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Birmingham is home to a large number of refugees. STAR is a national charity which offers non-judgmental support by befriending refugees, campaigning for them and raising awareness. We aim to provide a safe, friendly environment when interacting with refugees. No previous experience is neccessary! 

Currently, we run the following activities at the Stone Road Initial Accommodation centre for asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham:-


Playscheme gets the children living at the centre involved in arts and crafts, playing games, reading stories, indoor sports and blowing bubbles! As the environment is quite bleak and dreary, the playroom is brightened up with the children’s artwork and brings life to the centre!
(Children safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (children) training
Wednesday afternoon

English Language Club:

The English language club is an opportunity to share some useful language skills with the individuals staying at the centre. Different topics are covered every week and it is a chance for the adults at the centre to put their English language into practice.
(Adult safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)
Monday, 7pm


Walking with refugees
Coming to a new place can be daunting. We show the refugees and asylum seekers around their local area. 
Days/Time TBC

We also run campaigns on refugee issues, and organise events to raise the money needed to enable our volunteering sessions.

Volunteering for STAR is flexible so you can do as much or as little as you like! We'll give you training, where necessary, support you in getting your DBS, and pay for all the transport involved.

For more information, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help with any queries.

To apply to become a Student Action for Refugees (STAR) volunteer, send us an email at the address mentioned above, and we'll get back to you within two working days.

Application process:

  • Send us an email expressing your interest
  • Complete an application form
  • You'll be invited to an informal interview - a chance for us to meet you and for you to find out more about what we do
  • Complete the online training required
  • Get a DBS form from the Guild
  • Start volunteering!








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Every year, you elect fellow students to your Officer Team, who represent you and lead your union. Each Officer has their own roles and remit which you can view below. You have a chance to make sure your elected Officers are doing what they said they will, by attending Officer Question Time held each term.

 Ellie Keiller - Guild President 2016-17
Natalie Cox - Activities & Development Officer 2016-17
Chris Wilkinson - Education Officer 2016-17
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Brandon Hattiloney - Representation & Resources Officer 2016-17
Georgie Freeman - Sports Officer 2016-17
Ross Strong - Welfare Officer 2016-17

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