the Soviet Union and these
countries becoming independent entities. Russian Community Association is an umbrella organization for small
ethnic groups in London and UK.
Russian speakers are an invisible minority. As they are white they are not easily identifiable as needing support
in the same way as other ethnic minorities. This doesn't mean that they don't face the same problems or discrimination.