The ELSA Nottingham Refugee Project is a student-run initiative which aims to help the most vulnerable in our society. We are looking to introduce ELSA members to organisations throughout Nottingham who help the refugees and asylum seekers on daily basis.
The Refugee Project has worked in the local community to provide support for refugees and asylum seekers, while at the same time providing volunteering opportunities for ELSA Nottingham members.
One of the Refugee Project’s first initiatives was ‘Access’, a 10-week course run in collaboration with a local NGO called the Rainbow Project. The main aim was to inform local refugees and asylum seekers about the services they can access as well as other general information to be able to live healthily and navigate through the life in the UK with more ease. This was achieved by hosting different speakers each week, including the Police, the NHS, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF) legal team, healthy eating experts and local English class providers.
Going forward, the ELSA Nottingham Refugee Project is keen to expand in the future. Soon, we hope to offer a befriending scheme as our principal initiative for the upcoming year, to engage more with the community by participating in events such as the Refugee Week, and, hopefully, to expand our legal knowledge of immigration law by collaborating with local law firms. Naturally, volunteers will also remain vocal on and off campus in a more general capacity in order to raise awareness of refugee and migration issues.
We are thrilled to announce that the project was 'Highly Commended' for the Best Charitable Initiative Award in the Students' Union Societies Awards 2016/17.
(L-R: Jessica, Co-Founder/President; Becky, SU Activities Officer; Agata, Outgoing Director; Daniel, Incoming Director)