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 […]

Humanity’s Heart

As outlined on their Facebook page, Humanity’s Heart “intends to witness and share experiences of those turning up in the largest crisis since World War II. Journeying through the UK, Calais, Lebanon & Greece, we met with volunteers, refugees, local residents, spiritual leaders and politicians and explore the deep complexities this human flow of traffic […]

Calais Update – June 2017

The situation in Calais remains very difficult with the French police destroying tents when they find them, leaving hundreds of refugees including families with children with very limited shelter.  The Care4Calais group continue to provide clothing, blankets, hygiene kits and food (in conjunction with Refugee Community Kitchen). There are no longer any official or unofficial […]