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.

Refugee Week Special: Sanctuary Songs with Dr David Baines and Theresa Easton

In this special episode to mark Refugee Week, I will be talking to Dr David Baines, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Theresa Easton, Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University. 

Learn about the importance of Refugee Week, Newcastle University as a University of Sanctuary and some of the activities you can get involved with during the week.

The Sanctuary Songs academic conference takes place from 19th – 20th June 2023 and the cultural festival will run from Wed 21st – Sat 24th June in various venues around the University. For further information visit Sanctuary Songs Conference and Arts Festival.

Other useful links:

The Courier:
University of Sanctuary:
Skimstone Arts:
North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T):

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