Category Archives: In the Community

Women’s Health Day

On 27th November, Refugee Action-Colchester organized a Women’s Health Day in partnership with Community 360 and Beacon House, to raise awareness of cervical cancer and how to access screenings. There was also a focus on the barriers our clients face in accessing screenings, such as language and translation needs. It was also an opportunity for […]

Caseworker Report

The recently arrived asylum seekers staying at a Colchester hotel have survived war, conflict, loss of family, place and status. Dangerous and difficult journeys compound the experience. Then, once here, the way they are treated while awaiting their asylum claim decision can bring additional trauma and frustration. First in initial accommodation – where you eat […]

New Ventures and Old – Community and Volunteers

As usual, a lot has been happening thanks to the involvement of enthusiastic and committed volunteers. And we are currently in the process of guiding a large cohort of new volunteers through our induction procedure. We are on the verge of holding our 4th Information morning to give a very general picture of RA-C and […]

Caseworker Report

The number of asylum seekers in Colchester has risen dramatically since housing providers started taking over cheap HMO property, some of which had previously been used as student accommodation. There are now 20 such houses in Colchester. Two house families, one a single vulnerable woman, and the rest between 3 and 6 residents each. There […]

Can you help me with my English?

Jonathan Seath, former Principal of Colchester English Study Centre provides some tips. Sometimes we have requests from clients to help improve their English. Clearly a good use of English is important for being able to become a full member of the community, communicating with local services, finding employment and of course keeping up with your […]