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Without the wonderful partners who support our work we would find it hard to give the holistic support we currently provide for clients. We first met Mrs J and her son M around 2 years ago. Mrs J is a remarkable woman from Nigeria who came here some years ago with her son who has […]

#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 […]