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STAR

Birmingham is home to a large number of refugees. STAR (STudent Action for Refugees) 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 necessary! 

Currently, we run the following activities for asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham...



English Conversation Classes:

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, child safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)

 

Film Nights:

We show a film for refugees at a hostel and provide snacks and drinks. Volunteers give out snacks and chat to adults and children.

(Adult safeguard training, child safeguard training  and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)
 

 

Walking Tours:

We take a group of refugees on a walking tour of Birmingham, to help them to get to know their new city and what it has to offer! Includes some one-off trips to local attractions such as Cadbury World.

(Adult safeguard training, child safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)
 

 

Women's Project:

We offer a range of sessions specifically for women at a local hostel. These include makeup lessons and henna sessions.

(Adult safeguard training, child safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)

 

Football Club:

The Football Club is a great opportunity for refugees and volunteers to have a kick about, have fun, make new friends and improve English skills!

(Adult safeguard training, child safeguard training and DBS certificate required - Canvas Safeguarding session (adults) training)
 

 

We also run campaigns on refugee issues, such as equal access to university, indefinite detention and family reunion, and organise events to raise the money needed to enable our volunteering sessions to run and be improved.

Volunteering for STAR is flexible so you can do as much or as little as you like. However, once you sign up for a session, we expect you to commit to avoid that session being cancelled last minute. 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.
Email: star1@guild.bham.ac.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/STARbrum16
Instagram: @starbirmingham

 

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 the online training required
  • Get a DBS form from the Guild
  • Become a member of our society (click join above)
  • You will be added to our private volunteering Facebook group
  • Start volunteering!

 

 

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