Zoom Essex STARs

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is a national charity made up of 34,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. Together we: volunteer at local refugee projects, campaign to improve the lives of refugees, and educate people about refugees and asylum. We, Essex STAR, have the pleasure of facilitating a Conversation and Craft Club in partnership […]

Despite Covid, there is much happening…Community and Volunteer report, 18th March 2021

Miscellaneous My last report on Community and Volunteer activities was in November 2020. Since then, volunteers have continued to do what they can “In a time of Covid” in terms of support of the families and individuals with whom they are involved, teaching English, having Zoom conversations, delivering food to families, running Whatsapp groups and […]

What your donations and kindness support

Remaining open for face-to-face appointments throughout a pandemic has advantages and disadvantages. 15 Queen Street now has a fourth office which doubles up to house the Food from Home Foodbank. At the office, we have 4 caseworkers, a part-time operations manager, and a full-time fundraiser who also takes on housing casework. We are hoping to acquire […]

A place to call home

Amongst the really difficult cases we are currently dealing with, it’s nice to reflect on those that are coming out the other side of what was an incredibly tough time for them. One of our clients who we have worked very closely within the last year, has had her life transformed in the 16 months […]

Our new “Food From Home” Foodbank

RA-C’s “Food From Home” Foodbank has been up and running for about a month now and is such an exciting and essential extension of our organisation. Many of our clients from African and Middle Eastern countries can now access ingredients that are expensive to come by and would not be found in Colchester’s general food […]

Policy Vs Reality – National Asylum Support System

If you read about what support Asylum Seekers are able to access via the National Asylum Support System (NASS for short), you would think it’s basic, but mostly adequate. Unfortunately the reality for most is far, far different. Commonplace is bed bugs, heating issues, sharing rooms and bathrooms even during the Pandemic, and for those […]

Meet Mathilde

I’m Mathilde, I’m a new case worker here at Refugee Action – Colchester. I volunteered last summer while finishing my human rights masters at Essex University. I was part of the Craft & Conversation club during lockdown. I graduated from my masters in October, after finishing my dissertation on the lack of gender sensitivity in […]