COMPAS is Charitable Incorporated Organisation with voting members other than its charity trustees. The organisation was established on the 25th November 2010 in Peterborough as a community group and became CIO in December 2017.
We provide an ever-increasing range of services to meet the desires and needs that our visitors bring. Here is a taste of what we offer – we are always keen to hear new ideas, so please do get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions:
- Drop-in centre: every Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2pm (and occasionally Saturdays) we welcome visitors, who come for information, advice, support, social contact and help with application for EU Settlement Scheme.
- Language Classes for children: at present we run language classes in Czech and Portuguese to children from 4 years of age to 13. Children are taught basic grammar, history and culture of the respective countries.
- English Class for adults: every Monday from 10am to midday we run an English lesson focused on practical and day-to-day language use.
- Courses in art, cookery, dance and public speaking. We’re looking to expand into providing music workshops to develop skills and promote personal development.
- Creativity Matters: Sessions led by internationally renounced artist M.F., focusing on help with mental health issues that result from the experiences many of our visitors have been through.
- Mentoring of young people: COMPAS Charity had developed a bespoke and innovative project called ROGA (Roma of Great Abilities) that aims to inspire young people to access higher education. This project had been now replicated by number of schools in Peterborough and Ipswich areas.
- Trips: we organise trips to cultural events and destinations, both around the UK and further afield (2 x trips to Disneyland Paris).
- Theme nights: On Fridays evenings we run theme-specific events, promoting social inclusion as well as English language skills.
- Events: We organise and run various events throughout the year, from international events like Children’s Day, Women’s Day, Christmas party to small scale events such as cream tea parties.
- Community Library: there are currently over 400 book and DVD titles in 5 different language. People can either borrow the titles or read it at our study corner.
- Volunteers: to support the breadth of our work, we engage with volunteers from all walks of life, some of whom are people who have been through our doors as clients themselves.
- Public relations: COMPAS Charity is often approached to provide expertise and real case-studies to highlight the difficulties faced by Roma people from Central & Eastern Europe.
- Food bank: donating food (mainly fruit and veg) that is donated to COMPAS by Aldi store
Could you help with one of these? Or perhaps you have your own idea.
The objects of COMPAS are:
- Relief in need of members of migrant communities by the provision of advice, support and information or in any other way required; and by engaging with service providers, public bodies, institutions and organisations to enable those entities to better adapt their services, policies and activities to the needs of the migrant communities.
- Promotion of social inclusion for the public benefit by working with people who are socially excluded on the grounds of their ethnic origin, religion, belief or creed (in particular, members of the Roma community) by developing the capacity and skills of members of that community to assist them to integrate with and participate more fully in society.
- The advancement of citizenship and community development by promoting a better understanding within British society; and by promoting civic responsibility, good citizenship and volunteering
- The advancement of education (including social and physical training) of people in such ways as the charity trustees think fit, including by promoting the learning of native languages (including but not limited to Czech and Slovak); supporting parents to engage with their children’s education; and mentoring and coaching young people.
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