‘Caritas Action for Refugee Education (CARE) began in September 2016. Initially, we were only offering English and Mathematics classes to refugees and asylum seekers who were staying in the emergency accommodation at Cornerstone Day Centre, as part of the Safe Haven project. However, as the weeks went on, we found more and more migrants from the wider community requesting English classes, stating that they were unable to receive classes from colleges, or that they needed more academic based classes that would help them transition into higher education. We started with approximately 20 learners, and largely through word of mouth, student numbers have risen to 150 in four years. Be it learners at the beginning of their educational journey, or those on the brink of university, we endeavour to support all those who enter our doors through the provision of high quality education in a positive, social atmosphere.
Whilst adapting this project as it has grown over the years has always been part of what we do, we are having to change in new ways as we all deal with the challenge of the Coronavirus. September 2020 will see us continue teaching online as we have done for the months since lockdown began but we are hoping to deliver some socially distanced classes in a new location with Caritas House in the north of Manchester becoming our new base having been hosted by Cornerstone Day Centre since inception.
With demand not diminishing, we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to provide one to one tuition and in class support. We always try to accommodate the needs of volunteers, and will provide any training needed. So if you are interested in becoming part of the Caritas Action for Refugee Education project and supporting others to make tangible differences in their lives, please do not hesitate to contact us!’