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  • Objective completed for the Helping Hands Foodbank!

    May 8, 2017

    What a campaign! Thank you for your generous donations and for helping us raise a whopping £16,480!

    Your money will help reduce food insecurity and its consequences by improving food access for our most vulnerable clients, but it wil also help familes gain knowledge around healthy eating, cooking, food budgeting and nutrition, as well as increasing the skills necessary for beneficiaries to participate as active contributors of the food bank – think cooking classes, community café dinners, cultivating vegetables, growing sustainable food and volunteering!

    Thanks again from everybody at AFRIL for your help and support!


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    Jan. 31, 2017

    Was your New Year Resolution to volunteer for a worthy cause?  Do you have fundraising skills, design talents or a good old car?!

    We are now recruiting for various Volunteer positions.  You can find all of the role descriptions here.

    Are you looking for a part-time position?  We are also recruiting for a paid, part-time Volunteer Coordinator.  You can find the details and the full job descriptions here.

    Get in touch and get involved!

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  • AFRIL is looking for new volunteers and interns!

    Oct. 28, 2016

    AFRIL is currently looking for new volunteers and interns to help in different parts of the organisation. You can find all of the current opportunities on our Volunteer page.  If you are looking to work to empower refugees or to gain work experience in a stimulating, friendly environment, do not hesitate to get in touch!

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  • AFRIL Pub Quiz Special Edition

    Oct. 24, 2016

    We are hosting a Special Edition Pub Quiz in aid of the London Legal Support Trust's Great Legal Quiz. It will be a fantastic evening where you can compete with teams across the country in a fun night of general knowledge whilst helping support those most in need of specialist free legal advice and help.

    All donations will contribute towards funding AFRIL's advice service for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Lewisham. With its holistic service to refugees and asylum seekers, AFRIL provides advice on Debt, Welfare, Employment, Consumer concerns, Education and Housing.

    AFRIL's challenge is to survive these difficult times and secure funding for its core costs in running the charity. We continue to rely heavily on the support of volunteers who enable us to provide our services.

    Even the smallest donation makes a difference and we thank you for your support!

    Details :

    Wednesday 9th November, 7:30pm start

    No need to register in advance

    Entry: £5 per person (£25 for teams up to 6)

    Fantastic prizes to be won!

    Facebook event link :

    For more information, send us a message at

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  • AFRIL at One Sweet Social, Thursday 20th October

    Oct. 16, 2016

    Tunes, spoons & community unity - scoop your tickets now!

    AFRIL will be joining local community groups for One Sweet Social, organised by Ben & Jerry's and HOPE Not Hate's Lewisham More In Common group. 

    One Sweet Social aims to bring the community together and celebrate everything that unites us, with the help of tantalising tastes and tunes.

    Hosted at Wunderlust on Thursday 20th October, One Sweet Social will feature music from Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle and actor and musician Josh Whitehouse, plus DJ sets from South London’s Twinkat Soul, Rude Not To and Ross Allen.

    Free Fairtrade ice cream will be a-flowing (music to those taste buds), and it will be whipped into never-tasted-before combinations. In between scoops and tracks, guests can speak to a host of community groups, all working hard to create inclusion and celebrate diversity in Lewisham. They’ll be able to hop on Wunderlust’s iconic red bus to find out more about how to get involved with their local groups.

    The event is the latest instalment in Ben & Jerry’s One Sweet World campaign, launched to bring people together and create a positive outlook within our communities at a time of increasing division.

    To scoop up your tickets, head to It’s fastest-finger-first, so keep an eye out! Tickets cost £3 with proceeds going to support HOPE Not Hate’s charitable work. 

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  • Pub quiz - Wednesday 12th October!

    Oct. 8, 2016

    Join AFRIL for our regular pub quiz this Wednesday 12th October at The Talbot in Brockley! The quiz will start at 7,30pm and there will be prizes for the winning team! 

    The Talbot pub can be found just on Tywritt Road in Brockley, just a short walk from Lewisham and St John's train stations. 

    We look forward to seeing you there! 

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  • New Leaflet and Services!

    Sept. 8, 2016

    Download Now our updated leaflet!

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  • Pub Quiz - Wednesday 7th September

    Sept. 3, 2016

    Our regular pub quiz is back! 

    Come say hi and get competitive with us at The Talbot on Wednesday 12th October!

    Test your knowledge, try the amazing food and drinks on offer, win great prizes, support refugees in the local community! 

    7:30pm start, £5 entry.

    If you fancy a meal whilst enjoying the quiz check out the Menu

    For more Quiz info contact:

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  • AFRIL at Lewisham Refugee Forum

    Sept. 3, 2016

    On Wednesday 13th July, representatives from AFRIL were invited by Lewisham Council to attend a forum on the subject of the welfare of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants in Lewisham. Chaired by Kevin Bonavia (Labour councillor for Blackheath and cabinet member for resources) and attended by many local community groups, alongside speakers from Citizens UK and Refugee Action, the meeting highlighted the need for collaborative action and the importance of communicating a positive message of ‘refugees welcome here’ to the wider Lewisham community, to other London boroughs, to central government and beyond.

    As the 2nd most diverse borough in London, with at least 70 different nationalities on the electoral roll, Lewisham is a community in which there is already a great deal of determination on the ground to promote a positive message about migrants. The Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock, speaking out on the current political climate and commenting on the ‘emerging new behaviours’ of ‘legitimised racism’ across the UK, praised the work being done in Lewisham, specifically among local charities like AFRIL. He also encouraged community groups to focus together on their collective recourses in order to show real commitment to the cause, and to create a positive message about the outlook we in Lewisham have for migrants.

    The overall message from Lewisham was clear: positive action is about partnership, about understanding what need looks like, about acknowledging inequality, and fundamentally about creating strong relationships between organisations and the wider community.

    Cllr Bonavia concluded the forum by sharing his idea to create a directory for local community groups, which he hopes will help facilitate a positive and cohesive message from Lewisham to the wider migrant community.

    You can find out more on Lewisham Council's website.

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  • AFRIL are recruiting for the Rainbow Club

    Aug. 1, 2016

    AFRIL are recruiting a Rainbow Club Manager and Arts and Craft Leader. Please see the full job descriptions for each below:


    Job Title:  ARTS and CRAFTS LEADER

    Responsible for: Volunteer teaching assistants

    Reporting to: Rainbow Club Manager

    Location: Action for Refugees in Lewisham

    Salary: £30 per session  (£1080 per year)


    Working hours: 1.5 hours per week: Saturday 11.45 – 1.00 contact (term time only, 3 x 12 week terms)

    Job summary: We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated teacher to teach Arts and Crafts to children aged 5-11 years old at the Rainbow Club, our popular supplementary school for refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children in the Lewisham area.

    Summary of Duties & Responsibilities:

    The duties will include:

    Preparing and presenting lesson plans and termly plans for arts and crafts sessions including varied, age/skills appropriate arts and crafts activities

    Delivering  safe and exciting arts and crafts activities to children aged 5-11

    Monitoring  and reporting back on  the progress of the children and keeping children’s individual art files

    Organising  displays of artwork for events and end of term celebrations

    Working hand in hand with  all the  other teachers when planning the arts and craft activities to ensure an integrated approach


    The ideal candidate would have a teaching qualification or 2 years part or full time experience in Arts and Crafts coaching to young people.


    For more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Iolanda Chirico, AFRIL manager on 0208 2974111


    To apply for this post, please email your CV and a covering letter clearly stating how you meet the requirements

    Closing date: 21st August 2016  Interviews: End of August                       Start date: 10th September 2016

    Rainbow Club Manager
    Salary: £120 per day for three days per week until December, 2016

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to oversee and manage the Rainbow Club, our popular supplementary Saturday school for refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children in the Lewisham area and to fundraise for the Rainbow Club.

    Summary of Duties & Responsibilities:

    To provide frontline support and guidance to staff, volunteers and families;

    Work with families to help them meet their immediate and long term needs

    Welcome visitors and answer general enquiries

    Liaise with mainstream schools to ensure continuity of support to children

    Hold monthly meetings with parents to provide information and receive feedback

    Fundraise for the Rainbow Club core costs


    To organise the safe and effective running of the classes;

    Assess each child in order to provide an appropriate teaching curriculum and environment

    Take responsibility for continuous monitoring and evaluation to ensure the Rainbow Club Saturday school meets its objectives and each child is progressing. 

    Supervise  teachers and evaluate their teaching outcomes and classes.

    Liaise with staff to ensure that resources are available and lesson plans are implemented

    Ensure registers are kept and all necessary paperwork is completed including assessments, enrolment forms, and reports.

    Ensure classes are set up and cleared away effectively and that equipment is safely stored,

    Take responsibility for health and safety and security,

    Ensure that rules and regulations governing the Rainbow Club are implemented


    To ensure strategic and organisational  development;

    Collaborate with the Manager of AFRIL to prepare an annual project plan

    Collaborate with the Manager of AFRIL to devise and implement a resource and funding strategy

    Further develop the Quality Framework accreditation

    Promote the Saturday Club within the local and wider community and advocate for the rights of young people and refugees.


    Essential qualities

    The ideal candidate will;

    be energetic and flexible and able to work effectively under pressure

    have excellent communication skills and have good interpersonal skills

    be a good organiser with experience of fund raising

    have experience of working with children

    be committed to the aims of AFRIL

    have an understanding of issues related to refugees and asylum seekers

    have experience of teaching and working in a school environment

    To apply for this post, please email your CV and a covering letter clearly stating how you meet the requirements

    Deadline: 21st August 2016  Interviews: 31st August 2016              Start Date: 10th September 2016

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  • Pub quiz - Wednesday 27th July!

    July 21, 2016

    Come join us at The Talbot on Wednesday 27th July at 7:30 pm for our regular pub quiz! 

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  • Thank you to Barclays Canary Wharf for their generous donation to AFRIL

    July 14, 2016

    Today AFRIL received a generous £1,000 donation from Barclays, which will go towards maintaining our core services and running costs. AFRIL are extremely grateful for the donation, which will have an enormous impact on our ability to support local refugees and migrants.

    Barclays Wealth employee Karen Wild raised £500 through a company multi-cultural lunch, held at the Barclays Wealth branch in Canary Wharf to celebrate diversity and multi-culturalism. Barclays then fund-matched the remaining £500, bringing the total to £1,000.

    At the event this morning, Karen Wild presented AFRIL’s founder Iolanda Chirico with the £1000 cheque in a show of support to refugees and migrants. The International Department of Barclays Wealth has over 100 employees who speak 30 different languages between them, so AFRIL seemed the perfect charity to donate to.

    “I found out about Afril by chance when I was looking for a venue to hold a weekly playgroup. I spoke to Iolanda about what the charity does and immediately wanted to help as it was so clear the direct impact Afril has in helping refugees”, said Karen.

    Commenting on donation, Iolanda said, "AFRIL is honoured to have Karen Wild as our long-term supporter. The money raised will contribute to the costs of running our ESOL classes and also our advice service and Saturday school for children aged between 4-11.We continue to see an average of 130 people per week from 40 different nationalities, many with young children and living in poverty and isolation and some being street homeless. Many have fled from their countries escaping from persecution and war and are keen to rebuild their lives and be safe in London. Help us to help them."

    The event was attended by AFRIL staff and volunteers and offered a chance for Barclays employees to find out more about AFRIL’s work in the community. The donation will have an enormously positive impact on AFRIL’s ability to support Lewisham refugees and migrants.







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  • AFRIL's Response to the Referendum

    June 30, 2016

    Following last week's vote in favour of leaving the European Union, Action for Refugees in Lewisham wishes to reiterate its continued support for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Lewisham and beyond.

    The consequences of the vote remain unclear for the close future. Until a clear path for the UK's partnership with the EU is determined, we are preparing for any change in immigration law, access to welfare and support or any other policy that may affect our clients, members and partners.

    We would also like to express our concern and sadness on hearing reports of racist and xenophobic abuse following the referendum, including in our borough. Lewisham should be celebrated for its diversity and its ability to welcome people of all cultures and backgrounds.

    AFRIL staff, trustees, volunteers and partners will do everything in our power to ensure our services continue to provide support to the refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants who need it most.

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  • Pub Quiz - Wednesday 29th June

    June 23, 2016

    PUB QUIZ - Wednesday 29th June

    What's this? The one and only AFRIL Pub Quiz I hear!

    Get competitive with us at The Talbot on Wednesday 29th June!

    Test your knowledge, try the amazing food and drinks on offer, win great prizes, support refugees in the local community! 

    7:30pm start, £5 entry.

    If you fancy a meal whilst enjoying the quiz check out the Menu

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  • Celebrating our Wonderful Volunteers

    June 11, 2016

    It's Volunteer Week and we want to give a warm thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whose hard work and passion we wouldn't be able to provide crucial services to refugees and vulnerable migrants in Lewisham. Thank you! 

    If you are curious about what volunteering for AFRIL is like, have a look at what our marketing volunteer, Chloe, has to say:


    Why do you volunteer at AFRIL? 

    I wanted to do something to help refugees and migrants coming to the UK - partly because of hearing about the conflict in Syria but asylum and immigration rights are also something I've felt strongly about for a long time. Many refugees need support to integrate and settle and I was drawn to AFRIL's focus on helping people to develop vital skills and social support. 


    What are you gaining? 

    I volunteer on the marketing side so as well as helping me to build my career experience, I get to see the impact of things like social media campaigns and fundraising initiatives, which can be very rewarding. I've also had the chance to use my journalism skills and help organise events - brushing up on skills which I'd like to use more in my career. Having worked in business, it's also given me a useful insight into working for a charity. 


    Why should other people volunteer? 

    Whether you're a student or professional, volunteering with AFRIL can be a good chance to gain experience in an area you're interested in developing or learning more about, knowing that you're making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people. The other volunteers and trustees are also very welcoming and friendly!


    If you are interested in volunteering - however many hours you can dedicate to us - please get in touch

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  • Support Renae for Vitality London 2016!

    May 29, 2016

    Our Chairperson Renae Mann is running the 2016 Vitality London 10,000 race for AFRIL on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May! 

    You can support her fundraising efforts here

    'By donating to my page you are supporting Action for Refugees in Lewisham. They support children and adults seeking refuge in the UK to rebuild their lives. Having survived war and trauma they are some of the most vulnerable people in our community. They provide 120 people each week with advice, food, clothing, English, education, help to find a home and health care. Your help will ensure that that they are able to help more people who have lost everything to start again.'

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  • AFRIL at the Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre

    May 17, 2016

    AFRIL Stall at Hilly Fields Fayre

    Help us raise funds by donating used items for us to sell at the fayre on 18th June! 

    We are looking for: 

    Bric a brac:

    •Books, dvds, plants, children's toys

    •Crockery, jewellery & other small items

    Face paint

    •For children's face painting at our stall!

    Lucky dip prizes:

    •Sweets, small toys, bubbles, balls

    •Other small prizes 

    Can you help us? Email or call us 02082974111

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  • PUB QUIZ - Wednesday 18th May

    May 10, 2016

    PUB QUIZ - Wednesday 18th May

    Join us for more Pub Quiz fun at The Talbot on Wednesday 18th May!

    We'll be feeling particularly competitive after the London Legal Walk, so come test your knowledge and support refugees in the local community! 

    7:30pm start, £5 entry.

    If you fancy a meal whilst enjoying the quiz check out the Menu

    For more Quiz info contact:



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  • AFRIL at the London Legal Walk 2016

    March 20, 2016

    AFRIL will be walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London.

    We are doing this to fundraise for AFRIL. With its holistic service to refugees and asylum seekers, AFRIL provides advice on Debt, Welfare, employment, Consumer concerns, Education and Housing.

    AFRIL's challenge is to survive these difficult times and secure funding for its core costs in running the charity. We continue to rely heavily on the support of volunteers who enable us to provide our services.

    Please sponsor our walkers as generously as you are able to

    Many thanks for your support!


    Meet the AFRIL Legal Walk Team!

    Chloe Darke, AFRIL Marketing Volunteer 

    "I’m walking London Legal Walk for AFRIL because I think everyone should have access to vital legal support and advice. This is a lifeline for refugees and migrants looking to integrate and make new homes for themselves in the UK. With the right support, they can get help to secure an immigration status, employment, education and housing, but without it, their lives can be extremely difficult and many find themselves isolated and living in poverty. AFRIL’S weekly advice service gives people the tools they need to build a new life – I’m walking to secure funding that will continue to make that happen.

    AFRIL are extremely grateful for their supporters and the difference they make to our services. You can sponsor us here or walk with us by emailing "


    Gimhani Eriyagolla, AFRIL Trustee

    "We are walking to raise money and awareness for a good cause, and for a very hardworking charity that deserve a lot of support! The plight of refugees and migrants is starting to receive a lot of media attention-but how much do people really know about what happens when people arrive here, and how difficult it can be to settle into the community? This is something AFRIL has been working to facilitate for many years, and their services deserve a lot of support."


    Jessica Javaherian, AFRIL Trustee

    "I feel strongly about fair and equal access to justice. This is why I am taking part in the 10km London Legal Walk on 16 May through central London, which raises essential funds for free legal charities.
    Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) has a team of walkers, who will be walking together with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of other legal professionals, judiciary members, law students and friends. AFRIL provides vital services, advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. We are walking to raise funds to assist us in continuing to deliver these services to our local community.
    If you would like to join our team of walkers and help fundraise for AFRIL by taking part in this incredibly worthwhile event, please contact Iolanda Chirico, Founder and Manager of AFRIL, on Your support and any contributions made will help make a huge difference to people’s lives.
    We are very grateful for any donations to support AFRIL’s work. If you wish to donate - please find a link below to our fundraising page. 
    Many thanks for your support!"

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  • PUB QUIZ - Wednesday 13th April

    Feb. 21, 2016

    We are organising a quiz at the Talbot on Thursday 13th April.

    Join us: test your knowledge, support refugees in the local community, and have fun! 

    7:30pm start, £2 entry.

    If you fancy a meal whilst enjoying the quiz check out the Menu

    For more Quiz info contact:

    Find our event on Facebook.

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  • PUB QUIZ - Supporting refugees in the local community

    Feb. 7, 2016

    We are organising a quiz at the Talbot on Thursday 10th February.


    Starts at 7:30pm.


    £2 entry.

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    Sept. 27, 2015

    We are organising a quiz at the Talbot on Thursday 1st October.
    The quiz rounds are fairly general (General knowledge, True or False, Sports round etc).
    Starts at 6:30pm.
    Winners get a bottle of prosecco and some AFRIL items!

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  • Thank you for responding to the AFRIL survey

    Sept. 20, 2015

    We contacted our donors because we were interested in finding out more about them in order to connect with potential supporters who could help us increase our capacity to assist people in need.

    Here you can read a summary of the survey results.


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  • Petitioning David Cameron - Britain must accept its fair share of refugees seeking safety in Europe

    Sept. 6, 2015

    Millions of men, women and children are fleeing the Middle East and Africa to find safety in the West. The Independent believes Britain must no longer turn a blind eye to their plight and must work with other European Union countries to set and welcome a quota of refugees.

    To help show your support, sign our petition and tweet a picture of yourself holding a sign saying 'refugees welcome' under the hashtag #refugeeswelcome. 



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  • Refugee Week 2015

    June 16, 2015

    Get together, create and celebrate!

    Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

    You can help celebrate the contribution of refugees by:

    - Organising or attending an event

    - Using the hashtag #Refugeescontribute to share a story on social media.

    - Celebrate at your school - click here to find resources to help young people at your school explore what it means to be a refugee and celebrate refugee contributions.

    - Follow AFRIL on Facebook or Twitter.

    Make a donation - either a one off donation, or set up a regular, smaller donation. This will help us extend our services to refugees who need a helping hand so they can contribute to community.

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  • New Advice Service Starting June 4th

    June 3, 2015

    AFRIL is launching a new advice service starting June 4th!

    The advice service will be on Tuesdays Thursdays, with drop-ins:

    Tuesdays 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 - 4.00 pm

    Thursday 9.00 - 12.00 pm and 2.00 - 5.00 pm

    Areas of advice include:

    Benefits, Healthcare, Education, Housing, Consumer, Work, Employment & Debt advice.


    Advice service located at:

    F3 Leemore Central Community Hub, Bonfield Road, Lewisham, SE13 5ES


    *Telephone: 020 8297 4111

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  • Volunteer Week June 1-7: Meet Our Volunteers!

    May 31, 2015

    Message from founder, Iolanda Chirico: 

    AFRIL is incredibly privileged to work with an amazing team of 40 committed, hardworking and diligent volunteers covering the following roles: admin, fundraising, marketing, events, teaching and creche assistants, interpreters, finance, advice/advocacy.

    We would not exist without their hard work and commitment to our cause to further human rights and offer much needed assistance and support to our beneficiaries. On an average week our volunteers work for a staggering 100 hours across all our services. A BIG THANK YOU to each and everyone of you, you thoroughly deserve it!




    Meet Alice!

    1. What made you start volunteering at AFRIL?

    I only moved to the area last September and I thought that volunteering would be the ideal way to become more involved in the local community. I had volunteered for charities supporting Refugees and Asylum seekers since my first year of university and it is a cause I have always been extremely passionate about. I was also really drawn to the grassroots level of work that AFRIL do with the supplementary  school and the legal advice service. 


    2. What has been your best volunteering moment at AFRIL?

    I have only been at AFRIL for a few months but for me, the best moments always happen during the end of term celebrations with all the parents and children at the Rainbow club. It's a chance for the children to showcase all of the work they've been doing and there's always lots of delicious food going round. Volunteers, teachers, children, and parents are able to come together it's always very heart warming to watch.


    3. What have you found most difficult?

    I work full-time during the week so finding the time to respond to emails and phonecalls, and balance my work at AFRIL is sometimes a challenge. It can also be difficult to catch up with people - all the volunteers and staff are usually very busy - some are students at university, others have parental responsibilities and some, like me, work full time. Despite this, I'm sure I am not alone in saying volunteering at AFRIL also provides a welcome respite so even if I'm busy it's never seems all too much! 


    4. What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?

    To think about what cause drives them and to try and find something that matches that. Volunteering should something ultimately be something that you really enjoy so you need to find a role that is fulfilling. If you're interested in working with children, passionate about supporting refugees and asylum seekers in one of London's most deprived areas and feel you have skills to be shared please get in touch with AFRIL. You won't regret it!


    Meet Juliette!

    1. What made you start volunteering at Afril? 

    I started volunteering as I wanted to try and give something back to my local community and I thought using my experience working in the fields of international higher education and law, I might have something to offer AFRIL. I also wanted to gain some more experience in charity sector as well as learn more about the asylum and refugee processes in the UK. 


    2. What has been your best volunteering moment at Afril? 

    I love talking to the children about all the  things they enjoy about coming to Rainbow Club. Going on the recent trip to Mudchute Farm was a highlight as well as the end of term shows.

    3. What have you found most difficult? 

    Trying to get lots done and help as many people with limited resources and time is challenging and can be frustrating.


    4.What would you say to someone who was

    thinking about volunteering? Get involved, it is really rewarding seeing the impact the Rainbow Club has on the children and parents too and you will get to meet lots of interesting and friendly people too. 



    Meet Karen!


    1. What made you start volunteering at Afril? 

    I came across AFRIL when I was looking for a placement for my internship module. AFRIL's approach in empowering refugees and asylum seekers through education drew me in immediately and I wanted to contribute towards this cause.


    2. What has been your best volunteering moment at Afril?

    The best moment at AFRIL so far was when News Shopper accepted my article to advocate for asylum seekers in London as well as for AFRIL's work. News Shopper subsequently came for an interview and featured AFRIL in one of its issues. This not only recognises the important work that AFRIL has been doing for marginalised individuals in London, but also raises awareness on the rights and experiences of these individuals.


    3. What have you found most difficult?

    The greatest difficulty for me here is to secure funding for AFRIL's projects and core costs. With the cut in Council funding over recent years, competition among charities for donor funding is more intense but it is important that AFRIL continues to deliver its long-term services for its beneficiaries at a high level of quality.


    4.What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?


    Do you want to see some of the most vulnerable individuals in London to be empowered to live more dignified lives? If you answered yes - come and volunteer at AFRIL. This is what we do everyday.


    Meet Manasse!


    *Teaching Assistant and creche assistant - mother to one of the children who attends*


    1. What made you start volunteering at Afril? 

    I was looking for a work experience. I have studied level 3 supporting and teaching young people.  Hopefully AFRIL has giving me that opportunity.

    2. What has been your best volunteering moment at Afril?

    Working with others. Learning with people who like their jobs.

    3. What have you found most difficult?

    The most challenging at the moment is to improve on the skills. How to be a better teaching assistant and make children focus on their tasks.

     What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?

     I would say to take their chances with AFRIL. They are welcoming everyone regardless their background. It is an opportunity to explore something new and meeting people with knowledge that can benefit anyone like me.


    Meet Grace!


    *Teaching Assistant at the Rainbow club and is also mother to one of the children who attends*


    1. What made you start volunteering at Afril?

    What made me to start volunteering at AFRIL is because I love children and working with them is such a pleasure; and being a mum myself watching them learn is the best feeling ever.


    2. What has been your best volunteering moment at Afril?

    The Best moment of my volunteering in AFRIL is when I see the children in my class done so well and moving to the higher class and communication; so well proud moment.


    3. What have you found most difficult?

    The area I found difficult is when we have the new children and crying none stop even when you pet them.


    4. What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?

    I will like to encourage any one that what to volunteer to go ahead and do so because is fun and also watching people grow from one point to another is a great thing, because I am having fun and giving back to your community is one of the best feeling ever.

    Meet Ben!

    *He just ran the London Marathon for us and works as a Teaching Assistant at the Rainbow Club.*


    What made you start volunteering at Afril?


    In general I wanted to give some of my time back to help other people, and I feel strongly that anyone arriving in our country should be helped by those already here - whether that's with housing advice or learning the language. I was more drawn to Afril because I think it covers a lot of important issues that new arrivals must struggle with, and giving their children some extra education allows them to maximise their opportunities here.


    What has been your best volunteering moment at Afril?


    I always enjoy the end of term events as it shows what the kids have learned and how they have grown - particularly enjoyable to see the fruits of lessons I'm not involved in such as ukelele or fife!


    What have you found most difficult?


    Realising some of the hardships that other families go through, which helps to underline the importance of the work carried out by organisations such as Afril.


    What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?


    If you're thinking about volunteering then you're already halfway there - dive in and you won't regret it!

    Meet Mousumi!

    Role: Legal assistant - assists clients and signposts them to other services.


    1) What made you start volunteering at AFRIL?

    To gain work experience in working in a small charity at a grass roots level and help those most vulnerable in society. I also like the opportunity of developing my legal experience by helping the legal advice sessions when they begin.


    2) What has been your best volunteering moment at AFRIL?

    The first time I completed an application to AFRIL’s standards!


    3) What have you found most difficult?

    Making more time to commit so I can help more.


    4) What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?

    Definitely join in and help. It's a great feeling knowing you are helping somebody out there in whatever way you can, be it a small or huge contribution.



    **If interested in volunteering, please contact:


    telephone: 020 8297 4111

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  • June 20th Celebration

    May 25, 2015


    Rainbow Club are holding a party festival to celebrate our amazing community.

    -Party Games & Face Painting

    -Music & Dancing


    -Talks, stalls and party for parents


    *9.30am - 1.30pm

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  • Save Our Human Rights

    May 23, 2015

    Please save the Human Rights Act. We rely on this law to protect us. To take it away is simply inhumane. This is not what Great Britain stands for.

    Find out more information and sign the petition here!


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  • Partnered with Imagine Foundation

    May 9, 2015

    We are partnerned with Imagine Foundation.  Read their write up of us here.

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