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I4P Public Event: 20th March 2019

Action for Refugees – Seminar


Anna Jones, RefuAid co-founder

RefuAid was founded in 2015 in an effort to provide a practical response to forced migration for refugees and asylum-seekers living in the UK. Their primary focus is to provide solutions to the main barriers facing refugees trying to restart their life in the UK: finance, re-qualification and language tuition.

RefuAid has provided free language courses at over 70 partner schools across the country. This enables students to gain the English language certifications relevant for further education and employment.

Their “character-based” loan scheme offers interest-free loans of up to £10,000, for internationally-trained refugees to pay for UK accreditation and re-qualification, allowing them to return to employment in their prior professional fields.

This seminar will be presented by RefuAid co-founder, Anna Jones, together with one of RefuAid’s former clients.

I4P is delighted to sponsor this talk as part of the Action for Refugees (AfR) seminar series 2018/19. This event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Wednesday 20th March 2019

12.30pm Registration and refreshments
1.00pm Event start
2.30pm Networking and refreshments

Venue: Room PSS01, Law and Psychology Building (number 7 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed

A fresh attitude. A practical response to forced migration. RefuAid support access to language tuition, education, finance and meaningful employment.

RefuAid provide access to employment opportunities in the UK. The Access Loan scheme provides people who have claimed asylum in the UK an opportunity to return to their previous career with an interest-free loan that covers the cost of re-qualification. RefuAid are providing access to structured language tuition in schools throughout the UK and online.  Having a class to go to gives you a safe place, structure and something to do. But it’s more than that: language is the medium we use to express ourselves and the biggest barrier to integration. RefuAid support access to higher education in the UK. For so many who are forced to flee their homes access to education is one of the first things to be denied. We are restoring that for young people and supporting access to higher education. Learn more about RefuAid here.

Action for Refugees (AfR)
Action for Refugees was formed as a grouping of academics, support staff and students at Edge Hill University who felt a common need to respond to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad.  AfR promote a multi-faceted response that included fund-raising, volunteering, curriculum developments and knowledge sharing and transfer events. Perhaps most importantly, the group engages on a number of levels with refugees, asylum seekers and organisations working to support them.  For more information please check out the Action for Refugees Homepage and their blog.

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