Give refugees a brighter future in the UK

by Bayswater Foundation in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th August 2019 we successfully raised £1,383 with 20 supporters in 42 days

We want to empower refugees through English language classes to build their confidence and give them an introduction to university life.

by Bayswater Foundation in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Who are we? 

 Bayswater Foundation is the charity wing of social enterprise Bayswater Education. We aim to empower individuals and communities through English language learning. For every student that studies with Bayswater Education at the language college, our Foundation helps another from a less privileged background on a one-for-one basis. We donate time, expertise and funds to inspire positive change in the home countries of our students. We believe the opportunity to learn should not be limited to those who can afford it.  

What is the problem?

On arrival in the UK, many refugees think their problems are over. They soon realise that this is the beginning of an onslaught of issues that make it extremely difficult to feel welcome here. Young people are often bullied at school because they don't fit in and can't express themselves to their peers. Adults who are highly skilled and desperate to rebuild their lives often end up in 'survival jobs' or unemployed because they can't communicate with employers.

Reports from the Refugee Council and Refugee Support Network highlight how refugees find it very hard to access support with their English language skills. Attending university is a primary aim of displaced students but globally only 1% of refugees get into high education. Refugees like Shiva and Kamran who appear in the video you've just watched face a range of barriers when trying to progress to university, from student finance to challenges validating previous qualifications. This means that those with the academic potential to go to university, are often unable to move forward.

We need to do something about this. We need to give refugees access to the opportunities they deserve and make sure their talents and skills don't go to waste.

How are we going to help? 

This summer, Bayswater Foundation is delivering a two-week programme in August for refugees who would never have the same opportunities as our students. The programme will help these people improve their English and give them the skills to go forward with their lives.

Our programme will be aimed at two groups: teenage refugees aged 14-17 years old who are enrolled in secondary education to give them a taster of university life and adults aged 18-35 who may already have a university education in their home country and wish to return to full-time study or work but lack the necessary English skills. 

The programme will include English and academic skills classes, soft skills workshops such as CV writing and confidence building, guest speakers from local businesses and cultural activities. We hope that this opportunity will be a springboard for attendees, helping them to connect with university contacts, services in the higher education sector and potential employers.

In partnership with refugee organisations in the Nottingham area and around the UK, we are currently recruiting applicants for this years programme - there is space for 100 refugees to participate! 

Bayswater Foundation has fundraised £20,719.21 so far and we need your help to make this life-changing experience possible! 


One space on the two week residential programme will cost £1253 

One space on the two week day programme (for locals in Nottingham) will cost £710


Your generous donations will fund:

- Accommodation in Cripps Hall at the University of Nottingham 

- Meals on campus 

- A dedicated welfare team

- Transport during the programme (bus passes for day participants and volunteers)

- Cultural activities 

- Classrooms

-  Materials 

- Guest speakers 

Please donate today and give refugees like Shiva and Kamran a brighter future. Your support will change their lives here in the UK. 

For more information please contact Project Manager Jessica Dunks by email at [email protected] or call 020 7221 7259.  

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