A place to belong

Press Release

22 June 2022

Refugee Roots awarded 3 years of funding by The National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Nottingham-based charity Refugee Roots has been awarded three years of funding by The National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. 

Celebrating Refugee Week the charity announced its new funding at a Cooking & Eating Together Event on Monday 20th July.  A pasta making workshop enjoyed by those who came to Cook and Eat together marked an important milestone for the charity. The theme of "Healing" couldn't be more appropriate this Refugee Week as Roots anticipate the real difference that this new funding can enable them to make a they offer and provide opportunities for healing and belonging.          

The funded project commencing in July comes at a crucial time for the charity as it has grown significantly and found its new home at Tiger Community Enterprise CIC’c community hub at Lister Gate in the city centre. Now more than ever before the charity that befriends and supports asylum seekers and refugees to navigate the complexities of building a new life in the UK will be able to provide much-needed support as demand increases. 


Media contact: Louise Third MBE 07773 288342 / [email protected]

Adam Baker is available for an interview.

Left: Freya (volunteer) Right Adam Baker (Charity Director)

Background Notes

Started by Graham Burton at St Stephen’s with St Paul’s Church in Hyson Green, the Rainbow Project was set-up to address racial inequality and injustice, bringing a vision of a truly diverse and welcoming church. This Christian project, pioneered with a strong commitment to social inclusion, began to focus more on support for refugees and asylum seekers. 

With the increasing focus on providing refugee support the charity re-launched under the new name Refugee Roots in November 2019.

The original charity’s founder Reverend Graham Burton was presented with the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury in 2018. The award acknowledged Graham and his wife Gillian’s tireless work for peace especially between Christians and Muslims.

To find out more about Refugee Roots visit www.refugeeroots.org.uk