Category Archives: In the Community


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 […]

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 […]

Borough of Sanctuary

On the 26th July 2017 something extraordinary happened in Colchester. A motion was put forward to the Cabinet meeting of Colchester Borough Council by Cllr. Rosalind Scott. Both Maria Wilby and Rahaf Alghalyoun spoke in support of the motion. Two members of Colchester Sixth Forms Friends not Foes group also spoke about the projects they […]

Pop-ups at firstsite – food for thought

Refugee Action-Colchester ran a two-day Pop-up Café in December 2016 at Firstsite gallery, with a further one in February 2017. The Pop-ups were planned to coincide with the start and the end of Gee Vaucher’s exhibition “Introspective” – the theme for the pop-ups was ‘Syrian food’ and we prepared dishes that were either traditional dishes or […]