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Recreation, Respite & Connection

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Recreation, Respite & Connection

Recreation, Respite & Connection

CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) By CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)

Recognising the need for friendship and a sense of place, our exciting recreation program will bridge the significant mental health & isolation gaps amongst refugees and asylum seekers in South London

Croydon Idea stage

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Our exciting recreation programme will consist of outings across London, covering a range of cultural sights (galleries, theatres, museums), famous landmarks of central London, leisure activities and a family-accessible day for parents and children. We will run these trips during the school-term Easter and Summer holidays – a time when the majority of mainstream programming takes a pause, and when we typically see an increase in levels of social isolation and mental health difficulties. This program will support refugees and asylum seekers to feel more familiar with the city in which they live, to be more informed and confident navigating public transport and accessing the services they need, and to build meaningful and positive social connections in and outside of CARAS in the process, allowing them to thrive in their new communities.

What we'll deliver:

  • 10 trips across London, covering cultural sights, leisure activities and family-accessible days benefitting 100 people
  • Offer of wraparound support (access to ESOL, casework support and a range of workshops) reaching 300 people per year

Why it's a great idea:

With most refugees and asylum seekers not able to see any part of London outside of where they are housed, we envisage that this project will provide them with the chance to access cultural, social and historical spaces in London which they are currently unable to access. Asylum seekers are unable to work whilst they wait for refugee status, and for many this period of waiting remains a stagnant time where they are both temporally and geographically trapped. We know from our consultations with our community members how meaningful social programming and trips will be and are sure of the positive impact this program will have for mental health, not only by providing activities to engage and inspire individuals, but additionally through building new social networks. Your support could help more than 400 people rebuild their lives, overcome trauma and start to make happy memories within their new communities.

Steps to get it done:

  • 5 recreational activities/trips over the summer holidays
  • 1 recreational activity/trip over the Easter holidays
  • 4 recreational activities/trips over the Christmas holidays
  • At least 75% of participants will report that they feel better about their future

Location Croydon

About the space

We run services in Tooting, welcoming people from all over south London


London Borough of Wandsworth

How will the money be spent?Total £9,611

0.5 days per week salary for coordination - £3,500 (36%)
0.5 days per week of salary for ESOL teaching - £3,500 (36%)
travel costs - £900 (9%)
refreshments - £750 (8%)
volunteering costs- travel - £120 (1%)
volunteering costs- DBS - £80 (1%)
Other - £761 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

0.5 days per week salary for coordination
0.5 days per week of salary for ESOL teaching
travel costs
volunteering costs- travel
volunteering costs- DBS
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Contributions to other service provision at CARAS eg English classes
  • Contribution to interpreting costs for information and advice sessions

Total £9,611

Our Volunteer List

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