The main aims of COMPAS are to promote community cohesion in Peterborough, offer complementary education and to organise community events with the aim to celebrate diversity and to tackle social isolation. Since 2010, COMPAS has been organising complementary school for Czech and Slovak children, delivering ESOL lessons to adults, mentoring young Roma and facilitating discussion between migrant communities and the settled community
Our Objectives are:
Help, advice and guidance to members of migrant communities through 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.
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
Who to contact
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Where to go
19, Fitzwilliam Street
- PE1 2RR
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Coronavirus update 15/4/2020
COMPAS is open to anyone, but primarily to seniors, single parents and anyone else in difficult financial situation. During the coronavirus outbreak there is a basic food bank (veg in tins, tea, coffee, milk, potatoes, sugar etc) and hygienic supply (gloves, gels, face masks, washing powder, tooth paste etc). Please get in touch with COMPAS to book an appointment. Telephone support & online cooking lessons are also provided at this time.
COMPAS is providing support to deliver food, hygiene products and advice to 300 members of the community who are older, disabled or living in particularly difficult situations (e.g. single parent without a car).