Our membership encompasses community mobilisers, activists and advocates from over 30 counties of origin who are taking the lead in civil society and being active agents for change. They are women and men, of many faiths, nationalities, ethnicities, languages and backgrounds who share a deep commitment to support the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in this region.
RCOs organise many different support activities, and range in scale from small, unfunded informal groupings to constituted, funded structures. The communities they support share experience or identity, for example their language, ethnicity, nationality, gender, where they live, or a particular challenge.
Refugees and asylum seekers are a community of shared and unique experience. They face distinct challenges arising from the reasons they had to flee their country, their journeys to safety, and from lives framed by asylum and resettlement policy. These specific experiences and challenges are not experienced by voluntary migrants or non-refugee communities.
Becoming a member
RCOs do not need to be full members to join in our activities, benefit from our support or contribute to the Collective Voice. But they need to be a full member to have a voice in how the organisation is run and to decide priorities for action.
Membership is open to community groups and organisations based in the North East region that are set up and run by people who are refugees and asylum seekers to support other refugees and asylum seekers living in the region. All members are required to support the aims, values and objectives of organisation and follow the rules of its Constitution, policies and procedures.
If you would like to find out how to become a member please contact us at email@example.com or call 07918765480. All applications for membership must first be approved by the Board of Trustees and then ratified by the general membership at an Annual General Meeting.