What We Do...
Bath STAR (Student Action for Refugees) aims to support all refugees and asylum seekers in the local community through volunteering, campaigning, and raising awareness on refugee issues. We are part of the national STAR network, a charity which helps refugees at universities across the UK.
Have a read about STAR and what they do on a national scale - http://www.star-network.org.uk
Here's How You Can Get Involved...
Joining our online socials and events is an easy way to be involved and ideas for projects and fundraising are always welcome!
Becoming a member allows you to access our Microsoft Teams, in which you can see all our communications about events, campaigns and projects. We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or would like to be a more hands-on member!
If you have any questions or ideas, do get in touch with us by joining the Teams group: Bath STAR Teams or by finding us on Facebook (Bath STAR), Instagram (@bathstar) and Twitter (@bathstar1).
Weekly Homework Club:
A small group of Bath STAR volunteers help local Bath students (8-16 year olds) from refugee-backgrounds with their homework in Bath City Centre every Tuesday at 15:30-17:00. Volunteers attend weekly to give continuity to the attendees. There is an opportunity to volunteer in each semester, volunteering during the local schools term time, including University exam periods. Consistency, as mentioned before is key, as we want to build up trust with the local community. You will be able to apply to volunteer soon by visiting the 'Volunteering Opportunities' page on the SU website. As positions for this are limited, please apply before the deadline as this is a very popular volunteering opportunity!
Winter Clothes Collection:
Last year we collected several boxes of winter clothing such as coats, jumpers, trousers for refugees in Calais. We held a collection outside the library and drove the donations to a local collection point in Frome, where they were sorted and then transported to the refugees who were desperately in need.
We hope to do this again this year, as with the pandemic refugees will be even more in need! Look out for volunteering opportunities to help with manning stalls on campus to collect clothes donations.
University Open Days - Date TBC:
Last year we worked in partnership with Bath University and local councils, charities, and colleauges, to organise a refugee-focused open day. This involved a tour of our wonderful campus and a sample lecture.
We hope to organise another for this year and take more of a hands-on approach. If you would like to get involved, please let us know!
The Equal Access Campaign-
One of STAR’s major projects is working towards Equal Access for students from refugee-backgrounds. The University of Bath’s Amnesty International Society has been working hard over the last three years and has managed to petition the University to create two postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships, plus one more to be announced this year. They have been working tirelessly with the University College Union (UCU) and meet regularly with the Stephen Lambert, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, in order to pressure the university into further action.
Please note that this opportunity is now closed for the time being- however watch this space for more opportunities!
Move Nights –
A social and fundraising event, we will be showing various movies throughout the year related to our campaigns. The last screening was in collaboration with the University of Bath's Film Society, showing the documentary for 'For Sama' with a small entry charge and refreshments available to purchase.
We loved holding large social events but due to COVID any socials or discussions will be held online, on Teams or Zoom. You are always welcome to get in touch with us if you want to hang out or grab a coffee.
Our first meeting for members will be held on Teams on Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 7pm! Please join our Teams group to access the event. You will be able to meet the committee; learn about the opportunities we have for you to volunteer with us; and discuss any of the ideas you may have for projects you would like to see take place this year. See you there!
Bath STAR Teams
We use Microsoft Teams for all our planning and communication. All members are welcome to join in and can easily get involved by following the link above and messaging us in the relevant channel.
From homework club to Freshers week, socials and projects - log into Teams with your Bath ID to chat to us. Teams can be accessed on your phone as an app, in your browser, or even as a desktop app.
Please click on the link below to join:
Bath STAR Teams
Please join our Facebook group, as this is where all new updates and new will be posted.
Look out for any new Bath STAR volunteering opportunities here, and also take a look at our fundraising page.
Alternatively, please feel free to contact any of our committee members if you have any questions!