Category Archives: In the Community

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, […]

Monthly meetings are child’s play, thanks to Jan

Since Jan has been supporting play at our monthly meetings at Firstsite there has been an increase in the amount of children asking their parents to come to these meetings… Children often arrive asking ‘where is Jan?’ – she welcomes them in a way that shows where training and expertise meet real life and offers […]

#RefugeeWeek2019 – Tales of Hope & Inspiration, Day Six

2.6 million people currently live in refugee camps around the world. These displaced people are stuck – unable to find somewhere safe to settle and earn a livelihood, but simply unable to go home. In the camps, refugees are surviving on meagre food supplies, sub-standard healthcare and in appalling conditions. Which is why one of […]

#RefugeeWeek2019 – Tales of Hope & Inspiration, Day Five

Friends Not Foes Friends Not Foes is a partner of Refugee Action – Colchester, and what we call our ‘mini-me’ organisation. We couldn’t do what we do without this wonderful group of young volunteers! The group meets twice a week at The Sixth Form College, Colchester, and offers help to refugees from local schools with […]

#RefugeeWeek2019 – Tales of Hope & Inspiration, Day Four

Community, sanctuary and delicious results Ghaliya and her husband Zak run a catering business called White Gardenia. They cook home-made, traditional Syrian cuisine that’s utterly delicious. Food from Syria is very Mediterranean with fresh salads, grilled meat, hummus, falafel and other mezze-style dishes. The couple are building a new life in Brightlingsea, where they were […]

#RefugeeWeek2019 – Tales of Hope & Inspiration, Day Three

You’ve got 20 minutes to pack a bag and flee your home. What do you take? This is a question we ask primary school children on our workshops as part of the Tendring Junior Ambassadors programme – and to be honest, your iPad won’t keep you warm at night! We’ve spoken to more than 600 children […]

#RefugeeWeek2019 – Tales of Hope & Inspiration, Day Two

‘Bless the teachers!‘ Faith would love to work with children, but reckons being a teacher looks so difficult these days! She can’t work at all, however, because the Home Office has been processing her Leave to Remain application for almost two years, and she hasn’t even had an acknowledgement from them. She’s lived in Colchester […]