Friday, December 21, 2018

Students welcome refugees with a touch of festive cheer

Students at 46 groups across the country are welcoming refugees this Christmas, rounding off a big year at STAR. Read on to find out how STAR students are adding festive flavour to their campaigning, volunteering and fundraising this year – all to say “Refugees Welcome Here!”

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Visits from Santa

When Nottingham STAR heard that some local refugee children would really appreciate some presents, they came together to collect 30 gifts, and even got the women’s cricket team to raise money to buy a cricket set for one of the boys.

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KCL STAR raised loads of money to buy Christmas presents for the kids at the homework club they volunteer at. There were smiles all round when the children received their Christmas gifts.

Meanwhile Warwick STAR organised a Secret Santa for their Conversation Club, collecting donations of gifts for “Santa” to deliver.

Festive cheer

Bristol STAR decorated their own Christmas tree at Tree Fest – an event where charities are invited to decorate a tree to represent them. The group organised a crafting session to design a “diversity of STARs” for their tree.
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Meanwhile, participants at Liverpool STAR’s conversation club made these lovely Christmas cards!

Campaigning on Human Rights Day

On Human Rights Day, STAR groups wrote Christmas cards to their MPs to ensure they will continue to support the Refugee Family Reunion Private Members’ Bill currently going through Parliament. The also took the opportunity to collect #FamiliesTogether petition signatures.

Exeter STAR even marked the occasion with a charity winter ball!

More to come

In the new year we will be straight back to it. On the 24th January we will host our second Equal Access Conference which will bring together universities, refugee students and various organisations to ensure that more universities are welcoming towards those from refugee backgrounds.

Soon after, STAR students will be campaigning to bring refugee #FamiliesTogether during our campaign Action Week.

In the meantime we wish you all a merry Christmas and a great New Year. See you in 2019.

Posted by STAR team on 21/12/2018 at 02:05 PM