Community Interest Company

Refugee Action – Colchester is pleased to announce that it has now become a Community Interest Company.  The management group chose to formalise its administrative arrangements by applying to become a registered not for profit company with the aim of securing funding for a number of projects to extend our support for refugees and asylum […]


Two volunteers from Colchester will be travelling to Calais in mid September to volunteer with Care4Calais, an organisation we have worked with for almost two years.  The situation is still desperate for over a thousand refugees in the region and Care4Calais also regularly support refugees in Belgium and Paris.  We will be taking a car […]

Great News!

A wonderful organisation called RefuAid has been working with us to identify a local person in Colchester, who would benefit from a placement on the RefuAid Language Programme. Colchester English Study Centre (CESC) was identified as a high-quality school that is interested in supporting local refugees in developing their English skills to a standard that […]

A Community Helping Those In Desperate Need

We heard mid week (that a Sudanese family, with 3 children under 5, were coming to live in Colchester after being recently granted asylum and that the house had absolutely nothing in it except a fridge and cooker. They were simply grateful for a place of sanctuary – however the wonderful Colchester community came together […]

Borough of Sanctuary

On the 26th July 2017 something extraordinary happened in Colchester. A motion was put forward to the Cabinet meeting of Colchester Borough Council by Cllr. Rosalind Scott. Both Maria Wilby and Rahaf Alghalyoun spoke in support of the motion. Two members of Colchester Sixth Forms Friends not Foes group also spoke about the projects they […]

Colchester and the University of Essex decide to provide more support for refugees

There has been a stream of positive news about refugees and their human rights in Colchester recently! The University of Essex has decided to support refugees living locally, who wish to go into higher education by offering 3 scholarships worth £10,000 each. This is the result of an almost 2 year long student led campaign. Building on […]