Our Members2019-06-12T11:58:50+00:00

OUR MEMBERS

Refugee-led Community Organisations promoting integration across the North East

OUR MEMBERS

Refugee-led Community Organisations promoting integration across the North East

A unique role

Our members are community groups set up and run by asylum seekers and refugees. They are known as RCO’s = refugee-led community organisations.

The Role of RCO’s

Our members organise a variety of unique support activities, and range in scale from small, informal and unfunded groups to constituted, funded organisations. Their communities share experience or identity: they may live in the same locality, they may face a particular challenge, or they may gather around gender, nationality or language.

In 2018 our members participated in research carried out by the Refugee Council into the role of RCOs. Its published report highlights the vital but unrecognised work of refugee-led community organisations in helping refugees integrate and participate in life in the UK. You can read the 54-page report here.  The report identifies the diverse and vital work of RCOs and reframes them as unique social integration agencies, with the reach, the insight and the ability to develop practical solutions to the specific problems that refugees face. It estimates that around 900 such organisations were active in England. Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, said:

“Put simply, RCOs are able to engage and support their members in ways that other organisations and agencies cannot. Language, cultural affinity, their cross-generational membership and the trust born of the shared experience of forced exile, enable RCOs to operate holistically and intuitively, and, in doing so, overcome impediments to independence that confound most mainstream organisations, whether in the statutory or the voluntary sectors.”

However, the report goes on to highlight that despite the remarkably effective work done by RCOs, they are chronically unrecognised and under-resourced. Maurice Wren said:

“Refugee-led community organisations (RCOs) and their networks have a long and impressive track record of supporting the inclusion and participation of their members and are active in almost every locality across the UK where refugees have settled. Despite this RCOs are routinely overlooked, taken for granted and excluded from integration policy discussions, when they obviously need to be are part of the solution. This must change and we urge policy and decision makers to take heed of the recommendations based on this research.”

These films we made give some further insight into the work of RCOs across the North East

Our members

Since 17 RCOs founded our organisation back in 2003, over 100 further RCOs have joined as members. Some of these are no longer active as, in time, new communities with many needs become settled communities linked by social ties. Other RCOs end when communities repatriate, when conflicts end or the political context changes and they feel it is safe to return.

We currently have 37 active RCOs who are full members of the RRF. However, all RCOs are welcome to participant in any of our activities.

1. ACANE (African Community Advice North East)
2. African Women’s Group
3. GAFRICOM (Gateshead African Community)
4. Sudanese Society
5. Stockton African-Caribbean Association
6. United Community Action
7. Gateshead Refugee Support Network
8. Tees Valley & County Durham Mano River Union
9. HAWAR
10. New Hope North East
11. Durr-i-Maknun
12. Healthy Wellbeing
13. North East Women in Action
14. DASUK (Diaspora Action & Support UK)
15. Kurdistan Community Tees Valley
16. British Sri Lankan Community Newcastle
17. The 4C’S (Climate Change Community Champions)
18. Purple Rose Health & Wellbeing
19. Culture & Diversity North East
20. IPC (Investing in People & Culture)
21. Straightforward
22. Teesside Asian Community
23. Peace of Mind North East
24. Romanian Assembly
25. Samosa Sisters
26. Wellness First
27. Creative Minds
28. Women Can Do it
29. Tamil Cultural Society
30. Swahili Speakers Community Organisation
31. One Community Link
32. Refugees & Asylum Seekers Support Association (RASSA)
33. Tees Lanka
34. SME North East Networking CIC
35. Arab Asylum & Refugee Association
36. Pro-Education & Skills Organisation
37. Tees Valley Iranian Community

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A unique role

Our members are community groups set up and run by asylum seekers and refugees. They are known as RCO’s = refugee-led community organisations.

The Role of RCO’s

Our members organise a variety of unique support activities, and range in scale from small, informal and unfunded groups to constituted, funded organisations. Their communities share experience or identity: they may live in the same locality, they may face a particular challenge, or they may gather around gender, nationality or language.

In 2018 our members participated in research carried out by the Refugee Council into the role of RCOs. Its published report highlights the vital but unrecognised work of refugee-led community organisations in helping refugees integrate and participate in life in the UK. You can read the 54-page report here.  The report identifies the diverse and vital work of RCOs and reframes them as unique social integration agencies, with the reach, the insight and the ability to develop practical solutions to the specific problems that refugees face. It estimates that around 900 such organisations were active in England. Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, said:

“Put simply, RCOs are able to engage and support their members in ways that other organisations and agencies cannot. Language, cultural affinity, their cross-generational membership and the trust born of the shared experience of forced exile, enable RCOs to operate holistically and intuitively, and, in doing so, overcome impediments to independence that confound most mainstream organisations, whether in the statutory or the voluntary sectors.”

However, the report goes on to highlight that despite the remarkably effective work done by RCOs, they are chronically unrecognised and under-resourced. Maurice Wren said:

“Refugee-led community organisations (RCOs) and their networks have a long and impressive track record of supporting the inclusion and participation of their members and are active in almost every locality across the UK where refugees have settled. Despite this RCOs are routinely overlooked, taken for granted and excluded from integration policy discussions, when they obviously need to be are part of the solution. This must change and we urge policy and decision makers to take heed of the recommendations based on this research.”

These films we made give some further insight into the work of RCOs across the North East

Our members

Since 17 RCOs founded our organisation back in 2003, over 100 further RCOs have joined as members. Some of these are no longer active as, in time, new communities with many needs become settled communities linked by social ties. Other RCOs end when communities repatriate, when conflicts end or the political context changes and they feel it is safe to return.

We currently have 37 active RCOs who are full members of the RRF. However, all RCOs are welcome to participant in any of our activities.

1. ACANE (African Community Advice North East)
2. African Women’s Group
3. GAFRICOM (Gateshead African Community)
4. Sudanese Society
5. Stockton African-Caribbean Association
6. United Community Action
7. Gateshead Refugee Support Network
8. Tees Valley & County Durham Mano River Union
9. HAWAR
10. New Hope North East
11. Durr-i-Maknun
12. Healthy Wellbeing
13. North East Women in Action
14. DASUK (Diaspora Action & Support UK)
15. Kurdistan Community Tees Valley
16. British Sri Lankan Community Newcastle
17. The 4C’S (Climate Change Community Champions)
18. Purple Rose Health & Wellbeing
19. Culture & Diversity North East
20. IPC (Investing in People & Culture)
21. Straightforward
22. Teesside Asian Community
23. Peace of Mind North East
24. Romanian Assembly
25. Samosa Sisters
26. Wellness First
27. Creative Minds
28. Women Can Do it
29. Tamil Cultural Society
30. Swahili Speakers Community Organisation
31. One Community Link
32. Refugees & Asylum Seekers Support Association (RASSA)
33. Tees Lanka
34. SME North East Networking CIC
35. Arab Asylum & Refugee Association
36. Pro-Education & Skills Organisation
37. Tees Valley Iranian Community

CONTACTS

If you have an idea to improve lives in your community, and want to join action for change, then get in touch with us today.

CONTACTS

CONTACTS

If you have an idea to improve lives in your community, and want to join action for change, then get in touch with us today.

CONTACTS