Jon and his colleagues at the civil service have got stuck into supporting RSN over the past few months. In this guest blog post, he tells us what they've been up to and extends an invitation to a film screening on 9th February. Join us!
What do we prioritise in our work and research? How do we bridge the gap between the UK and overseas? What difference does educational support make? We talked to Al-Fanar Media about our history, work and ethos.
This new component of our higher education programme aims to enable young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking who are facing barriers in accessing higher education to overcome these obstacles and move forward in their education through face-to-face specialist advice, guidance and support. And read on for information about a great event at KCL that we'll be part of in February.
This year, we’re part of The Big Give, a week-long funding challenge. Between midday on Tuesday 28th November and midday on Tuesday 5th December, we’ll be trying to raise £2,000 for RSN. This will then be matched by 10 RSN ‘champions’ and a charitable trust, giving us a grand total of £4,000! So, if someone gives £10, we’ll get £20. If someone gives £40, we’ll get £80. And so on…
Ben and David Payne ran the Hull Marathon to say thank you to Hull NICU for the care they showed Ben's son Felix and to raise money for Refugee Support Network in memory of their incredible brother, John (pictured right).
This lovely evening at Upstairs at The Ritzy in Brixton, organised by Verena, a former mentor and long-term friend of RSN, celebrated the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the ancient Middle East, through art, music and spoken word.
RSN is part of the Croydon Young Refugees Network, an umbrella group of around 30 organisations working to improve opportunities and outcomes for young refugees and asylum seekers in the Croydon area. We were signatories to the group's statement in response to the recent attack of a 17 year old Kurdish boy.
A new report, Invisible Wounds, from Save the Children has revealed how the war in Syria has ruined childhoods, leading to ‘toxic stress’ across a generation of children, leaving a life-long impact on their mental and physical health.
Huge thanks to everyone who came to this brilliant gig with Yakobo, Jess Hall and David Benjamin Blower at the fabulous Half Moon in Putney. The proceeds from ticket sales (an amazing £700!!!) will go directly to our work of helping young refugees build more hopeful futures through education. We were so grateful to everyone who came along and to the artists who generously shared their time and talents.