The Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit (RAGU) ASSET UK website is aimed at asylum seekers and those who work with them. It has units on: Improve your English, Understand the UK Education System, Further Education, Higher Education, Prepare for Employment/Volunteering, Get Recognition for your Experience and Qualifications, and Requalification. There are lots of links to other relevant websites: www.info-for-asylumseekers.org.uk
The Refugee Access website is for asylum seekers, refugees and agencies working in Yorkshire, Humberside and the Liverpool area. Includes translated resources, examples of best practice and a directory of services in the areas.
The National Guidance Research Forum’s website has a link to a Leonardo da Vinci project, ‘Rainbow’ aimed at increasing multi-cultural competence for those working with asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. They have a web-based service which includes a bibliography, articles, on-line resources and information and training material. They also offer an in-service training course in multi-cultural competence.
The Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service (RETAS) has a site for advisers working with refugees and asylum seekers. This is now a bit out of date but they are involved (with the University of Glasgow and other partners) in a new Leonardo project that aims to meet the needs of vocational guidance advisors, counsellors and all others who support refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in their efforts to prepare for education and work in their new countries. It will contain both information materials accessible to all and an online course for registered students. www.gla.ac.uk/rg
Refugee week in June can be a good focus for awareness raising activities (for more details see the Refugee Council website. These kinds of activities can help to counteract the negative image of refugees in the press especially when refugee students or participants in refugee projects are involved in the planning and the delivery of the activity.
Many of the sites below have material you can use for awareness raising events or training days.
If you want facts to refute some of the myths circulating about refugees or want some material for awareness raising, see:
www.asylumaid.org.uk (also has myths specifically about women asylum seekers)
Visual and audio material
www.icar.org.uk ‘Real Lives’ records refugees’ own stories as well as accounts from those living and working with them. The audiovisual material is collected together from various websites (including BBC, the Guardian and the Museum of London) and covers the last 60 years of refugee experience. Photos, poems, stories, sound recordings, on-line oral history interviews and on-line videos are included.
As part of their ‘Signpost series’, ICAR have a 72-page downloadable list of ‘Films about refugees, asylum seekers and forced migration’. This includes feature-films, shorts and documentaries about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and other countries of settlement and also about the situation in the countries of origin.