Farid’s Story

My name is Farid. Refugee Action asked me to share my story with you to raise awareness of vulnerable refugees who find themselves completely alone in the UK.

I come from just outside Kabul in Afghanistan. When I was 13 I said goodbye to everything I knew. My mum told me my life was in danger, and I had to leave and travel thousands of miles to a safe place. I was what you call a lone child refugee.

A group of us took on the journey together. We would walk, exhausted, from morning until night. We faced gunfire and were handed from person to person. I never felt safe.

When I eventually ended up in the UK, suddenly I was alone. It was 10 o’clock at night and I was left to go to the police station. I’d been through extreme hardship and seen horrible things, but that night was the worst, because I realised that from now on I was on my own. The loneliness was overwhelming. No child should ever have to feel that way.

Refugee Action want to tackle loneliness and isolation by improving access to English classes, providing welcome services to help people settle in, and special projects to help lonely children.

I’m now studying social work at university and working with my local council to support other young refugees. I tell them, don’t be silent. There is always a way forward.

Thank you for listening to my story, and for supporting Refugee Action. With your help, we can ensure no refugee ever has to feel alone.
With thanks,
Refugee Action



Latest Home Office data on UK migration

West Midland Stretegic Migration Partnership have created summary maps for the West Midlands region from the available data. These maps show the number of asylum seekers (in receipt of section 95 support) and the number of individuals resettled under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, as of June 2017, by local authority.

Individuals resettled under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in the West Midlands between September 2015 and June 2017

Number of asylum seekers in the West Midlands Region on Section 95 support | Data for June 2017


Fund Raising Barn Dance 4th November

Gimmie Shelter Barn Dance 4th November 2017 Poster


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Refugee Week 2017



BRWR took part in Bromsgrove’s annual Mediaeval Street Market on Saturday 24th June with a stall and activities. This year we asked visitors to make bunting representing Refugee Week’s theme “Different Pasts, Shared Future”.



We were delighted with the results. Young and old took part and BRWR committee member Claire Davies will now be adding their artworks to the bunting begun at The Bandstand Event in Redditch on St Stephen’s Green.

BRWR provided displays during Refugee Week in both town centre libraries featuring our local work, books about refugees available for loan and Refugee Week materials.

Syrian Refugees – a Year in Worcestershire

To mark Refugee Week 2017 and the first anniversary of Syrian families arriving in Worcestershire, refugees and their support network have come together to highlight the programme’s success.

One refugee family has contributed to a long form story created by the council with additional contributions from Refugee Action, volunteers and the county’s Libraries and Learning Service to illustrate the story of their first year in Worcestershire.

Click here to view.