Rosemary BrownUnited by a concern for the plight of refugees, our group’s efforts centre on helping those who have fled war and persecution to learn English, which is essential in rebuilding their lives. We work with local organisations providing assistance including the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, Speak Street, and the East London team of Care4CalaisUK.

Group Coordinator: Rosemary Brown (click to contact).

Group members are invited to join in-person on Wednesdays at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants (ICRM) anytime between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm and in 30-minute online sessions at 11 am and 4 pm, also on Wednesdays. At the centre, members can participate in group activities like choir and dance, as well as helping clients with reading, speaking, filling in forms, serving lunch etc. Professional staff are on hand to assist clients  and volunteers.
Online volunteers assist ICRM teachers in classes and are invited to prepare simple mini TED talks of 3-5 minutes on topics of interest including art, history, nature, music etc to present. The aim is to share both cultural and practical information to help refugees improve their language skills.

In person and online at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, 16-18 Cross St, London N1 2BG.


Information and updates are shared in emails from the group coordinator. Emails may include requests for donations of coats, shoes and household items needed by asylum seekers and news of campaigns in support of refugees and asylum seekers. Opportunities for further involvement are expected in the coming months.

If you would like to know more about asylum seekers, please listen to talk I prepared for an iU3A monthly meeting here.

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