Refugee Week: Our home away from home: How N.E.S.T is supporting refugees in the North East with Ross Bennett

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is ‘Our Home’. From the places we gather to share meals to our collective home, planet earth: everyone is invited to celebrate what ‘Our Home’ means to them.

In this special episode to mark Refugee Week 2024, we talk to Ross Bennett, a Newcastle University student and Community Project Worker at North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T).

N.E.S.T is a student-led volunteer project designed to educate, empower and integrate the forced migration community in the North East of England. Discover how Ross and the team support roughly 700 service users each year through teaching English, promoting sport, organising trips in the region, and ensuring our local asylum-seeking and refugee community feels at home in Newcastle.

Learn more about how you can support N.E.S.T at

Donate to fund the N.E.S.T summer sailing trip at

Follow N.E.S.T on Instagram @northeastsolidarityandteaching where you can find more information about their work including a link to their student volunteer registration form.