Introducing Essex STAR

Essex STAR was thrilled to participate in Refugee Action Colchester’s  Pop-Up Syrian Cafe at Firstsite on Saturday 19th October. This was our first one-off volunteering project as a society and, if we may say so, it was a great success! Our volunteers had a lot of fun helping out with the cooking for the event, […]

Community Activities – Update

Whilst so many more Sanctuary Seekers bring their stories and pleas for help to Refugee Action Colchester there are positive things happening in our RA-C community. Befrienders continue to give tireless support to their families and volunteers contribute to many other necessary activities. The Community Meetings have gone from strength to strength and it has […]

Help us to help more people feel welcome, safe and dignified.

The people we meet have a wide range of issues – often made all the worse by a history of unthinkably harrowing experiences endured in their own countries or while travelling to the UK. Getting to know desperate and often completely destitute people, gaining their trust, hearing their stories and ultimately helping them to get […]

Monthly meetings are child’s play, thanks to Jan

Since Jan has been supporting play at our monthly meetings at Firstsite there has been an increase in the amount of children asking their parents to come to these meetings… Children often arrive asking ‘where is Jan?’ – she welcomes them in a way that shows where training and expertise meet real life and offers […]

Poetry book benefits refugees locally and internationally.

We were thrilled and very grateful recently to accept a £600 donation from Poetry Wivenhoe, Colchester Mosaic Stanza and Suffolk Poetry Society who donated the proceeds from their anthology ‘Towards the Light, poems of reconciliation.’ The book features many truly evocative poems, as demonstrated in the following extract from ‘ Existentialism on the Dengie Peninsula’ […]