Upbeat Communities provides support to refugees and asylum seekers at different stages of their journeys. They address the needs of those newly arrived in the UK, as well as supporting those who have been through the asylum process and have been granted refugee status. Upbeat Communities work primarily in Derby, with some projects extending into Derbyshire. Their work falls into three categories: welcome, empowerment and awareness.
Over the next academic year, we will be heavily supporting one aspect of the charity's work, their Welcome Boxes. Arriving in a new country can be a daunting experience, especially if you have been through trauma and loss. The charity's welcome services aim to reach out to people when they are most isolated, offering a range of support to newly arrived refugee families and individuals in order to help them feel welcomed. We have recently launched our own 'Welcome Box' appeal to support the work of Upbeat Communities. Further information about this initiative and the work of Upbeat Communities can be found below.