Our new “Food From Home” Foodbank

RA-C’s “Food From Home” Foodbank has been up and running for about a month now and is such an exciting and essential extension of our organisation. Many of our clients from African and Middle Eastern countries can now access ingredients that are expensive to come by and would not be found in Colchester’s general food […]

Policy Vs Reality – National Asylum Support System

If you read about what support Asylum Seekers are able to access via the National Asylum Support System (NASS for short), you would think it’s basic, but mostly adequate. Unfortunately the reality for most is far, far different. Commonplace is bed bugs, heating issues, sharing rooms and bathrooms even during the Pandemic, and for those […]

Meet Mathilde

I’m Mathilde, I’m a new case worker here at Refugee Action – Colchester. I volunteered last summer while finishing my human rights masters at Essex University. I was part of the Craft & Conversation club during lockdown. I graduated from my masters in October, after finishing my dissertation on the lack of gender sensitivity in […]


I am a first year MA Social Work student. I am currently doing my placement with Refugee Action – Colchester. As a social worker, I am keen to work with asylum seekers and refugees, particularly in the context of families and unaccompanied children. Social workers play a key role in ensuring that asylum seekers and […]

“This system let us down”

We want to share the ongoing story of a new client and her experience in accessing housing support. Jasmine is now a British Citizen, originally from Asia, and has been living in Colchester since 2003. In late October she and her three children became homeless. We helped her approach the local housing team. Initially, they […]

Community Recognition Award

We receieved a wonderful email from Colchester Borough Council’s Community Services Team this week, it read… “I am delighted to announce that Refugee Action – Colchester has been nominated by various people for a Community Recognition Award. Thank you for making a difference within your local community, Refugee Action – Colchester thoroughly deserves this recognition.” A lovely acknowledgement of the […]