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Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation

IRMO is a community-led organisation that provides Latin Americans with tools and information in an empowering process to build secure, independent, and integrated lives in the UK. We have been working with the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities for over 30 years.

Our vision is that Latin Americans living in the UK are empowered to fulfil their potential and are able to fully and equally access services and opportunities. Our projects and services are developed with this vision at centre stage. We strive to enable Latin American migrants (and Spanish and Portuguese speakers more widely) to access information, education and training; move out of in-work poverty; and become empowered and self-sufficient.

We are a grassroots, open-doors organisation, embedded in the Latin American community. Working with around 18 different nationalities, we offer a holistic approach spanning four key areas: Education, training and employment; advice; wellbeing; and campaigning for migrants’ rights.

IRMO was one of the first organisations to be awarded a Roccha Star owing to the big difference we are making:

This is a very purposeful organisation – helping people with critical issues, a life out of poverty and exploitation and people becoming contributors to their wider communities. In terms of numbers, the work they are doing is outstanding, and particularly so, considering the resources they have. When you see the full extent of what they are doing [...] saying they are holistic; or committed; is an understatement.closing speech marks

Our two biggest challenges currently are securing sustainable income and demonstrating our impact. IRMO has always sought grants for specific projects, a model which has become increasingly unsustainable. Core areas of work have fallen between the gaps due to being less attractive to funders. In addition, we know that we are not adequately demonstrating the real difference that we’re making.

We are by no means at the end of the road yet; however we have started to make progress in terms of thinking creatively about income generating delivery models. We have also developed a Theory of Change for our organisation, which has helped to provide a clearer sense of direction and identify the gaps in our monitoring that we need to fill to better and more fully understand our impact.

Many of our team have attended training relating to funding and monitoring and evaluation via the Small Charities Coalition, which has helped to boost the capacity of our organisation.

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