Birmingham’s green paper on social inclusion – which is currently out to consultation and which we have mentioned before on this bog here — has a section looking specifically at how Birmingham welcomes people from new arrival communities. it suggests that neighbourhood ‘welcome centres’ should be established.
Vicki Fitzgerald over on Gateway Family Service’s blog questions whether this is the way forward and makes some alternative suggestions. Take a look — you can download the green paper, follow a link to discussion on podnosh about the welcome centres issue and comment on Vicki’s post. Vicki is fearful that a ‘blanket’ response which says welcome centres are the solution runs the risk of adding unnecessary bureaucracy to Birmingham’s refugee provision, while also failing to respond to the real-life needs that new arrivals have….