Meet our inspiring partner network
(in alphabetical order)
Action for education
Nicholas, Martha and Jacob founded Action for Education in November 2017.
”We're a small, grassroots group providing extensive informal education to asylum-seekers and refugees in Chios and Samos, whilst in Athens we’ve partnered up to provide a highly beneficial women’s education centre and livelihood programme.”
Billie, Line, Sara and Marco founded the ANKAA Project in October 2017.
"Through our centre in Athens we provide skills development, education and vocational training in catering, media, tailoring, barbershop, workshop, IT and languages, allowing our clients to plan for sustainable futures in employment."
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland)
Steven, Ann and Eilidh founded Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) in January 2016.
"Bikes can, and do, change lives. Ours is a volunteer-led project. By providing donated bikes free to refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland we help people explore their new surroundings and connect with local people and services."
Lawyer Jo founded Boundless in October 2016.
“Boundless supports individuals in Greece with their specific needs from emergency housing, information provision, services referral, food stipends, non-food item (NFI) provision, as well as advice in integration, scholarship applications, careers counselling and jobs referrals.”
Choose Humanity Greece
Mary founded Choose Humanity in January 2017.
"Choose Humanity’s Emergency Legal Aid project is the only initiative on Chios offering free legal aid to those for whom the system has failed. To date all ELA clients have been men – single or unaccompanied – because due process is the right of every applicant for asylum, but men remain at the end of the asylum seeker ‘queue’.”
Svenn and Silvia founded what started as BelgrAid in March 2017. In September 2018 Collective Aid was born as the remit moved beyond Belgrade to the wider Balkans Region.
“We provide our own aid, predominantly a community centre, cinema nights and clothing distributions. And we offer a hub for other grassroots organisations supporting refugees in Serbia."
Sally founded Cribs in May 2016
“We are a small but expanding UK registered charity providing simple yet safe homes in Greece for refugee women and their families who are pregnant or have a baby under one year old.”
Echo for Refugees
Laura and Esther founded the Echo Library Bus in April 2018.
“We are a mobile library visiting four refugee camps and three community centres in and surrounding Athens each week. We loan books in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kurmnaji, Turkish, Greek, French, German and English and distribute language learning resources from mother tongue languages.”
Luath and Deirdre founded foodKIND in January 2017.
“We are a small, 100% volunteer-run, humanitarian organisation that gives food with kindness to refugees. We currently run a community kitchen workshop and children's activities in camp Oinofyta 3 days a week and feed 200 unregistered people in camp Malakasa 3 days per week.”
Forge for humanity
Ale, Jess and James founded FORGE for Humanity in October 2017.
“We provide a place where young single male refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Athens can find assistance on their way towards their personal and professional goals. This group suffers from the greatest marginalisation, whilst being the group with the most potential to contribute to the society and economy.”
Samer founded HopeTowns in May 2016.
"I am a refugee from Sudan. When I arrived in the UK from the Calais Jungle I started my support group HopeTowns. Every Sunday we receive many asylum seekers and refugees who come to our space near Kilburn to receive English and IT classes, as well as legal guidance and friendship."
House of All
Stijn, Tim and Sied founded House of All in March 2018.
“We run a shelter and activity centre in Sarajevo for refugee families, single mothers and other especially vulnerable people. We provide meals, medical and legal assistance, and other aid. Every day we put on activities and do as much as we can to promote normalcy and stability. As a safe house we stay private and the location is secret.”
The Hummingbird Project
Elaine founded The Hummingbird Project in June 2015.
"From our base in Brighton, UK, we provide aid and solidarity with refugees in Europe and across the world. We started as an art installation and have grown through the passion and dedication of an army of enthusiastic volunteers. We also use art practice to articulate the rights of refugees."
Lesvos legal centre
Carlos founded the Lesvos Legal Centre in August 2016.
"We are a team of volunteer lawyers and professionals who believe solidarity is key to combat marginalization, racism and xenophobia. We work =closely with asylum seekers, refugees, civil society associations, and non-governmental organisations to promote and defend human rights.”
Maslow’s community shop
Carol, Stephen and Janette founded Maslow's in February 2017.
"We run a shop giving free clothes and household goods to refugees, asylum seekers and people in the local Glasgow community who suffer hardship. We provide toiletries and underwear on first visits and give English classes weekly. We encourage asylum seekers to volunteer with us and they receive expenses, lunch and training."
Mobile Refugee Support
Charlie and Jed founded Mobile Refugee Support (MRS) in July 2017.
"We provide mobile aid, consolidation and communication support to refugees and displaced peoples. We are based in Dunkirk, Northern France, attempting to target remote locations and areas that are often overlooked by governments and larger NGOs."
One Human Race
Rando founded One Human Race in October 2015.
"Since March 2016 I've mainly been helping in and near Athens providing direct humanitarian aid including shelter, clothes and food. Over the course I’ve built up quite an effective social media network which allows me to connect refugees and volunteers with each other in most European countries."
pampiraiki support initiative for refugees and migrants
Sotiris Alexopoulos founded Pampiraiki in February 2017.
“We are the main provider of basic food, hygiene and baby care products to approx 1600 refugees in the Athens area. We provide approximately 7 tons of basic food a month to this group. In 6 months over 140 pallets of aid can be provided to other areas in Greece from our stock.”
Paris Refugee Ground Support
Heather and Kelvin founded Paris Refugee Ground Support in October 2016.
"We are a small mobile distribution and coordination team providing tents, blankets and more. Our van is our essential tool that allows us to reach out to large numbers of displaced people every night that are left totally alone by the authorities to brave the Paris streets."
phone credit for refugees
James founded The Phone Credits Facebook Group in February 2016.
"A team of wonderful volunteers and donors work together to provide direct and practical support to refugees in the form of phone credit. Having credit keeps vulnerable people safer, allows them access to important services and information and enables them to maintain vital contact with their families."
Jess, Fiona and Aybüke founded Project Armonia in May 2019.
“We work on the Greek island of Samos supporting refugees and asylum seekers by providing nutritious meals and a safe space to eat. Our focus is on the camp's most vulnerable and most in need of nutrition, we then plan to focus on men.”
Claire and Caia founded Project Play in August 2018.
“Project Play is a proposal to meet the growing needs of the displaced children living in Dunkirk and Calais. Our purpose is to create a safe space where we facilitate free and imaginative play, with a focus on minimising the impacts of trauma and developing the skills for emotional regulation and resilience.”
Sharon founded RefuComm in August 2015.
"There is no other organisation with as much material available in as many languages as RefuComm. We work with the UN, Greek Asylum Service and other key actors to help get vital, yet lacking, information to refugees to meet their human rights."
Refugee 4 Refugees
Omar founded Refugee 4 Refugees in April 2017.
"Syrian refugee Omar returned to Greece to support other refugees after their desperate journey towards Europe. We are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, based on both Lesvos and Samos where we offer humanitarian assistance, emergency support and provide activities in and outside the refugee camps.”
Refugee Biryani & bananas
Ruhi founded Refugee Biryani & Bananas in January 2016.
"Formed by a group of friends who are committed to volunteering and supporting those in crisis and suffering. Our focus is providing aid in Chios, but we also go where we’re needed. We simply have an inclusive attitude and work with many different organisations, groups and individuals to make things happen."
refugee community kitchen
Paula, Janie, Steve and Sam founded Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) in November 2015
"At RCK we serve hot, nourishing food with dignity and respect to people in need in the UK and abroad. RCK actively supports displaced people in northern France where we've served meals every day, rain or shine, from our professional kitchen."
Refugee info bus
Sarah founded the Refugee Info Bus in March 2016.
"We use technology to carry out legal education, advocacy and collaborative journalism together with refugees who have been displaced in Europe. We’ve operated on mainland Greece, on Chios and in Calais, France."
Refugee Legal Support - athens
RLS Athens was founded by a small group of lawyers who set up a pro bono clinic in April 2017.
“We provide free legal support for asylum applications and family reunification. The clinic is staffed by UK volunteer lawyers who travel to Athens on a rota basis to support our permanent team of four.”
Refugee rescue / mo chara
Joby and Jude founded Refugee Rescue in January 2015.
“Our team operate aboard our nimble rescue boat Mo Chara, meaning 'My Friend' in Gaelic. She is an ex-RNLI Atlantic 75, built to get people to safety fast. We operate on Lesvos’ north shore.”
Refugee Women’s Centre
Caroline founded the Refugee Women's Centre in October 2015
"The Refugee Women's Centre provides a safe space for vulnerable people who are refugees in northern France, especially women, and makes the link between them and other specialised organisations and support (e.g. medical and legal)."
Thomas founded Roots in September 2017.
"We collect old laptops and other batteries and recycle them into phone charging power banks for refugees at a fraction of the cost of buying new. We also lead on litter picking in Dunkirk Grande Synthe to prevent disease spreading, and to keep local people and wildlife happier."
Jasmine, Bogdan and Alba founded Samos Volunteers in January 2016.
“We provide help and support to the asylum seekers and refugees living in the camp and shelters of Samos. Our main services are a community centre, laundry station and supporting the legal centre.”
Florence founded Solidarithe in January 2017.
“We serve tea and information to refugees in Paris because everyone has the right to hot drinks and informed decisions.”
Gerard and Chrissie founded SOS Chai in January 2002.
“We offer hot meals twice a week to the large community of refugees who squat in Caen and Ouistrham, northern France. We have retro fitted an ambulance as a food truck for this purpose.”
The Welcome Tent
Friends Emma, Sparky, Hannah, Mohammed, Abdulaziz, Alzubiar, Christine and Bazada, founded The Welcome Tent in January 2016.
"The Welcome Tent is an ex-army catering tent that was gifted to us and repurposed for peace. Now it's 2019 and "Recipes of Hope" have been cooked and shared across Europe. Emma and Sparky continue the journey collaborating with projects and people who 'welcome'."