Category Archives: In the Community

Community Activity Update – August 2020

Community activities continue to be popular and to provide some pleasure and purpose during this difficult time. The library service supplied us with packs of books and activities for families and these have been distributed by volunteers and case-workers. The Mercury theatre asked us to take part in their production of short videos related to […]

Together We Grow – Forest Schools reimagined and reincarnated.

Just before the Covid 19 lockdown we were excited to receive a generous grant from Colchester Borough Council specifically for use with our Forest School activities. For about 2 years we had had the occasional Forest School in High Woods, Colchester, under the supervision of Tim, a volunteer who is a qualified Forest School leader […]

Friends not Foes Homework Club

Every Friday during term time between about six and ten Sixth Form students, along with teachers Kerstin and Alison stay behind when lessons finish at 4pm at The Sixth Form College, North Hill. They do so to provide one to one help with homework for school age young people in the refugee community.  The club […]

Community Activities Update

As the monthly Community Meetings have gone from strength to strength we are also attracting more volunteers who want to get actively involved in Refugee Action – Colchester. This is just as well as the calls for help from sanctuary-seekers from many countries, are increasing all the time, as people realise the precariousness of the […]

Room for Refugees – a truly inspiring review…

Hi, my name’s Gianantonio (Toni for short!) and I have been hosting a delightful brother and sister, Amanuel and Minas, two Eritreans who lived in the Sudan. I must say that I am so pleased to have made the decision to host and have been so very fortunate to have had these two lovely people […]

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, […]