Category Archives: Newsletter

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 […]

Four months of “food from home” Foodbank

We would rather know there wasn’t a need for foodbanks and that all our fellow citizens where able to support themselves and their families without them. However, as this is not the case, we are proud to offer this service to support our clients with the international food they need to cook their culture’s dishes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Room for Refugees – a truly inspiring review…

Hi, my name’s Gianantonio (Toni for short!) and I have been hosting a delightful brother and sister, Amanuel and Minas, two Eritreans who lived in the Sudan. I must say that I am so pleased to have made the decision to host and have been so very fortunate to have had these two lovely people […]

Poetry book benefits refugees locally and internationally.

We were thrilled and very grateful recently to accept a £600 donation from Poetry Wivenhoe, Colchester Mosaic Stanza and Suffolk Poetry Society who donated the proceeds from their anthology ‘Towards the Light, poems of reconciliation.’ The book features many truly evocative poems, as demonstrated in the following extract from ‘ Existentialism on the Dengie Peninsula’ […]