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Have you got your copy of Something To Share yet?

Our much anticipated book of recipes and stories about the transformative power of food and community, 'Something To Share', was revealed to the world at its launch in early November...

It has been very well received and is proving to be a popular choice as a Christmas gift - if you haven't got your copy yet, why not put it on your Christmas list!


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Annual General Meeting - November 2018

Annual General Meeting - November 2018
Our AGM for 2018 took place on the 15th of November at Firstsite - we had around a 60-70 people attend the meeting, which was divided into three main parts.

Part One

During the first part, we heard from our Chair, Rosalind Scott, about new developments, thoughts on some governance issues, our new vision and mission and how we…
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Tendring Junior Wardens Project

Tendring Junior Wardens Project
We went to the celebration event for this remarkable project. This year two of the RA-C team and Zak, a 16 year-old from Syria have spent an entire morning or afternoon at 12 schools across the Tendring area. We have some fun activities, including writing in Arabic, and some reflective ones where students list what they would take with them …
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Indian Meal and Dance Fundraiser

Indian Meal and Dance Fundraiser
RA-C held a wonderful fundraising Indian evening with Indian dancing and a Thali on the 29th November. Huge thanks to all who came. After costs we raised around £870!

Calais Update

Returning to Calais after six months away - little has changed.  The Warehouse is still empty looking and during the week there are few volunteers now the media has lost interest and people think that the Jungle demolition removed the problem. On Sunday we do have a reasonable number of volunteers which enables us to head for the industrial estate …
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BRSN News

BRSN News
After two years of successfully campaigning for two Syrian families to be resettled in Brightlingsea, it was decided at the recent AGM, that the formal organisation of the support network will be wound down. The primary objectives have been met, namely preparing for arrival of the families, welcoming, and supporting them throughout...
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Windrush

Windrush
Windrush is a word that evokes a sense of injustice in many. We never expected at RA-C to be directly involved in working with people who were affected by the scandal. However, recently we have had two individuals come to us, effected by this. One will be writing about what happened in the next newsletter. The other is a complex …
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We have won a Lottery Grant!

We have won a Lottery Grant!
We’re delighted to have been granted funding to enable us to develop and transform Refugee Action – Colchester as we grow and meet the changing needs of refuge seekers contacting us. This ‘Development Grant’ will enable the RA-C team to review our work including revisiting our goals and what we do, formalising the Community Interest Company structure, organising systems and …
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A WARM WINTER REMINDER FOR THE OLDIES!

Last year we had a very successful appeal for people receiving the Winter Fuel Allowance to donate it, or part of it, to Refugee Action - Colchester for the benefit of the people we support...

As this year's allowance is just about to arrive, we'd like to remind those of you in receipt of, but not really needing, Winter Fuel Allowance that your continued support would be hugely appreciated!
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