Marsh Refugee Volunteer Award

The Award is run in partnership with the Refugee Council. Each of the Council's four regions nominates volunteer projects, with the winner being the project that provides the best and most innovative service to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

The 2013 winners are Kate Wild, Sarah Brotherton and Sarah Bradley from the Still Lives Photography Project

Still Lives Photography Project

This project works with asylum seekers and their children living in the Stone Road Hostel in Birmingham, and others in the local community, to create a display that reflects the life and journey of an asylum seeker. The project uses still and moving photography images as well as oral testimonies and the display will be exhibited during Refugee Week in 2014.

The photography project links into the creative and therapeutic activities organised by the Childrenís Group, Womenís Group and Allotment Project. Working in groups, the participants have the opportunity to meet others in the hostel or community, overcoming some of their sense of isolation and loneliness, while focussing on having fun and being creative.

The volunteers of Still Life Photography Project also won the Award for the West Midlands region.

The two other regional winners are:

East of England - Ken Windsor and Evariste Kanamugire from Life in Suffolk
This project provides support to asylum seekers and refugees in Suffolk, helping them to know more about the British way of life; about the history and customs of everyday life; and about Britainís laws and the general doís and doníts they should look to follow.

The aim of the project is to help provide an easier and smoother integration into a mixed and multicultural British society. This in turn will lead to the greater acceptance of asylum seekers and refugees living in Suffolk. Throughout the process, clients are able to gain confidence, integrate into society and adapt to a new culture and way of life.

London - Kimberly Thompson from Refugee Voices: A Collaborative Drama Workshop and Performance

The project focuses on developing a series of client centred drama workshops around the long and difficult journeys of asylum seekers and refugees who, on fleeing persecution, violence and insecurity, find themselves having to negotiate a punitive and hostile asylum system.

The project will culminate in a public performance giving voice to those so often made voiceless and rendered invisible. It will showcase their stories and bear witness to their strength, resiliency and determination to make a new life for themselves and their families amidst the struggles, barriers, complex issues around seeking asylum and harsh realities of life in Britain. The project will work in partnership with Ice and Fire, a London based theatre group, with a long-track record working with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

Pictured above: Brian Marsh with the three winners of this year's Awards


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