Action for Refugees was formed as a grouping of academics, support staff and students at Edge Hill University who felt a common need to respond to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad. The initial spark was created by a presentation given by members of staff in the Faculty of Education on their work as volunteers in the Calais Jungle. This prompted a multi-faceted response that included fund-raising, volunteering, curriculum developments and knowledge sharing and transfer events. Perhaps most importantly, the group engaged on a number of levels with refugees, asylum seekers and organisations working to support them.
We aim to promote a multi-faceted, positive, response to the refugee crisis that results in a greater understanding of and practical support for those involved.
Our intended outcomes are to:
- Share relevant research.
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the refugee crisis.
- Provide practical support to refugees, asylum seekers and those agencies working with them.
- Ensure that all teacher-training graduates from the Faculty of Education are better able to meet the learning requirements of refugees.
- To learn from the experiences, skills and knowledge of refugees and asylum seekers.
We are very keen to ensure that the development of the group is led by the priorities of those directly involved. It is important to us that the group is open to refugees and asylum seekers as well as representatives from the wide range of organisations working to support them.
To find out more, contribute to the blog or to join the mailing list, please email A4R@edgehill.ac.uk
Staff at EHU can also join the mailing list via Outlook 365