Through our interventions we aim that Members of ASC using Shpresa’s services
who are mainly marginalised, excluded, stigmatised and at risk, report t
ASC are better informed and have greater understanding of their rights and responsibilities
ASC experience improved health and well-being (physical and mental) and have improved skills. They are
empowered to use them through being less isolated, benefiting from support networks
ASC has stronger sense of positive Albanian / British cultural identity
Shpresa is trusted/respected/ listened to by providers/policy makers/funders/ commissioners
Shpresa has become the family for the young people who are here without their parents and has become the organisation where we all can knock for help and they will try their best to help.
Shpresa Programme is a registered charity number 1110688 and a company limited by guarantee number 4692860.
Shpresa works with over 2,000 Albanian speaking refugees and migrants each year to foster integration and
to support men, women and children, enabling them to contribute to the communities in which they now live
Shpresa received the Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2004. We hold the London Youth Quality Mark, Gold Award for excellence in our Youth Work provision. We also hold the Special Distinction Award from the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education for exceptional all round high quality supplementary school provision. We were awarded the Forum for Health and Well Being’s Communities of Health Award for the third year running in 2016.
In October 2016, we were delighted to receive the Marsh Award for our contribution to the fight against modern slavery for our work with trafficked women and children.
At Shpresa we have come into contact and supported many hundreds of Albanian speaking people, children who learn Albanian language dancing and perform, parents who learn English and parenting skils, volunteers who get training and support and later on jobs, women that suffer domestic violence and get protected, people who need information and guidance , food or clothes.
Our CEO received an Honorary Award as Migrant and Refugee Woman of the year in 2012, the David Crystal Award from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in 2014 in recognition of her work with Shpresa Programme fostering the study of community languages, the Ambassador For Peace from Universal Peace federation December 2016 and recently May 2017 the UK Foreign Social Entrepreneur Award from Money Gram
“In many respects, the story of Shpresa is the story of modern Britain – how a new community can integrate
and thrive in the country, how it can add huge value to the life of this country and how it can support other
communities to play a full role in their life in the UK."
See our impact reports to understand our ethos, aims and how we operate in our community.
BENEFICIARIES HELPED each Year
CURRENT MAIN PROJECTS
VOLUNTEERS + STAFF
PLEnty of HEART
A family approach that promotes our cultural heritage, develops positive relationships across our community and with other communities, inspires people of all ages to volunteer, connects our young people with role models who can encourage positive aspiration, and provides the care, support and advocacy that enables our users to participate fully in the societyOur approach
Those we serve feel they have a voice in the planning and delivery of our projects. Each year from April
to May we run aid turning campaign and through children 's congress we make public the findings and our plans
for the next academic year.
Communicating our learning to our users and partners.
We also offer consultancy services to other organisations and projects who may benefit from our expertise or what we have learnt.
A commitment to evaluating the impact of our work and drawing on that learning when planning new projects.
With the support of one of our funders and partners we review regularly our future direction.
A commitment to share our experience and best practice with other new migrant communities to able them to become active citizens, contribute and play an active role in The Society
We also regularly commission external evaluations for individual project
as well as whole organisation.
Shpresa Programme is a company Limited by Guarantee
registered in England and Wales Registration No 4692860 and registered as a charity
with the Charity Commission Charity No.1110688.