Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Heart of STAR - Sophie Morbey

In celebration of STAR’s 25th birthday, we took the time to reconnect and share the stories of the people who made it possible for STAR to be where it is today. These are The Hearts of STAR, these are the change-makers, who through the decades strived to positively impact the lives of refugees and create a welcoming society in the UK and we are proud to share their stories with you on this Refugee Week 2020.

Sophie Morbey

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2013 – 2015 at Warwick STAR, 2020 volunteer at the STAR office
Current job: Youth and Community Organiser, Oxfam GB

How and why did you get involved in STAR?

I got involved with STAR with other people in my halls of residence. I wanted to get involved with a group that was making a difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum whilst campaigning for systemic change.

What impact did you see STAR have on your community:

a. At university
We got involved in running conversation classes as part of STAR which really helped refugees and people seeking asylum to feel part of their local community.

b. Locally
We were part of the group that campaigned to close Campsfield, the detention centre in Oxford. The institution eventually closed down as a result of sustained pressure.

What is your favourite thing about STAR?

That it is a group of like-minded people who are campaigning for change.

What impact did STAR have on your life or on what you do now?

It inspired me to continue campaigning for refugees and people seeking asylum in my career.

What message would you like to give the current STAR students?

Make the most of the amazing opportunities that STAR provides you to make a real change!

An inspirational quote from the heart of STAR

Campaigning for change with STAR on my campus was one of the most worthwhile, meaningful, and powerful things I did whilst at university.

Posted by STAR team on 17/06/2020 at 07:51 PM