Refugee Radio stands up for human rights and works to combat isolation, discrimination, exclusion and mental health problems. Many of the people we work with have survived traumatic experiences such as war, torture and sexual violence. We provide practical support and advice as well as cultural activities in order to help individuals and promote social change.
Mental-Health Resilience Project
We run a mental-health support group every Monday from 3pm until 5pm at Community Base, Brighton for refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants suffering from stress and depression, especially those with PTSD.
Refugees and asylum seekers who attend the group are able to access our specialist one-to-one casework advice service on employment, education, benefits and housing,
During the COVID-19 shutdown, the Monday support group is meeting online using Zoom, so please contact us for more information. We are still open to new referrals.
We have been piloting bike rides with some of our clients recently, maintaining social distancing and hope to run some more over the summer (thanks again to our friends at Cranks). Do get in touch if you would like to join in! Our social activities programme and our regular Wednesday walking group are being phased back in carefully where possible too, and we will be in touch with previous participants in the near future.
Refugee Heritage & Local History Project
We are committed to recording oral-history interviews with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in our local area as a way of understanding social change in British life and preserving people’s life stories. Our most recent interviews have been collected in the Castaway Heritage book. In our last project, we looked at the humble kebab shop to uncover a hidden world of migration and cultural exchange.
More about the Castaway Heritage Project 2019 >>
Listen to a selection of the Castaway Heritage Podcasts >>
Video and podcasts from the Takeaway Heritage Project 2017 >>
Refugee “Desert Island Discs”
We have been broadcasting radio shows since 2008, helping refugee voices to be heard. We were the first ever weekly programme on refugee issues and since we started we have inspired new “refugee radio” stations across Europe.
Our“Desert Island Discs” Project is a platform for refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants to tell their own stories to their new communities. It is about combating the dehumanisation of mainstream media when it claims to report about refugee issues. We do not run our own radio station, but we make radio programmes for community FM stations and internet radio stations so that we can reach a wider audience.
Conversation Over Borders
We are piloting a new project in partnership with Conversation Over Borders in response to the increasing problem of social isolation during Covid-19.
The project is matching volunteer teachers and befrienders with isolated refugees and migrants.
Refugee Radio Orchestra
The Refugee Radio Orchestra was a supergroup of refugee artists and local musicians who played a mixture of Kurdish and Persian folk music with Hip Hop and Reggae fusion.
Ever since the very first Refugee Radio Roadshow in 2009, we have organised all sorts of live events and gigs in the community to help promote refugee music and bring people together.