Action for education
Nicholas, Martha and Jacob founded Action for Education in November 2017.
”We're a small, grassroots organisation that provides extensive non-formal education to asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece. In Athens we’ve also partnered to provide a women’s only education centre and livelihoods programme.”
Billie, Line, Sara and Marco founded the ANKAA Project in October 2017.
"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."
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland)
Friends 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 services."
Lawyer Jo founded Boundless in October 2016.
“Boundless group supports individuals mainly assisting with 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 Island that offers free legal aid to those for whom the system has failed. To date all ELA clients have been men – single or unaccompanied – who remain at the end of the asylum seeker ‘queue’. Due process is the right of every applicant for asylum."
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 hot food 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 but safe homes in Greece for refugee women and their families who are pregnant or have a baby under one year.”
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 sports activities in camp Malakasa 3 days per week.”
Forge for humanity
Friends Alejandra, Jessica 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 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 in their lives. As a safe house we must stay private and the location secret.”
The Hummingbird Project
Elaine founded The Hummingbird Project in June 2015.
"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 in close cooperation with asylum seekers, refugees, civil society associations, and non-governmental organizations to promote and defend human rights.”
Maslow’s community shop
Carol, Stephen and Janette founded Maslow's Community Shop in February 2017.
"We run a shop giving free clothes and household goods to refugees, asylum seekers and people in the local 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 North 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. 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."
Paris Refugee Ground Support
Heather and Kelvin founded Paris Refugee Ground Support in October 2016.
"We are a small mobile distribution and coordination team. Our van is our essential tool that allows us to reach out to large numbers of displaced people 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."
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 in the country to help get vital yet lacking information to refugees."
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 in Lesvos, Greece where we offer humanitarian assistance and emergency support and provide several activities in and outside the refugee camps and informal settlements.”
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. 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 has spent the last two years supporting displaced people in northern France where we've served meals every day, rain or shine."
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 operate on mainland Greece, on Chios and in Calais, France."
Refugee Legal Support - athens
RLA 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 out permanent team of four.”
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 Europe, 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 the 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'."