Category Archives: In the Community

Fighting modern day slave trade

The term ‘modern day slave trade’ provokes strong and emotional responses and yet we tend to see it as something that only happens in big cities, far away from us. Sadly, that is not the case as our caseworkers know how this is happening today on our doorstep. Modern slavery is comprised of human trafficking […]

Hate crime and online abuse in our town

Did you know hate crime is ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic’? Did you know that evidence of the hate element is not a requirement? It would be enough if another person, a witness […]

Refugee Week Lottery

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. We are always looking for innovative ways of raising funds to meet the ever […]

Despite Covid, there is much happening…Community and Volunteer report, 18th March 2021

Miscellaneous My last report on Community and Volunteer activities was in November 2020. Since then, volunteers have continued to do what they can “In a time of Covid” in terms of support of the families and individuals with whom they are involved, teaching English, having Zoom conversations, delivering food to families, running Whatsapp groups and […]

What your donations and kindness support

Remaining open for face-to-face appointments throughout a pandemic has advantages and disadvantages. 15 Queen Street now has a fourth office which doubles up to house the Food from Home Foodbank. At the office, we have 4 caseworkers, a part-time operations manager, and a full-time fundraiser who also takes on housing casework. We are hoping to acquire […]

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 […]