Thank you to all our learners, residents, volunteers, funders and supporters!!! What an amazing year it has been and what a great way to end our year with two celebration parties in both Newcastle and Sunderland.
We welcomed over 200 guests to our celebrations in Newcastle, which included a ‘Building Bridges’ challenge (making a bridge from recycled materials in 15 minutes!) to the live sounds of the Cramlington Caribbean Crew! We would like to thank the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress for kindly joining us for our celebration in Newcastle, held in the Turbine Hall at the Castlegate on Tuesday 11 December and to the Samosa Sisters for the delicious hot food. The Samosa Sisters are a non-profit refugee led community organisation that supports and empowers vulnerable women living in NE England raising funds for the relief of poverty (destitution fund) to help vulnerable women with ‘No recourse to public funds’.
In Sunderland, our party got into full swing on Wednesday 12 December when we were delighted to be joined by over 50 guests along with our CEO, Julian Prior, who had the difficult task of selecting the winner in our ‘Building Bridges’ challenge!
Our ‘Thank You’ film, made by Robin Fry with the support of Ash, was premiered at both venues with many of the stars of the screen present at the events!
Here is our special Thank You to you all.
Below are details of an exciting event we are taking part in – please spread the word!
For the past two years, Action Foundation has been working with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and three universities on Linguacuisine, an Erasmus+ project to create an app promoting language learning through cooking. Our language learners have co-designed the website and created recipes in a variety of languages (including English!), which can then be used to aid learning as well as create delicious meals!
We will launch the app at Blackfriars in Newcastle on Tuesday 18 September, and would like to share this with as many people as possible. There will be live cooking and tasting of the recipes, as well as more information on how to contribute your own recipes and opportunities to meet others with shared interests. The event is free and anyone can register at the Eventbrite page below, and you can find out more about the project at https://linguacuisine.com/
We hope we will see you there and please do pass this on to other groups or language learners who may be interested.
As part of our most recent ESOL for Work course, we included (as usual!) a session on volunteering, as a way of gaining experience and enhancing one’s CV. Surrounded as we are at the moment by the Great Exhibition of the North, students were directed towards volunteering there. Two did so, Aleksandra and Lin. Aleksandra volunteered with the Concordia Festival, helping as primary school choirs moved around different venues in Newcastle singing in each place. Here’s her feedback:
“Hi Ruth, I just wanted to thank you for this opportunity for Concordia Festival! It was such a nice experience because children were singing so beautifully!!!”, and Lin? – well, let him tell you himself! “Hello Ruth. Thank you for the great information of Great Exhibition. I have been a volunteer now and attended training sessions as many as I can including First Aid course yesterday. In addition, I have attended the cycling shift of Sound Journey for Newcastle. All of those are very helpful to me. Thank you very much.”
As well as hoping to support our clients to take advantage of new opportunities, we also want to help them with progression, and volunteering is a great way to progress from our ESOL for Work course, and hopefully one day, on to paid work too!
You can find out more about the Great Exhibition of the North and their volunteering opportunities at https://getnorth2018.com/get-involved/volunteers/
The Great North Run takes place on 9 September and this year we have 14 fantastic runners representing Action Foundation, all raising money to support our projects helping 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.
Runners’ Stories: Time to meet Jamie and Dom, our 3-legged Twins!
“Me and my twin brother, Dom, have chosen to run the Great North Run, three-legged. Although we haven’t been involved with Action Foundation directly, we wanted to contribute to the amazing work they do supporting refugees and asylum seekers living in the North-East. The opportunities Action Foundation provides such as offering accommodation and English language courses seem to make an invaluable impact on the lives of vulnerable migrants who have chosen to start a new life in the UK.
We have been training both three-legged and two/four-legged. When training separately, we have been doing regular 10k runs and a couple of shorter ones throughout the week. We will be doing a longer distance half-marathon style soon. For the 3-legged runs, unsurprisingly, it’s slightly more time-consuming. Before we committed to running the Great North Run as a three-legged race, we did a timed 5km to see if running the whole thing would be possible. With a few falls and funny looks off passer-bys, we ran it in about 36 minutes. So hopefully, a 21km (half marathon) run should be possible without taking all day and night.
We have been experimenting with different ways to attach our legs together and which side works best for each of us to run on. At the moment, we have been training with our ankles tied quite close together with a belt and a football sock for some padding. It is hard but possible. When looking up other three-legged long distance runs we also saw they were tied a few inches apart, which seems a lot more comfortable!”
Can you help Jamie and Dom on their three legged challenge? Here’s the link to their fundraising page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser…/fundraiserPage…
If you would like to support our runners in this year’s Great North Run, either by way of donation or to cheer them along and greet them at the finish line, then please get in touch with Nikki McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also donate by going directly to our Virgin Money giving account http://bit.ly/2sUbBWRGNR2018
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 email@example.com
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
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!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas celebration! We had over 180 attendees, a spontaneous conga line, fantastic live music and some fabulous Christmas tree building! It was a great way to end a great year! You can view our photos from this event here!
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!
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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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.