Elzbieta arrived to the UK in August 2004. She is a qualified teacher of English; former lecturer at University of Warwick, former ESOL tutor and DPSI…
Elzbieta arrived to the UK in August 2004. She is a qualified teacher of English; former lecturer at University of Warwick, former ESOL tutor and DPSI trained Legal Interpreter. In years 2007 to 2016, she worked in secondary schools in Walsall as a Head of Department specialising in running EAL Provision and Ethnic Minority Achievement Centre.
Between 2016 and 2020 she worked at Rights and Equality Sandwell as their strategic adviser on Migration and Equality. Her expertise lays in working with ethnic minorities, representing third sector and liaising with governmental officials.
She is the founder and Chair of Directors at European’s Welfare Association CIC– EWA CIC (organisation which runs one of the largest Polish supplementary school in West Midlands). She is also a former trustee at National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) and acting as a trustee at the Federation of Poles in GB.
Her approach is to bring solutions, unite communities and tackle any form of discrimination and social exclusion.
To get in touch with Elzbieta, please email email@example.com
What does a Community Navigator do?
For more information about the place-based activity and the data and evidence that support the decisions around where the VRU is working, have a look at the Smethwick Story Map
Community Navigators are the VRU’s ‘people on the ground’. It is their job to work with communities, partners and stakeholders to reduce violence. We have seven navigators in total, one in each local authority area. They help co-ordinate the violence reduction effort in local neighbourhoods. They also help introduce new interventions that are designed to prevent and reduce violence.
Part of their role is to help communities access support and address issues that are causing violence. They encourage people to adopt tried and test methods which are proven to reduce violence. They empower communities to become involved in the work of the VRU and develop relationships that lead to joint decision making. The navigators also play a vital role in supporting local voluntary sector organisations with funding and developing opportunities.
Across the West Midlands the VRU has trialled a number of violence prevention initiatives in specific places. The aim is to test what works. These schemes are running in small areas, with populations of around 20,000 people and it is the navigators who are going to be managing these projects on a day to day basis.
What is the Sandwell Navigator focusing on?
In Sandwell we are currently developing a new pilot project designed to reduce violence. The trial will test innovative approaches to violence prevention and reduction. As in the other areas, it is hoped that this test will produce evidence that supports investment in new and effective approaches to reducing violence.