Refugee Roots welcomes all, helping those in need find friendship and a place to call home

Refugee Roots is a Christian charity that helps asylum seekers and refugees build relationships and navigate the complexities of building a new life in the UK.

Wellbeing and Support

We are fundraising during the 12 days of Christmas to provide wellbeing and support activities for asylum seekers and refugees.

Uno with Taylor

Taylor's Volunteering Story, "It is so pleasing to watch the happiness that even having a conversation or playing a game of cards brings".


Author: Adam Baker

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Our impact


individuals have been supported this year


reported their English has improved as a result of our classes


reported increased confidence and reduced isolation

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  • CAN Celebration Evening

    Christian Action Nottingham is hosting a celebration event to say thank you to all of our amazing volunteers. Read more

  • Refugee Week Exhibition

    We will be going from New Art Exchange to City Arts where our Art project exhibition will be on display. Read more

  • Refugee Week Art Sessions at The New Art Exchange

    Lead artist Antonietta Sacco and guest artist Ismail Khokon will lead the free Art Session. Two art activities on offer to take part in. Read more

Our services

  • Art Sessions

    Being creative is a great way to relieve stress, express yourself and connect with others. Read more

  • Women's Group

    A safe space to meet (in person and virtually) with other women every Tuesday for support, friendship and empowerment Read more

  • Access

    Access is now taking place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Read more

Case studies

  • Friendship for Alice to overcome loneliness

    “If it wasn't for Refugee Roots and their assistance with Maggie calling me to see how my wellbeing is, I don’t think I would be sitting here to have this conversation..sometimes it felt so lonely” Read more

  • A more confident Muhammad

    I was feeling quite isolated…the hardest thing was being on my own. It’s been brilliant the help and support I have received from Refugee Roots" Read more

  • Helping Kristina feel at home

    “Now I have a stronger sense of home in Nottingham, when I see people I know in town I can stop and talk". Read more


  • The Big Move

    We are moving and we need your support and help to do so Read more

  • Ukraine Appeal

    Support our Ukraine Appeal to be able to provide Befriending support and Assistance to refugees from Ukraine. Read more

  • Wellbeing and Support

    We are fundraising during the 12 days of Christmas to provide wellbeing and support activities for asylum seekers and refugees. Read more


  • Arts Council Funding for Access Arts

    Nottingham-based charity Refugee Roots has secured two years of funding (£29,800). Funding from The Arts Council England will enable the Nottingham charity to deliver 70 art sessions each year, an average of two each week.  Supported by volunteer Theodore Stickley and Lead Artist Antonietta Sacco in partnership with Alison Denholm (City Arts), Diana Ali (Curator) and the New Art Exchange the newly funded project has launched full of expectation and ambition that refugees are welcomed and Read more

  • Support for Windmill Community Gardens

    I’m really excited to tell you that Windmill Community Gardens have been shortlisted for a grant of £10,000 Silver category from the Severn Trent Community Fund!  We know how helpful and useful it was being funded by Severn Trent Community Fund as they funded us 2 years ago with more than £20,000. We also know they were great funders and partners. We are in fact exploring ideas with Severn Trent to deliver employability training. So watch this space...! Read more

  • Roots for Ukraine

    We will be responding to the Ukrainian War by providing our core services with increased capacity and developing them accordingly. For these reasons we will be supporting local people who wish to be part of the governments Homes for Ukraine scheme to connect with Ukrainian refugees. We will also be encouraging those hosting Ukrainian refugees the support and assistance of our befriender's who will be able to help with a range of needs. Read more


Our partners and funders

  • Arts Council England

    We run two weekly Art Sessions funded by Arts Council England. Read more

  • Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

    The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham is a key funder for Refugee Roots with a longstanding history and relationship with the charity formerly Rainbow Project. Read more

  • Foyle Foundation

    The Foyle Foundation awarded Refugee Roots a grant towards their core costs. Read more