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Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP)

Migrant Aspiration Programme

MRN have received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to develop a comprehensive training programme called the Migrants Aspiration Programme (MAP). 

This programme will seek to support the development of potential migrant leaders by developing their roles as community leaders, board members, trustees and political leaders within their own communities. 

What is MAP?

The Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP) is a FREE 4 months online training course created for anyone who has lived experience of migration and the hostile environment. MAP is for people who are looking to lead and make a difference in their community.

They do not need to have experience of leadership or campaigning, but they will have a willingness to commit to the programme and a passion to want to make a difference. They might already be working in an organisation doing this work or they might be a volunteer in the local community. They may also be exploring what leadership looks like for themselves and just need a little guidance to get started.

Our training programme is designed to be shaped to suit the needs of our participants. Once accepted into the programme, we will seek to understand their specific interests early-on, so that we can include relevant information to their context. The sessions will be delivered by Migrants’ Rights Network and will include specialist modules from experts on campaigning, democratic participation and lobbying, storytelling, media training and trustee development.

Participants will be supported by a mentor or peer mentor throughout the programme, as well as a couple of follow-up sessions with their mentor after the programme finishes. We will also help to connect to other people who share the same experience and are working on similar issues.

As part of the programme, we will also be offering participants the opportunity to volunteer with migrant and refugee organisations, and to link them with mentors that we will be recruiting to the programme.

What will the programme involve

This online training programme will take place from April 2022, and will support participants from migrant communities across the UK to create real change. You will be given opportunities to gain the skills needed to become leaders, advocates, and activists for yourself and others in your community. This could include becoming a community organiser, a board member, or taking on another leadership position in your community.


  • You have ‘lived experience’ (first-hand experience) of migration and the immigration system in the UK and would like to use those experiences to shape work being done to help and support migrant communities.
  • You are keen to develop your own potential as a leader.
  • You want to help people who you share similar experiences and communities with to reach their potential.
  • You are aged 18 or over.
  • You are able to commit your time to this programme over a period of four months.
  • You have access to a phone or tablet with a stable data/wifi connection.
  • If access will be an issue for you, do not let this stop you from applying. Please state this in your application and we will identify a way for you to participate if you are selected for this programme. 
  • We are also able to support participants that require a data top-up to participate. If you will require vouchers, please state this in your application.

Skills you will learn

  • How to be self-aware and be an advocate for yourself and the community you represent
  • How to build a campaign and tell your story in the media
  • How to assess your environment and develop solutions to problems that affect your community 
  • How to build your network and work with your community
  • How to be an effective and confident leader
  • How to engage with the democratic process in the UK

Programme schedule

4 months programme from April to July 2022 

Session will be held in between 9am-5pm on weekdays, twice a month

(Details will be updated in January 2022)

To apply

Please complete the application form

If we have a high volume of applicants, we might select the candidates. So, please apply as soon as possible.

If you have any difficulty in filling in the form, you can also send us your application in the form of a video of up to three minutes in which you state your reasons for applying.

For more information, please contact Yuka Ko Matsushima on [email protected] for more information.

Application deadline: Beginning of February

Seeking MAP Mentors

About the role

Mentoring is a phenomenal way to share your knowledge and give guidance to those looking to build their leadership and personal skills through learning from the experiences of others. As many of the participants on our programmes are interested in advocacy and local leadership, we are particularly looking for individuals that have experience working or volunteering in migration, advocacy, and related sectors. 

Mentors will have flexibility in regards to the date/timing of the mentoring sessions, but you must be able to commit to 6 months. We expect mentors to connect with their mentees a maximum of 3 hours/month. Mentors are required to attend 1-2 training sessions prior to being paired with a mentee. Please note that this role is voluntary.


  • To provide a safe space in which mentees can talk about a particular issue around leadership 
  • To build an effective short term relationship with a mentee
  • To liaise with your key point of contact within Migrants’ Rights Network to provide feedback on your mentorship 
  • To plan mentoring sessions with mentee in advance where the mentee brings their agenda to be discussed 
  • To listen to and help mentees to identify and address barriers to their leadership or advocacy 
  • To offer perspective, drawing on own experience of leadership 
  • To work with the mentee and to set and monitor agreed goals
  • To keep effective written records of meetings using the forms provided and undertake relevant evaluations
  • To work with the mentee for the agreed time commitment

If this sounds like something you would excel in, we would love to hear from you. We particularly welcome applications from people with a lived experience of migration and the hostile environment, people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQI+ community.


  • Sympathetic to the mission and values of Migrants’ Rights Network 
  • Compassionate communicator with strong active listening skills
  • Experience of holding a position of leadership 
  • Ability to commit for a minimum of 6 months, 3hr max/month
  • Ability to offer encouragement and support where appropriate 
  • Knowledge of one’s boundaries and able to set limits with others 
  • Ability to identify others’ strengths and identify ways for others’ to be encouraged to use their strengths 
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback 
  • Ability to identify and set goals 
  • Knowledge and experience of how to network and build contacts 
  • Ability to build supportive relationships 
  • Ability to respect different cultural or religious values and work in a non-discriminatory manner 


  • Lived experience of migration and the hostile environment 
  • Experience working in migration and related sectors
  • Experience of working in advocacy and campaigning 

To apply

Please contact Yuka Ko Matsushima on [email protected] for more information.

Application deadline: Beginning of February