Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Plymouth Refugee Week 2017

START is excited to announce our events over this year's Refugee Week, taking place between 17th-23rd June.

First off we will be at the 'Plymouth Hope Festival' and football tournament on Saturday 17th June between 10am-5pm at Brickfields Sports Grounds. Come for music, food, activities and more!

On Friday 23rd June we will be running one of our popular START walks, this time to lovely Bovisand, meeting outside DCRS (7 Whimple Street, Plymouth) and setting off at 9.30am.

This year the closing ceremony for Refugee Week will be at the final Cultural Kitchen before the summer break, located at Sherwell Church, North Hill, Plymouth on Friday 23rd June 4pm-8pm. It's set to be a great night with the Refugee Week awards being held, music from a local community choir and as always a delicious halal meal prepared for everyone (takeaway containers available for those for Ramadan).

There are lots of other events going on for Refugee Week in Plymouth by other organisations too which you can get involved in, many of them have been listed in the schedule below.

We hope to see you at these events, and if you would like any other information please contact us in the comments below.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

START Wins Social Care Award

START Awarded 'Best Refugee Integration Programme - Devon & Cornwall'

We are extremely pleased with the news that START have been announced as winners of a Global Health & Pharma Social Care Award! START has been selected as 'Devon & Cornwall's Best Refugee Integration Programme 2017' by the nationwide magazine GHP.

GHP describes their awards as 'rewarding outstanding service and innovation within the field of social care in order to celebrate the industry’s finest and bravest. It recognises those who selflessly and generously donate their time and effort to look after others, without ever asking for recognition or commendation'.

You can find more information on the award we have received through the following link:

Friday, 14 April 2017

Cultural Kitchen New Dates

Cultural Kitchen - Dates For Your Diary!

We are pleased to confirm dates for Cultural Kitchen through until 2018 - add them to your diary and we hope to see you there!

April - Friday 7th & 21st
May - Fridays 5th & 19th
June - Fridays 9th & 23rd
July - Friday 7th

Break for Summer

September - Fridays 8th & 22nd
October - Fridays 6th & 20th
November - Fridays 3rd & 20th
December - Fridays 1st & 15th

The Cultural Kitchen is a safe meeting place for refugees and asylum seekers to come together, socialise, make new friends, play games and enjoy a Halal meal. Free art and craft activities are available and enjoyed by children and adults alike. START staff, trustees, placement students, service users and volunteers prepare and serve the meal and everyone helps to clear away afterwards.

To attend the evening it costs £1 for adults and is held at Sherwell Church, North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8ER. The hall is open between 4pm and 8.30pm on the dates above. All refugees and asylum seekers are welcome at Cultural Kitchen - we hope to see you at one of the upcoming dates!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

START Focus of Upcoming BBC Radio 4 Programme!

Join us by listening on BBC Radio 4 on March 30th

START was delighted to have been joined by Clare Balding in a walk from Cremyll to Cawsands for the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Ramblings' – due to be aired on 30th March 2017.

START works in partnership with families, individuals and organisations to support refugees settling in Plymouth with a dedicated team and an innovative placement scheme for students. It is important to START to facilitate the transition of refugees from people in need to self-reliant contributors to their local communities. A key community activity is "STARTwalking’.

Clare Balding and her producer Lucy Lund joined START for a walk through Mt Edgcumbe recently, (Number 8, page 50 from our STARTwalking ebook), with a group of 13 keen service users, 3 students (hailing from Germany, Plymouth and France) 4 staff members and 3 trustees including chair Avril Bellinger.

Avril, said 'It was a really enjoyable walk, winter sunshine and beautiful surroundings. Everyone was very relaxed and we all talked with different people throughout the walk. Clare Balding and her producer Lucy are great company and extremely good at what they do. It was a great pleasure to be part of Ramblings which apparently has been going for 17 years.'

This episode of ‘Ramblings’ is due to air on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 3pm, and if missed can be listened to through BBC iplayer and ‘Ramblings’ website. START continues to provide support to refugees in Plymouth and the South West with activities like the walks, Jobs Club, Cultural Kitchen and an allotment. We would love for those who listen and would like to get involved to check our website for more information.

You can follow this link to listen to the programme:

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

from all of us at START....

A few dates for your diary:
Wednesday 17th December 2014 - Job Club, 
10.30 - 2.30 pm, Unit 3 HQ Building

Friday 19th December 2014:
Christmas Cultural Kitchen, 
4.00 pm - 8.30 pm Sherwell United Church Hall

The START office will be closed from 
Wednesday 24th December through to Friday 2nd January

Monday 5th January 2015:
START office open for appointments only

Friday 16th January 2015
Cultural Kitchen 4.00 pm - 8.30 pm 
Sherwell United Church Hall

    Friday, 13 December 2013

    From all of us at START 
    We would like to wish you a 
    merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year

    For your Information:
    RHSS Drop-In: 
    Tuesday 10.00 am-1.00 pm at Path, Harwell Centre 
    The drop-in will take place on the following Tuesdays:
    December 16th and 23rd, and January 6th 

    START Soft Creations: 
    Tuesday 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm at Sherwell Church Hall
    The group will meet on Tuesday 16th December and Tuesday 6th January

    START Job Club: 
    Wednesday 10.30 am - 2.30 pm at START Unit 3 HQ Building
    The job club is not open on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve

    The Cultural Kitchen: 
    Every other Friday 4.00 pm - 8.30 pm at Sherwell Unit Church Hall
    Join us for the last Kitchen of the 2014 on Friday 19th December
    in the new year the kitchen will be held on Friday 16th and 30th January

    The START allotment project is now closed for the winter and will reopen in the spring

    Please note:

    The START office will be closed from
    Wednesday 24th December 

    and reopens on Monday 5th January 2015  

    Monday, 9 September 2013

    27th June 2013

    Walk 9 - City Waterfront Walk

    This walk aimed to show how easy it is to get fresh air and sea views right in the heart of the city! 17 walkers met outside the main post office. From there, we headed down to the Barbican.
    Our walk took us along the sea front. From here you could see out to sea...the weather was sunny and warm. We passed the Hoe, Tinside Lido and Millbay docks. We walked all the way to Stonehouse creek.
    We then caught the ferry across the Tamar river and had our packed lunch in the gardens around Mount Edgecumbe.
    After lunch, we caught the boat back to Plymouth and walked to the Royal William Yard. To get back to the Barbican we caught another ferry across the Sound. This was the last planned STARTwalk.