Christmas Bazaar at Firstsite

Refugee Action-Colchester was delighted have the opportunity to participate in the Christmas Bazaar at Firstsite. We hosted an information/ food stall at the event. Lots of lovely people stopped by the stall to have a chat,buy some merchandise, donate and  buy some delicious food made by Rahaf.  The food on sale was Hummus, Falafel, spinach […]

Swords into Ploughshares….Winter Fuel Allowance into Bus Passes?

A few years ago, I was surprised to receive a notification in the post that my Winter fuel allowance was going to be paid into my account. Surprised, because I don’t consider myself as old (well, it’s all relative!) and certainly I’m not needy. As it was coming up towards Christmas time, I gave my […]

Community Sponsorship

There are now two ways to officially come here for resettlement. The original Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme and now an additional children’s scheme which identifies children and their families who are vulnerable. The Government has added another 3,000 to their original 20,000 people to include this group. They do not have to come from Syria. […]


At Refugee Action-Colchester (RA-C) we highly value the incredible difference all befrienders make in the lives of newly resettled families. Befrienders act as a much needed bridge for families who find themselves in an unfamiliar environment. Together with Essex Integration, RA-C has been increasingly involved in linking Syrian families to local British ones, who are […]

Colchester Borough of Sanctuary

We are so proud that with cross-party support of the Council, we have now become part of a national City of Sanctuary movement. Across the United Kingdom, 90 towns and cities, are committed to creating a culture of welcome and safety for everyone. On Sunday 8th October 2017, we celebrated Colchester becoming a Borough of […]