Free training opportunity for Roma activists – building communications and influencing skills (apply now, limited spaces)

From: Juliana Bell | Programme Delivery Manager of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation

Dear All,

Following some of the findings of our three year funding programme for the Roma Community, including feedback from a number of grantees and other Roma activists, the Metropolitan Migration Foundation is very pleased to announce we are working with On Road Media and iMiX to support Roma activists to build communication and influencing skills. This involves a free, day-long Engaging with the Media training course, which will be designed and delivered by On Road and media activists from the Roma community. The programme is delivered in partnership with IMiX, who will provide follow up support for the Roma activists that take part.

I am getting in touch with you today to offer you the opportunity to take part and ask whether you (or a colleague) would be interested in attending this course.

The media training course is especially designed to suit community activists with self-care and support as a foundation of the learning. Media skills and confidence-building in speaking to journalists is given equal weight to self-care and setting boundaries. It will cover ways of working with journalists in positive ways, developing long lasting relationships.

The Metropolitan Migration Foundation is bringing together a group of up to 10 people from the Roma community to take part in the Engaging with the Media course and access follow up support. To ensure that a range of experiences are represented in the programme, this group will be made up from people of different ages, places of birth, gender, sexuality, faiths, and location. Due to the limited numbers and the need to represent a number of experiences, it’s possible that not everyone interested will be able participate.

If you are interested, please consider the below questions before you make a decision. If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, then the course could be the right fit for you:

  • Are you available for the training (all day on Wednesday 19th September) and the follow up support?
  • Some people feel very negative feelings when thinking about doing media work, and feel nervous, worried, or angry with journalists. Negative feelings towards the media are perfectly fine, but if this is mostly how you feel, participating in the programme might not be the right fit for you at this time. Working with the media can also make some people feel excited, positive, and despite their nerves, really up for engaging with journalists. Do you feel this way too?
  • Do you feel well in yourself?
  • Change in the media doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take many conversations / appearances on a programme for improved coverage. Do you feel okay about that?

What you need to know:

Date: Wednesday 19 September, 10.00-17.30 (including breakfast between 10.00-10.30am)

Location: Central London (tbc)

Networking dinner: we will also be offering a networking dinner for all participants after the training session (details tbc).

Further information: Refreshments and lunch will be provided, we will pay for your travel costs and we may be able to offer hotel accommodation for those travelling from further afield. The follow up support will be offered by IMix, will be tailored to suit your needs and may be done via Skype.

To apply:

Please complete a short survey via the following link no later than 20th July 2018. It will take no longer than 5 minutes:

If you prefer to speak through the survey questions via telephone instead, please get in touch with Hebba Nasser ( who will arrange a time to call you.

Please forward this to anyone who may be interested and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

With my very best wishes,


Juliana Bell | Programme Delivery Manager of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation

t: 07921743783| e:


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