Makena’s* Story

Makena’s* Story

As we lead up to Refugee Week 2020, we want to create an online space for refugees to share their stories of living in the UK and dealing with COVID-19. If you would like to share your story please click here. *All names are changed in order to stay in line with our confidentiality policy. I have been privileged enough to be able to work from home during these disastrous time, feeling grateful to be safe and supported from colleagues and MRSN. Isolating from people is not easy, at times very hard to cope with. However, being able to communicate online helped ease the pressure. Myself aside, I can't help to think of those who are suffering from the pandemic and lost their lives and those who mourn not only because they lost their loved ones but they couldn't even hold the service they deserved. When you apply the situation to the homeless and refugees without support, the reality becomes grim as they are easy...
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Hira’s* Story

Hira’s* Story

As we lead up to Refugee Week 2020, we want to create an online space for refugees to share their stories of living in the UK and dealing with COVID-19. If you would like to share your story please click here. *All names are changed in order to stay in line with our confidentiality policy. During quarantine I came up with a new hobby which was cooking. I watched videos on YouTube on how to cook food which I really wanted to learn, make and eat it to see how it came out. My family also tried it and they really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to carrying on making new recipes and trying them. I spent most of my time with my family as well as learning and getting closer to my religion which I really do think is an important thing to do in quarantine since I have more time for myself. Furthermore I spent less time on my phone and helped my...
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Alex’s Story

Alex’s Story

As we lead up to Refugee Week 2020, we want to create an online space for story sharing of refugees and migrant groups. We also wanted to share stories of our staff members and how they came to be part of the MRSN community. Anybody who has been involved with or reached out to MRSN will probably have met Alex, but not many may know how he came to work here. It’s quite a convoluted story of how I first got involved in Manchester Refugee Support Network, so I hope everyone is sitting down. Teaching in China My previous job was as an English teacher in China, where I spent much of my twenties. Unfortunately, that life was brought to an end rather swiftly when I suffered a fall that broke pretty much every bone in my body, permanently fractured my spine and left me with parts of my body put out of service to this day. This necessitated a move back to the...
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Ria’s* Story

Ria’s* Story

As we lead up to Refugee Week 2020, we want to create an online space for refugees to share their stories of living in the UK and dealing with COVID-19. If you would like to share your story please click here. *All names are changed in order to stay in line with our confidentiality policy. Strange! I never thought I will have this lifestyle or this kind of experience during the 9 years of living in the UK! Meeting new people with different backgrounds can be interesting at the beginning,but even something new and challenging. Especially, during the lock down period of COVID-19, it seems like a real challenge for all of us. Being all day inside can be really stressful and depressing. Knowing you have nothing to do, but on the other hand you can't do anything or anything you do you must do inside your area at home. The only line of communication has been through social media or by phone with...
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May 2020 Update Newsletter

May 2020 Update Newsletter

Please view our April 2020 Update Newsletter by clicking here. As we adapt to this new way of working during the Coronavirus outbreak, MRSN would like to share with you our Partners and Funders the steps we have taken to ensure we continue to provide a high quality service to and for our beneficiaries. We have produced this newsletter to share our developments and some good practice ideas that initially presented as a barrier, but now is much less of a barrier. Following COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government, a joint team effort by staff and volunteers at MRSN has allowed us to rise above the challenge and are proud to share with you our second  monthly COVID-19 Newsletter. We look forward to sharing further updates with you in our June Edition Newsletter. In the meantime as you have a glance through our May Newsletter, stay safe, keep well and remain positive. In Peace...
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April 2020 Update Newsletter

April 2020 Update Newsletter

Please view our April 2020 Update Newsletter by clicking here. As we adapt to this new way of working during the Coronavirus outbreak, MRSN would like to share with you the steps we have taken to ensure we continue to provide a high quality service to and for our beneficiaries. We have produced this newsletter to share our developments and some good practice ideas that initially presented as a barrier, but now is much less of a barrier. Following COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government, a joint team effort by staff and volunteers at MRSN has allowed us to rise above the challenge and are proud to share with you our monthly COVID-19 Newsletter. If there is anything you see that you would like to adopt for your respective agencies, in the spirit of sharing and caring,  please feel to use/adapt to suit your needs… after all we’re all in this together. We look forward to sharing further updates with you in our May Edition...
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MRSN Shared Routes Project launch event, 26 Mar 2019

MRSN Shared Routes Project launch event, 26 Mar 2019

Last week we had a very successful launch for our Shared Routes Project that is funded for the coming 4 years by the National Lottery Community Fund. More than 50 people attended! People were queuing to submit applications and ask questions…. at the end we run out of applications…. It was amazing to receive so much deep interest in our peer navigator training. And to witness how so many people were so motivated to learn and do something to improve their lives and the situation of their communities. Thanks also to our MRSN chair Tendayi for her great welcome speech. As she said, the big advantage of this project is: People can make it their own! We are flexible and can adapt the training to YOUR interests. Just tell us. We start this May our first training cycle. Courses will run throughout the year and we accept applications throughout the year. More information @ 079 889 75 667 / randa@mrsn.org.uk ...
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