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! 

KCLSTAR has bi-weekly meetings with our members to update them with our recent achievements and to brainstorm new ideas together.

Contact us via our Facebook page or email if you want to join or collaborate with us for volunteering, campaigning or fundraising!

 

Annal General Meeting 2020

KCL STAR's Annual General Meeting and elections for the committee of 2020/21 are coming up! We have had a fantastic year which we hope to build upon next year.

We have many positions open and encourage anyone passionate about supporting refugees to apply. We especially encourage that identify as from a BAME or forced displacement background to apply.

The positions open are:

  • President
  • Treasurer/ Vice President
  • Communication and Media Officer
  • Events Officer
  • Campaign Officer
  • Lovetolearn Officer
  • Southfields Officer

Please see the document for the role requirements:
http://bit.ly/2Q7dKtz

To apply you need to fill out this google form before 23:59, 1 April:
http://bit.ly/32WeKGr

 

Volunteering

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.

Love to Learn Homework Club

  • Date: every Wednesday or Thursday (you may choose one to go regularly)

  • Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Location: Katherine Low Settlement, 108 Battersea High St, Battersea, London SW11 3HP (https://goo.gl/maps/4QD4PkeCWQCbUgpQ8)

  • Details: tutoring homework for students, at the age of 4-10 (on Thursday) or the age of 11-16 (on Wednesday) at a community centre, for an hour. You will then use another hour time for creative or sports activities along with other volunteers.

  • Responsible officer: Lauren Barland (lauren.barland@kcl.ac.uk)

We will seek more volunteers, so please reach out to Lauren if you are interested.

Southfields Homework Club

This programme does not plan to recruit any more volunteers at the moment.

  • Details: volunteers help teachers during English lessons. A weekly commitment during university term-time - work varies from helping out during lessons to 1:1 sessions with kids, depending on what support the teachers will need from you.

Outreach programme

This programme does not plan to recruit any more volunteers at the moment.

 

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