Community Sponsorship

There are now two ways to officially come here for resettlement. The original Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme and now an additional children’s scheme which identifies children and their families who are vulnerable. The Government has added another 3,000 to their original 20,000 people to include this group. They do not have to come from Syria. […]


At Refugee Action-Colchester (RA-C) we highly value the incredible difference all befrienders make in the lives of newly resettled families. Befrienders act as a much needed bridge for families who find themselves in an unfamiliar environment. Together with Essex Integration, RA-C has been increasingly involved in linking Syrian families to local British ones, who are […]

Colchester Borough of Sanctuary

We are so proud that with cross-party support of the Council, we have now become part of a national City of Sanctuary movement. Across the United Kingdom, 90 towns and cities, are committed to creating a culture of welcome and safety for everyone. On Sunday 8th October 2017, we celebrated Colchester becoming a Borough of […]

Community Interest Company

Refugee Action – Colchester is pleased to announce that it has now become a Community Interest Company.  The management group chose to formalise its administrative arrangements by applying to become a registered not for profit company with the aim of securing funding for a number of projects to extend our support for refugees and asylum […]


Two volunteers from Colchester will be travelling to Calais in mid September to volunteer with Care4Calais, an organisation we have worked with for almost two years.  The situation is still desperate for over a thousand refugees in the region and Care4Calais also regularly support refugees in Belgium and Paris.  We will be taking a car […]

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 […]