#youmadeithappen

This time last year I was writing to all our supporters to tell you that we had hit a funding crisis and the sad news that we were having to make all four of our staff redundant.   How things can change in the space of one year…..and this is thanks to you all.  …

Gateshead Volunteers Month & Refugee Week 2018 Event

Just over a month since our event celebrating the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers in our community, we now have the photos to share, from what was a fantastic day full of music, fun, smiles and delicious food. You can view a selection here: Volunteers Month Event_The Comfrey Project Once again all participants of The…

Refugees of the North East #5: Nancy

Nancy came to the UK as an asylum seeker in 2005, having fled from Kenya as a result of tribal clashes and fears for her general safety and security. The community Nancy was living in was dangerous; on a day-to-day basis her life and that of her family – as well as her home and…

Refugees of the North East #4: Mohammed

Mohammed and his wife came to the UK to study; with him gaining a specialist Accountancy degree and her undertaking a PhD in Chemistry from Newcastle University, which she recently completed. When the war broke out in Libya in 2014, the situation became too unstable for Mohammed and his family to return to their home…

Refugees of the North East #3: Yvette

Yvette was born in Congo in central Africa where she worked as a business woman. She was also very active in promoting women’s rights in her community. She set up a project which aimed to support disadvantaged women to develop their confidence and leadership skills and become financially independent. She explained that in Congo, equality…

Refugees of the North East #2: Lucy

After some particularly traumatic circumstances surrounding her migration, and a soul-destroying waiting process before being granted asylum in the UK, what Lucy longed for the most was to find a job and feel useful and independent again.  However, the ride has not been as smooth as she had hoped for. In Kenya where she comes…

Refugees of the North East #1: Reza

Coming from a family with agricultural tradition back in Iran, Reza sought involvement with activities that allowed him to be outdoors and care for the land. Maintaining a strong bond with nature helps him stay ‘grounded’ and fills him with a sense of fulfilment; “If we look after the planet then the planet will look…

The Comfrey Project on the BBC news website

Earlier this month there was a news item on the BBC website about Comfrey Project entitled ‘Refugees find new roots through the power of gardening‘. It included a number of photos of the project. Well worth a look. In addition, this article was picked up by Gardeners World who called a few days go to express…

Moving forward

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Development Coordinator – Eleni – who started work in mid February. We were able to appoint Eleni as the financial position of the project has improved recently. We are confident that the financial position will continue to improve over the coming months and that…