SWAP provides training on refugee awareness and the asylum process.

We run a regular programme of ‘Refugee Awareness’ training. Sessions are open to service providers, community and voluntary sector organisations and members of the general public.

Standard packages and bespoke training.

The training builds on the excellent reputation of our predecessor, Friendly Faces Mentoring Project and SWAP and comes in the form of standard packages and bespoke training. The positive feedback we have received from training coordinators and participants make us confident that our sessions will add value to your staff, your volunteers and your organisation.


Where possible we use volunteers from Wigan’s new communities to co-deliver training sessions.

For further information about training in general, or to discuss your bespoke training needs please call or email:

01942 512980


“All parts of the session were informative and interesting”

“Enjoyed the course, found it very informative”

“found it very useful and had questions answered”

“Thought the presentation was excellent”

“Everyone would be wise to attend. It really does open your eyes to the plight that refugees face”

For Organisations.

For organisations looking to train a number of staff, and for those needing training with a work-specific focus or particular learning outcome, we can deliver tailored training sessions on your premises or at Penson Street Community Centre.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees Into Volunteering.

Refugee Action deliver a training session called “Asylum Seekers and Refugees Into Volunteering”, which is aimed at organisations that want to make it easier for refugees and asylum seekers to take up voluntary roles. For further information contact: Gwen Mason Tel:0161 233 1200

 Cultural Awareness.

The CVS BME Development Worker offers training on Cultural Awareness and an Introduction to Islam. For further information contact:

Other training.

 If you are looking for further training on related issues, there are a few local possibilities, please contact us to find out more.