Just before lockdown, we completed on the purchase of an old bank in the heart of Harlesden.
RSN grew out of a small local project in this vibrant and diverse part of north west London and we've been here ever since, even as our work has grown across the UK. Here's what we love about Harlesden:
This new refugee education centre will serve as a national headquarters for RSN and a safe and welcoming space for young refugees. It will also enable us to respond creatively to local needs and priorities, alongside our own initiatives to serve young refugees, through:
- Flexible workspace in which ideas can grow and social initiatives can thrive
- Confidential meeting rooms for educational advice and guidance for young refugees
- Therapeutic space to provide wellbeing support for young people
- Flexible open spaces to allow for delivery of training, education support activities, English conversation classes, and social or peer support activities for young refugees and others
Can you help make Harlesden's refugee education centre a reality?
We bought the building with a combination of funds already raised and a loan from Charity Bank. and we have been awarded over £350,000 by Brent Council towards the refurbishment.
To complete the refurbishment and make the monthly repayments affordable we need to raise a minimum of £349,000. Every additional penny raised will reduce the size of our loan and monthly repayments, giving us more flexibility in how we use the building and deliver our services to young refugees.
All gifts will be acknowledged in a permanent display in the refurbished building and all those who give will be invited to a special opening event and tour. All gifts of £10,000 or more will be acknowledged by way of a personalised plaque on display in the refurbished building, subject to the wishes of donors.
RSN's Chief Executive, Catherine, shares the vision at a pre-lockdown fundraising event: