The Refugee and Migrant Leisure Network (RMLN) connects Bournemouth University academics working within the Centre for Events, Leisure, Society and Culture (CELSC) with local community partners. By bringing together academic researchers and Dorset-based organisations working with refugees and migrants, RMLN aims to generate collaborative, community-led research to grow our knowledge of how leisure (including art, sport, culture and heritage) can contribute to refugee and migrant wellbeing.
- Build working relationships between researchers and organisations to better the lives of refugees and migrants, creating a dialogue of knowledge and understanding
- Offer a space for mutually beneficial relationships to develop between local organisations working with migrants and refugees
- Facilitate communication between partners, aiming to enable knowledge exchange and improve access to academic research for those working with migrants and refugees
- Conduct research with and for local people to generate understanding of the role leisure and events can play in the wellbeing of refugees and migrants across Dorset
- Encourage and develop interdisciplinary research grounded in everyday experiences and needs of those working with and for migrants and refugees in Dorset
What will Bournemouth University provide?
- Networking events to be held three times a year to bring together partners, researchers and the university to discuss and combine best practise and further knowledge
- Host this network webpage to act as a hub of information and news updates for all partners
- Maintain established and active social media pages that engage and reflect the local community, develop conversation and build positive relationships.
What does membership entail for partners?
- Attendance of representatives at networking events
- Supply updates, news and relevant information to be used on website and shared across social media
- Contribute to the exchange of knowledge
- Use of name/web link on the network’s website
What are the benefits?
- Opportunity to build university-community capacity for funding
- Distribution of work and information across social media
- Building a web presence
- Opportunity to connect and grow relationships with other organisations (local and national) working in the field and with academic knowledge.