Amber Initiatives is a charitable, community-based company providing support for migrant workers in Devon and Cornwall. The company assists a culturally and linguistically diverse population of migrant workers in the process of their settlement in the UK.
Amber Initiatives was set up in September 2005, when it became increasingly obvious that specialist advice and support was urgently needed to assist both the rapidly growing migrant communities living and working within the City of Plymouth and outlying areas as well as to support those local organisations and individuals - landlords, employers, farmers, teachers and statutory and voluntary organisations - who had direct contact with newly formed community groups of migrant workers.
Amber Initiatives has been set up as the response to the need of society to assist migrant workers. We provide the service for migrant workers, but we also support the host community in a number of ways, assisting statutory agencies to establish link with the newly formed community. The effective multi agency working helps to maximise resources and achieve the best results.
Amber Initiatives continues to advise and inform public bodies about significant issues affecting this newly formed sector of society.
We have learned a lot over the past years through service delivery, research, and consultation processes and have worked hard to put the knowledge we have gained into practice.
Over the past three years we conducted ten surveys in which 1500 migrant workers took part.
Our research shows that migrant workers experience a range of problems associated with working in the UK as well as British society faced problems after arrival such a big wave of migration from newly joined countries.
Our main office is in Plymouth. Since September 2007 we have opened offices in Liskeard, St Austel and Redruth. The Amber Initiatives service helps migrant workers to resolve their legal, financial and other problems through information, advice and practical assistance. We provide advice and consultancy support on a wide range of issues including Employment, Housing, Finance and Benefit advice, Education and Health-related advice.
In response to the realities and changing needs of communities, our staff have developed unique, culturally sensitive and professional programmes and services available for the newly formed community.