Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Hearts of STAR for the last 25 years

In celebration of STAR’s 25th birthday, we took the time to reconnect and share the stories of some of the people who made it possible for STAR to be where it is today. There are thousands more of you out there. Each and every one of you is amazing. You are the change-makers, who through the decades have strived to positively impact the lives of refugees and create a welcoming society in the UK. We are proud to share some of your stories in Refugee Week 2020.

We have also created a beautiful timeline of the stories – do have a look!


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Posted by STAR team on 17/06/2020 at 08:19 PM

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

STAR’s exciting plans for the first ever virtual Refugee Week

It’s nearly Refugee Week & we are looking forward to celebrating the first-ever virtual Refugee Week to ‘imagine’ a different world. STAR is an official Refugee Week partner organisation, sitting on the steering group alongside many great organisations who are doing amazing work to welcome refugees.

We have some exciting events and simple acts you can take part in including a collaboration with Refugee Week and The Giant Dolls’ House Project, a stand-up comedy night with No Direction Home and Mo Omar as well as STAR’s very own simple acts. Read on to find out more.


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Posted by STAR team on 02/06/2020 at 01:47 PM

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

#Jump4STAR – Our Brand New Challenge for Equal Access to Education

At STAR our crucial work supporting refugees and people seeking asylum has not stopped. We are determined to continue taking action to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum across the UK. #Jump4STAR is our brand new challenge for anybody who wants to join in – read more below about how you can get involved in STAR’s challenge for Equal Access to education!


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Posted by STAR team on 20/05/2020 at 11:51 AM

Monday, May 18, 2020

Superheroes who make what we do easier

Our amazing STAR groups and supporters have been very busy during the Covid-19 pandemic by coming together to take part in different challenges and raise vital money for our charity.

In these difficult times, more than ever we appreciate the efforts of our network who despite the challenges they might have faced in their daily lives they have taken the time to inspire us all and work together for a more welcoming society for refugees and asylum seekers.


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Posted by STAR team on 18/05/2020 at 06:19 AM

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Museum Without a Home: STAR 2020

Award-winning exhibition Museum Without a Home completed another UK tour – this time throughout Scotland and the North-East of England – from January to February 2020. In collaboration with Oxfam and Amnesty International, STAR groups from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Manchester, and Sheffield hosted the exhibition at their universities.

[Image description: this photo shows the exhibition Museum Without a Home that took place at the University of Birmingham. With a glass room as the background, an information placard about the exhibition was displayed on a stand and some exhibits were shown on two plinths.]

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Posted by STAR team on 23/04/2020 at 10:51 PM

Monday, April 20, 2020

STAR’s Action Week to Lift the Ban: Round Up

Every year, STAR groups come together to campaign on one issue where we can make a big impact. For Action Week this year (9 -15 March), 15 STAR groups campaigned for the right to work for people seeking asylum as part of the Lift the Ban campaign coalition in the UK.

[Image description: A collage of photos consisting of Cardiff STAR students and learners from their conversation club holding up action cards that describe their dream jobs. Cardiff STAR hosts a weekly conversation club for people from refugee backgrounds.]

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Posted by STAR team on 20/04/2020 at 04:10 PM

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Equal Access is carrying on! And Changes to Humanitarian protection status access to university

Although shutdowns and cancellations are the norm right now we are happy to say we are still working hard (from home) to increase access to university for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Posted by STAR team on 09/04/2020 at 03:30 PM

Friday, April 03, 2020

STAR students get creative bringing people together online

STAR students haven’t let the current situation stop their incredible work. Northampton STAR held an online conversation club with young learners while Kent STAR organised a virtual cinema screening of a BAFTA award-winning documentary. Creativity carried on with Goldsmiths STAR preparing to launch the second issue of EKO magazine on an online platform to share stories from people with lived experience and volunteers while Glasgow STAR has been donating to support local refugee charities.


Read on to find out more and what you can do.

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Posted by STAR team on 03/04/2020 at 12:45 PM

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Our response to COVID-19

Following the new recommendations from the UK government, it was with a heavy heart that we decided to cancel all face-to-face events, campaigns and volunteering projects to protect the health and well-being of all our members and the wider community. The STAR staff team are now working from home until further notice and can be contacted as usual.

However, the work of STAR is very much continuing! In a time of crisis it’s even more important that we all come together with a message of welcome and stand in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum. Read on to find out more and what you can do to help.


[This article was updated at 17:13 on 27th March 2020]

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Posted by STAR team on 18/03/2020 at 01:30 PM

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

STAR’s Action Week to Lift the Ban

This Action Week, STAR, as part of the Lift the Ban coalition, will campaign for the right to work for people seeking asylum in the UK. You can take action right now by signing the petition to lift the ban!
“There were times I could not afford sanitary towels. I would walk into public toilets and steal toilet paper to use. How dehumanising is that?” Faith

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Posted by STAR team on 04/03/2020 at 10:38 AM

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