Student Action for Refugees

Student Action for Refugees

Introduction

Who we are

 

LSE SU Student Action for Refugees (STAR) seeks to empower and improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad with our fundraising, campaigning and volunteering efforts. We recruit volunteers for programmes run by partner organisations, including Notre Dame Center for Refugees and Salusbury World, to support participants as they learn English, search for jobs, and rebuild their lives in London.

Wintegreat @ LSE

 

In 2017-18, we ran a pilot programme - Wintegreat @ LSE - in conjunction with the French NGO Wintegreat aimed at recognising and developing the potential of refugees to participate in professional jobs and higher education. Participants received twice-weekly English language lessons, and took part in skills-based sessions, like debating competitions, careers talks, and writing articles for The Beaver, LSE's student newspaper. For this we were awarded a newly created Social Impact Award by LSE SU, and received a Silver Comet Award from STAR National. 

Refugee Week 2018 

Our annual Refugee Week was led by a sub-commitee who organised a series of events including panels, workshops, and arts sessions.

Campaigns and Events 

LSE SU STAR also raised funds and collected donations in response to emergencies such as the exacerbated conflict in Myanmar in late 2017 and the demand for warm clothing in Calais over winter. 

STAR National 

Lastly, as part of a national network (http://www.star-network.org.uk/index.php), we participate in nationwide campaigns on issues such as immigration detention, destitution, family reunion, and equal access to higher education.

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