Thursday, January 27, 2011

STAR groups share their successes from last year and their hopes for 2011

STAR groups across the country look back at their successes in the autumn term and share their ideas for the new year.

Barts & the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

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Our biggest achievement last term was:

  • “Keeping STAR’s presence known and getting new people interested despite many obstacles! E.g. having no provision made for us at Freshers’ Fair so having to gatecrash!”

This term our main aims are:

  • “To move Homework Club into Leyton College ( – increasing uptake by taking the club to the students).”
  • “To engage as many people as possible in the STAR & Amnesty London Sleepout to make it a big success!”

Bradford

Our biggest achievements last term were:

  • “Our training events at the beginning of the year. Our events – ‘On English Conversation’ and ‘An Introduction to Refugee Issues’ – built a strong group of members this year.”
  • “Successfully applying for grant funds to hold Refugee Action Day in February.”
  • “We also built STAR’s connections and relationships with local Refugee organizations in Bradford, including involvement on the Refugee Week Planning committee for June and the BEACON forums.”

This term our main aims are:

  • “To organize Refugee Action Day on Feb 24th.”
  • “Improve campaigning on the University campus.”
  • “Increase attendance by refugees/asylum seekers at Friendship nights.”

Bristol

Our biggest achievement last term was:

  • “Gettings lots and lots of people involved in the volunteering projects, and being actively involved with these ourselves.”

This term our main aims are:

  • “Revive the Equal Access campaign with the new pledge and updated goals”
  • “Collaborate with Amnesty for the Still Human Still Here campaign”

Cambridge

Our biggest achievements last term were:

  • “Having a much bigger and better stall at the Freshers’ fair and initial meeting than last year. We now have more people who are more enthusiastic and involved than before.”
  • “We are actively looking into new volunteering opportunities and have got the Equal Access campaign off the ground.”
  • “We have also made real connections with other societies with similar aims such as Amnesty International and a city group called Cambridge Migrant Solidarity.”

This term our main aims are:

  • “To take the Equal Access motions to the main Cambridge Student Union and then to the Vice Chancellor.”
  • “To turn the potential volunteering schemes into realities.”
  • “To host a sleepout for Still Human Still Here with Amnesty International.”
  • “To hopefully run more schools workshops (we are in the process of contacting PSHE coordinators at local schools).”

Cardiff

Our biggest achievements last term was:

  • “Having a packed room full of students teaching asylum seekers and refugees English – alot more than last year. Our Christmas party at drop in was brilliant – we managed to feed at least 70 people with food from Iraq, Congo, Zimbabwe, Georgia and Wales!”

This term our main aim is:

  • “To successfully run our annual fundraiser ‘refugee rhythms’ at the students union. Hopefully we will get even more people involved than last year and run a campaign during the night to raise awareness.”

Durham

Our biggest achivement last term was:

  • “Establishing a volunteering committee and organising the ‘Asylum Dialogues’ performance and a panel for the event the following term. “

This term our main aims are:

  • “To set up a volunteering project”
  • “To raise awareness by hosting an ‘Asylum Dialogues’ performance and participating in a ‘sleep-out’ with Amnesty
  • “To get the Student Union’s support for the equal access campaign.”

Liverpool

Our biggest achievement last term was:

  • “Re-starting the conversation club”

This term, our main aim is:

  • “To make sure that the Women’s Group runs smoothly in the new location.”

Newcastle

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Our biggest achievements last term were:

  • “Raising our membership, boosting our profile and getting new people involved and informed about STAR, making Newcastle STAR an interesting group where we can learn more and take positive action whilst having a jolly time and meeting new people.”

This term our main aims are:

  • “To get our group link volunteering with North of England Refugee Service projects up and running,”
  • “Raise awareness through our sleep-out .”
  • “Take action for progress in our Equal Access campaign.”

Sheffield

Our biggest achievement last term was:

  • “Spending 7 hours selling over 200 cakes to raise lots of money for our conversation club (and attracting a lot of attention towards refugee and asylum seeker issues on the way!). This money will go towards a conversation club day trip to the seaside.”

This term our main aim is:

  • “To have a really successful sponsored sleep out, with proceeds going to ASSIST. We will be working with two Amnesty International groups as well as with local refugee and asylum seeker projects to ensure there is a massive turnout with lots of instruments, to make a lot of noise and attract as much attention as possible.”

Warwick

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Our biggest achievements last term were:

  • “Successfully getting the SU to support our campaign. We now have their backing and they are taking steps to push the university to change their current policy regarding the asylum seekers fees category.”
  • “We also had a record number of volunteers contact the Coventry Refugee Centre to apply for caseworker positions. Consequently the CRC had an emergency meeting and increased their intake of volunteers from 10 to 30!”

This term our main aims are:

  • “To keep going with the momentum of the equal access campaign and have lots of events and awareness raising during refugee week.”

Posted by Communications on 27/01/2011 at 01:04 PM
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