Refugee Week is back and this year’s theme is ‘Different pasts, shared futures’. To celebrate the event and raise awareness of the fantastic work being done to support refugees living in the region we are holding a special film night in partnership with The Comfrey Project. The Comfrey Project works with refugees and asylum seekers across allotment sites in Newcastle and Gateshead to improve general well-being, support integration and provide a safe and secure place they can relax and socialise.
The film we have chosen to show is called Grow Your Own (rated PG) and encompasses this year’s theme bringing together people from all walks of life (including a refugee) to interact in the safe place of an allotment. It shows that no matter your past, we can all work together for a positive future.
We are showing the film in The Turbine Hall in The CastleGate (NE1 2JQ). There will be the opportunity to buy popcorn or a drink from our bar before the film starts. After the film there will be a short presentation where The Comfrey Project and Action Foundation will be able to talk about the work that we do and answer any questions the film may have raised.
19:00 – 19:30 – Arrivals and refreshments
19.30 – 21:00 – Grow Your Own screening
21:00 – 21.30 – Presentations from Action Foundation and The Comfrey Project
You can book your free ticket here!
It is all set to be a great evening and we hope to see you there!
This is a free event but there will be the opportunity to donate to either project on the night.
Want to find out more about hosting? We are holding a 1 hour information session in Newcastle (21st June) and in Sunderland (19th July) where you can find out more! Visit our Action Hosting page for full details.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Senior Support Worker to join our housing team providing support to refugees and destitute asylum seekers in Tyne and Wear.
If you have experience working in a casework environment, experience of leading a team, experience of working with vulnerable adults and a strong awareness of the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers we would love to hear from you!
All details can be found on our recruitment page and applications are closing 6th April 2017 (9:00am)
Do you have a spare room? Would you like to help someone who is homeless?
Action Hosting matches volunteer hosts offering a spare room in their home with a destitute asylum seeker. Over the next few months we are holding several open evenings where you can learn more about our hosting project and how you can get involved. Read More »
Could you live for a week on £15? That’s just over £2 a day. Sound difficult?
That is the reality for over 200 destitute asylum seekers living in Tyne and Wear right now surviving on £15 a week provided by local charities.To raise awareness of the difficulties facing destitute asylum seekers and support our projects helping this vulnerable group we are asking you to be sponsored to try and live on £15 for 1 week.
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This year we are working in partnership with Giraffe Financial LLP who are offering a free Will writing service for anyone who would like to leave a legacy donation to Action Foundation. Read More »
We are looking for landlords or investors who want to do something a bit different with their property and use it to benefit vulnerable people without the hassle of managing their property. Read More »
On the 30th November we held our annual Action Foundation celebration. This was an opportunity for us to thank all our learners, volunteers, residents and supporters for their hard work, encouragement and support over the past 12 months.
Over 140 guests attended including 77 learners, 37 volunteers and 11 residents. Together we played games, including a very competitive game of ‘build the tallest tower’, had lunch and listened to Action Foundation CEO Julian Prior talk about some highlights and achievements of the past 12 months.
Mohammad is one of our Action Language students currently studying in Pre-Entry A, our most basic level English class. Mohammad is originally from Sudan and came to the UK 7 months ago knowing absolutely no English. After arriving in Newcastle in June Action Language was recommended to him by friends and he began attending classes at the start of the academic year.
Mohammad says that it is important to learn English as it is an international language meaning he can communicate with many people from different countries. He also says it is very important as it enables him to access basic services like the bank and post office, decreasing his reliance on friends for help. Mohammad says he is enjoying learning English and he likes his teacher a lot and the lessons are always fun and interesting, although he sometimes finds it hard. He says his favourite thing about Action Language is the opportunity to meet people and socialise and says he has made many new friends from different nationalities and greatly looks forward to each lesson. Mohammad wishes to continue learning English, increase his confidence and hopes to get a job in the future.