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STAR (Student Action for Refugees)

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is a student-run organisation that aims to raise awareness of refugee issues and promote the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into society.

KCL STAR provides rewarding volunteering and campaigning experience and is open to all students!  We offer a range of opportunities for you to develop new skills, meet other passionate, like-minded students and be a part of a fun society.

Contact us via our Facebook page or email if you want to join or collaborate on volunteering programmes, campaigns or fundraising.  Make sure to sign up to our mailing list and follow us on all our socials for regular updates! 

 

Current Fundraising Campaign

TECH2TEACH(Donate and share)

The children at the Homework Club of the Love to Learn program in Battersea are currently facing a pressing issue—and we need your support in providing the solution!

Children of this club, many coming from refugee backgrounds, do not have the facilities to access the Internet. This digital poverty is having a huge impact on these children's education, restricting their access to schooling delivered through online platforms and the "Corona-club" Love to Learn have been holding over Zoom as well as affecting their wellbeing during these difficult times. This is where we need your help.

KCL STAR is raising funds to buy Amazon Fire Tablets, protective cases and 3 months of data for 55 children who are in the Homework Club. The aim is to provide technological support for these children, to ensure they fulfil their educational potential and learn in a variety of ways—all facilitated by the internet. As of 2018, a little over 15% of the population in London are non-users of the internet. Our fundraiser also aims to reduce this rate, albeit at a local level.

Volunteering Opportunities

Please note that all volunteers must go through our training before they could start volunteers. Contact the officers who are in charge of the programme for training and more information.

1. Southfields

Time: Each volunteer will sign up to a time slot that suits them and be expected to attend each week.  

Role: 

  • Working across Y7-11 with a range of English abilities. 

  • Mainly supporting with English homework, but also various other subjects. 

  • A volunteer could be supporting 1-5 students in a session.

Where: 

  • Southfields Academy School (Closest tube: Wimbledon or Southfields)

Duration: 

  • Whole academic year, please let us know if you cannot volunteer for certain periods

COVID update: 

  • TBC after consultation with Southfields Academy

  • Potential for online support if in-person contact is not possible but this will depend on the school’s policies.

Email: Siobhan - k1920471@kcl.ac.uk


2. LovetoLearn Homework club: Sign Up

Time: 

  • Wednesdays 4:00-6:30 pm Seniors (10-16) OR

  • Thursday 4:00-6:30 pm Juniors (4-10)

Role: 

  • The club is run by the charity LovetoLearn and consists of two parts, 1 hour for homework and 1 hour for fun activities. 

  • A volunteer may be asked to help a young person with homework, read or play with the younger children individually or in a group, help with cookery, arts and crafts, or sports activities. 

  • If your application is successful, you will receive training in safeguarding and working with the children from LovetoLearn during a trial session.

Where: 

  • Katherine Low Settlement Centre, Battersea (Closest station Clapham Junction)

Duration: 

  • Whole academic year, please let us know if you cannot volunteer for certain periods. 

  • Please only apply if you can commit for weekly volunteering for a minimum of 1 term (4 months)

 

COVID update:

  • Due to COVID 19 many of our services have been adapted, the following volunteering opportunities are available for Summer 2020. This will be updated at the start of the next academic year. 

  • Time:

    • Socially distanced sports and activities, Tuesdays 11 am - 4 pm;

    • Online activity club, Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 6:00 pm with ages 4-10 (juniors) 

    • Socially distanced summer program (days and times will vary)

Email: Rebecca - rebecca.hotchkin@kcl.ac.uk 

 

3. Outreach:

 

Time: 

  • tbc. 

  • 6 sessions spaced through first and second term, including one day event in a school half term.

Role: 

  • Delivering sessions about university and job application to young asylum seekers and refugees currently studying for GCSEs (but mostly of sixth form age). 

  • Volunteers will be expected to work with small groups to help them with activities related to the content and to go more in depth on their particular aspirations. 

  • There will be one day long event including a trip to a London attraction and workshops from KCL societies.

Where: 

  • 3 sessions at Southfields Academy. 

  • 3 sessions at each KCL campus (Guy’s, Strand, Waterloo (or potentially Denmark Hill if we have a volunteer studying there). 

  • One trip to a London attraction.

Duration

  • First and Second term. 

  • It is possible to join the project in second term if, for example, you are on placement in second term or have a clash with a first term module.

COVID update

  • TBC after consultation with Southfields Academy

  • Potential for online sessions if in person contact is not possible.

  • Sessions may only start in second term if that is deemed safer (there would still be 6 sessions just in a shorter space of time)

Email: Siobhan - k1920471@kcl.ac.uk#

 

4. Other opportunities:

  • Although a lot of our volunteering requires a significant time commitment there are many other ways you can get involved with STAR! We have regular team working on fundraising and other events, if you would like to be involved with this, please email our general email  kclstar@live.co.uk

 

Past achievements 2019/20

Annual Conference: ‘Who Are We? Refugees, displaced identities and the question of belonging', 29 February 2020

  • This year we had a day-long exploration of what it means to be away from your home and how that affects your identity.

  • We touched upon aspects such as nationality, family, and sexual identity. We gathered speakers from refugee backgrounds, policy research groups, charities, and grassroots organisations to lead the conference.

  • Speakers include:

    • Maddy Robinson - Student Action for Refugees

    • Elizabeth Hobbs - Refugee Rights Europe

    • Dr Hannah Kienzler - Senior Lecturer in Global Health, King’s College London

    • Anna Virabyan - expert by experience and artist 

    • Lara Goodwin and Alana Eissa - Micro Rainbow

    • Adebola Lamuye and Zino Akaka - We Belong

Emergency Family Reunion Demonstration, 20 January

  • MPs voted on making amendments on the protection of child refugees in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 in January. This amendment had previously guaranteed the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with family members living in the UK after Brexit. However, last week the government voted 348 to 252 against the Refugee Child Protection Bill, retracting their promise to reunite children with their families. 

  • KCL STAR joined an Emergency Family Reunion demonstration on Monday 20 January, outside Parliament to voice our opinion to protect the scheme which enables child refugees and asylum seekers to be reunited with family members in the UK.

Families Together Letter Writing Day, 24 January 2020

  • We wrote letters to MPs on the current treatment of refugees in the UK and calling upon them to take action regarding the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20. 

  • We also discussed people's thoughts on the STAR campaigns (Lift the Ban, Equal Access, Families Together, and Safe Passage).

  • For more information on the Family Reunion Bill, see http://bit.ly/3cQJdKt. 

Refugees and Mental Health, 5 December 2019

  • Our last event in 2019. We had a discussion about Refugees and Mental Health. 

  • Speakers talked about different aspects of mental health and trauma that displaced people have to deal with. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

  • Speakers:

    • Sohail Jannesari, PhD student at King's College London

    • Rehman Anwer, Tell MAMA's Outreach Officer

    • Dr Guntars Ermansons, Teaching Fellow at King's College London

Gift Wrapping for Love to Learn, 3 December 2019

  • At the start of this academic year we hosted Rave 4 Refugees - all of the donations made during the event have made these presents possible! However, now we need your help to wrap the books that we have bought for the children from our Love to Learn Homework Club. 

Thrift Shop, 2 - 4 December 2019

  • Join KCL STAR at fundraising with a twist - you can sustainably refurbish your wardrobe and support a cause! We collected clothes and then selling them in a Thrift Shop, so you can essentially swap your clothes. All of the proceeds we receive were donated to the national STAR, meanwhile, anything that we do not sell will be donated to the homeless in London (in partnership with King's Hot Choc Soc).

Join

  • STAR (student action for refugees) Associate Membership (Non-students)£0.00
  • STAR (student action for refugees) Standard Membership£0.00

Our Products

  • Star Society Fundraising£0.00
  • Star Society Misc£0.00