Who are we?
We work towards educating and empowering the refugee community in the North East.
North East Solidarity & Teaching (N.E.S.T) is a Newcastle University Students Union (NUSU) student-run volunteer project (managed by Go Volunteer) which offers free English lessons to the refugee community in the region. Through the delivery of these lessons, refugees improve their written and verbal communication skills enabling them to gain necessary language qualifications required to gain employment in the UK. Boosting their confidence empowers them to integrate themselves into the local community, reducing the stigma and prejudice from existing residents.
N.E.S.T welcomes all refugees & asylum seekers in the North East.
Currently learners attending sessions originate from a range of countries in the Middle East and Africa. Gateshead Council is working with the Home Office along with the North East Migration Partnership to support refugees and Newcastle City Council is committed to support the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) Scheme. It is estimated that there are around 570 people, from a number of different countries, currently being supported in Newcastle while they await a decision on their asylum claim.