Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) is a grass-roots organisation directly managed by refugee communities, based in Manchester. MRSN aims to build strong and independent refugee community organisations, develop the skills of community leaders and give people the information they need to settle and build new lives.
Our work focuses on development of refugee organisations, advocacy and campaigns, and advice and orientation.
Manchester Refugee Support Network operates an independent community advice service, providing advice and information to refugees, asylum seekers and their families from across Greater Manchester.
Community Development Service provides practical help, tailored training and advice to new and established refugee community organisations on organisational, funding and other capacity building issues.
The MRSN Heritage Project is collecting memories and putting together an archive that will tell the story of the 20 year life of MRSN. This will eventually include not only an archive at Manchester Central Library, but also a digital time line and more than 20 oral history interviews which will show how MRSN has touched individual lives and how these individuals have helped to shape MRSN and their city.
The project is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Volunteers are central to enabling MRSN to undertake all aspects of its work. There are a range of different projects that you can be involved in. Some of the roles need a regular commitment each week, whereas others are more occasional.