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Summer Newsletter

We hope you are enjoying this wonderfully warm summer weather! We have had a lot of reasons to celebrate this past quarter, from achieving the Silver Quality Mark from London Youth to seeing our young people co-facilitate 10 Signs of Welcome workshops throughout our local community. Our women’s group continue to enjoy weekly yoga sessions […]

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A Look Back at 2017

2017 has seen CARAS hold 10 different regular groups and activities for more than 500 refugees and asylum seekers. We spent an incredible 28,000 hours together, at ESOL, Visiting Project, Study Group, Women’s Drop-in, Thursday and Saturday Youth clubs, Youth Council, ‘Problem? No Problem!’ clinic, individual support, Family Activity Days and trips all over London […]

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My favourite time at CARAS…

English is the thing people most often ask for help with. Language is an important first step to feeling like you are part of the local community and that you can look after yourself, and your family, within that community. We believe that friendly and accessible opportunities to learn and practise English help people to […]

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What’s happening in May at CARAS?

Now feels like a good time to take stock of all the opportunities that have come our way in the first quarter of the year (but, really, how can we already be in May?!).   We have been incredibly fortunate to receive a lot of goodwill and some much appreciated cold, hard cash in recent […]

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Meet our volunteers: Helen

 Helen Thompson, Youth Case Worker   I’ve been volunteering with CARAS since September 2016. I work in international development, and did a posting in Afghanistan and a stint working on the Syria refugee crisis. After these experiences, and in the aftermath of the devastating Brexit referendum result, I was keen to do more both to support […]

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The Chickpea Sisters are independent!

The Chickpea Sisters are independent!   The Chickpea Sisters have built a name for themselves as a catering organisation with a difference. They have become well known for producing delicious food from around the world, and we have lost track of the number of people who phone to tell us how good they are, and […]

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What’s happening in March at CARAS?

  Spring is shaping up to be a busy time at CARAS. A lot has been going on already and we’re not even halfway through the month! We’ve been running volunteer training sessions and now have 10 new fully trained people ready to get started in our Visiting Project, providing targeted one-to-one support to refugees […]

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Looking back at 2016

Looking back at 2016… In 2016, we worked with over 300 individuals offering a wide range of support. In addition to all of our regular activities supporting refugees and asylum seekers we did all of this:   In January we formalised our Fundraising Working Group, a highly dedicated group of volunteers who have helped give […]

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Our 2016 Highlights

We’ve had a busy year here at CARAS. We’ve seen plenty of new faces come through our doors, started new projects, and said goodbye to some old friends. Overall, it’s been an important year for us, and here’s a look back at a few of our highlights. Once again, this year saw CARAS run two […]

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