Am I British?

Panorama is the world’s longest running TV current affairs programme. First broadcast in 1953, it still has a prime-time slot and is shown throughout the world. There have been a number of notable programmes over the years exposing corruption in football, contaminated blood in the NHS, abuse in care homes and, most famously of all, […]

Friends Not Foes Activities This Year

Although the circumstances this year have made it difficult for many of Friends Not Foes’ typical activities to take place, the group has fortunately still been able to help out in a variety of ways. For example, the homework club has been taking place weekly at the college and has been enjoyed by volunteers and […]

Fighting modern day slave trade

The term ‘modern day slave trade’ provokes strong and emotional responses and yet we tend to see it as something that only happens in big cities, far away from us. Sadly, that is not the case as our caseworkers know how this is happening today on our doorstep. Modern slavery is comprised of human trafficking […]

Four months of “food from home” Foodbank

We would rather know there wasn’t a need for foodbanks and that all our fellow citizens where able to support themselves and their families without them. However, as this is not the case, we are proud to offer this service to support our clients with the international food they need to cook their culture’s dishes […]

Hate crime and online abuse in our town

Did you know hate crime is ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic’? Did you know that evidence of the hate element is not a requirement? It would be enough if another person, a witness […]

Refugee Week Lottery

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. We are always looking for innovative ways of raising funds to meet the ever […]

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 […]