TEAM ACTION FOUNDATION – GREAT NORTH RUN 2018!

TEAM ACTION FOUNDATION – GREAT NORTH RUN 2018!

We have 14 fantastic runners representing Action Foundation this year raising money to support our projects supporting vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland!  If you would like to help them to reach their fundraising targets please go to our Virgin Money Giving page.

The Great North Run takes place on 9 September and our team will be joining over 55,000 other runners so let’s help them along! If you can help cheer them along the route or the finish line get in touch with Nikki McCann at nikkimccann@actionfoundation.org.uk
 
Here is the first of our RUNNERS STORIES: Dominic Bourn
I have always had a heart for social justice. I became a secondary school teacher so that I could impact the lives of vulnerable children from the inner city. I have worked taught in the UK, Africa and Asia to serve the neediest children. In the UK I have worked with the Emmanuel Schools Foundation for 15 years because it is an organisation that provides the ideal opportunity to serve children within the context of a Christian ethos school. Quite a number of our students at Emmanuel College have had to flee from war zones or persecution. I have been deeply moved by their personal stories. In 2015 we saw the devastating photos of a baby washed up on the beach in Greece after the refugee boat he was in capsized. This had a massive and moving impact on many of our students at Emmanuel. Students wanted to raise money to send to the refugees arriving in Europe and they wanted to make a difference. This is how I first became aware of the work of Action Foundation and other refugee charities in the North East. It has been a privilege to meet Julian and see the work that Action Foundation have been doing.
 
My training so far … I am trying to get out for a jog three times per week. I live in Whickham so I run a 2.5 mile loop twice a week and then a 5 mile loop around Watergate park, Sunniside and Whickham at the weekends. I love getting out for a run and am especially thankful that we have some fantastic tracks and trails through woods and fields. However I have slowed down a bit with the recent heat wave…..
 
Keep going Dom – we’re all behind you!!  To donate to Dom please go to: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=DominicBourn&pageUrl=1

 

Lord Mayor of Newcastle visits Action Foundation

Lord Mayor of Newcastle visits Action Foundation

In celebration of Refugee Week, we welcomed the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Down and The Lady Mayoress to Action Foundation.

As one of the Mayor’s two chosen charities for the year the timing couldn’t have been better. They joined an Action Language class and helped with a geography quiz on capital cities around the world before joining our Housing team to find out about our Hosting and Letting projects. We look forward very much to working together with The Lord Mayor over his coming year in office for the benefit of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in our community.

15 for 7 Challenge 2018!

15 for 7 Challenge 2018!

Get involved with our 15 for 7 Challenge from 5th – 12th March and support destitute asylum seekers living in Tyne and Wear!

Do you know how much you spend on your weekly shop per person? Add in toiletries, travel, coffees out and a takeaway and it probably comes to a lot more than £15.

£15 is the amount vulnerable destitute asylum seekers living in Tyne and Wear receive from local charities per week to survive on. Every penny counts, and some find themselves choosing between eating breakfast or travelling to a doctor’s appointment.

Through our Action Housing and Hosting projects we currently have the capacity to support and accommodate 24 destitute asylum seekers but there are over 140 in Newcastle alone in need of our support that we do not have the capacity or finances to help.

We are challenging all our supporters, volunteers and anyone else who wants to get involved to try and live off £15 for 7 days. How you do it is up to you. You could choose to spend only £15 on food for the week, or include travel, or really challenge yourself to spend no more than £15 on all your shopping and travel!

All money raised will go towards supporting our Action Housing and Hosting projects which provide support and accommodation to destitute asylum seekers in Tyne and Wear.

More information can be found on our fundraising page!

Meet Rachel! A Psychology student at Newcastle University who is volunteering with our Action Language project as part of her Careers Development Module!

Meet Rachel! A Psychology student at Newcastle University who is volunteering with our Action Language project as part of her Careers Development Module!

I chose to start volunteering with Action Language because I’d heard what a great experience it is from a friend who had been involved with Action Foundation in the past. I volunteer as a teaching assistant in their free English classes for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants who are unable to access mainstream classes. I saw volunteering with Action Language as an opportunity to help those at a disadvantage and feel like I was doing something really worth-while with my time.

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Meet Ellie! A Law student at Newcastle University who is volunteering with our Action Language project as part of her Careers Development Module!

Meet Ellie! A Law student at Newcastle University who is volunteering with our Action Language project as part of her Careers Development Module!

Action Language seemed like the obvious choice for me when picking a placement for my Careers Development Module. The project supports not only language development but, through language, improves the normal lives of the students that attend the classes. Language is a key aspect for integrating into a new society and can make a real difference to the student’s confidence. I really enjoy the reward of assisting in classroom teaching as I get to see each student improve week on week.

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Great North Run runners raise over £3,000 to support our projects!

Great North Run runners raise over £3,000 to support our projects!

For the first time this year Action Foundation secured charity places for the Great North Run. Our team was made up of a staff member, volunteers and a former Action Letting resident and we are delighted to announce that together they raised £3,095!! This is an amazing achievement and one we are all extremely proud of. Thank you to all our runners and everyone who supported them along the way. Special thanks to one of our runners who was unable to run but still donated £500!

 

New students welcome to register for English classes in Newcastle and Sunderland

New students welcome to register for English classes in Newcastle and Sunderland

We deliver English classes for adults (18+) of all abilities in Newcastle and Sunderland and have registration every week. All you need to bring is some ID.

In Newcastle registration is every Monday 1:30 – 3:30pm at The CastleGate (NE1 2JQ)

In Sunderland registration is every Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm at 90 Coronation Street (SR1 2HE)

For information can be found on our ‘Contact Us’ page

Great North Run 2017!

Great North Run 2017!

If you are heading down to the Great North Run next weekend make sure to give our runners a cheer if you manage to spot them! We have 4 fantastic runners representing Action Foundation this year raising money to support our projects supporting vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland!

You can find out more about our runners and show your support below!

Maria – Action Language Office Assistant and former student

Jonah – Founder of Open Arms and former Action Letting resident

Joe – Action Language volunteer teacher

Andy – Action Hosting volunteer host

Refugee Week Film Night!

Refugee Week Film Night!

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.

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