Visioning and Transformation, the ongoing evolution of Refugee Action – Colchester

Refugee Action – Colchester has evolved as a network of volunteers, partners and friendships across Colchester and beyond.   We have become a trusted provider of help to people seeking refuge in Colchester, often called upon informally and formally by statutory services, voluntary organisations and individuals.  So far we rely solely on donations and in particular […]

Invitation to our AGM

I am delighted to invite all our supporters and friends to join us at our AGM and celebration of our third year – 6.30 to 8pm Thursday 15th November at Firstsite. Since last year we have grown and matured from a loose network of humanity welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to Colchester to becoming a […]

Community Meetings

In response to a suggestion from some of the Syrian women we are experimenting with having our Community Meetings on a Friday evening, with no school to worry about the next day. And in response to the fact that many of the families find a 5pm start difficult, by the time children have come home […]

City of Sanctuary East of England Gathering

We are delighted to announce the City of Sanctuary East of England Gathering will be held in Colchester on 6th October, 2018 from 11am – 4pm at the Firstsite Gallery. To book please go to It’s a great opportunity to hear about some of the amazing organisations who have made resolutions of support to […]

Calais Update

Conditions remain very hostile in Northern France for those seeking refuge. As the police continue to confiscate tents, sleeping bags and other possessions the relief organisations are all running low on supplies. At Care4Calais they are low on just about everything, their current needs list includes: Men’s boxer shorts Men’s cotton socks Joggers T-shirts Spray […]

Tendring Junior Warden Project

Tendring Junior Warden Project is an amazing scheme that invites primary schools in the Tendring region to get year 6 children more involved and informed in the diversity of the region. Talks include Bollywood dancing, Hate Crime, African Storytelling and Polish Culture. We have been delighted to take part in 6 sessions this term – […]

Humanity’s Heart film highlighting a desperate generation’s loss of education to be broadcast during World Refugee Week.

At 21:00 on Saturday June 23rd for World Refugee Week, BMTV Sky Channel 762, Freeview: 244 (via VisionTV) will be airing “Humanity Rising in the Refugee Crisis”. Recognising the importance of Refugee Action – Colchester’s work( RAC), Humanity’s Heart has launched another crowdfund campaign, this time supporting two charities, Refugee Action – Colchester and Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI). […]

World Refugee Week event – ‘Sharing Stories – Breaking Bread’ – Saturday 23 June, from 5-8 at Firstsite

Colchester has a great track record welcoming refugees. Last year we welcomed 15 families from Syria an many others from around the world who came here independently and have become refugees. But what is actually like to flee your home and settle here? Every person’s situation is unique. Some have arrived through the vulnerable persons […]