Potted history of Refugee Resource

August 2018

3 year funding from Children in Need secured to continue our in-school counselling service.

April 2018

New 3 year funding secured from Comic Relief to start a new mental health project with young men, and continue the football group and counselling work with this group. Also received funding for 2 years from Oxford City Council for our Mentoring and Volunteering service.

January 2018

New Service Development and Delivery Manager appointed to oversee our front-line services.

August 2017

Funding secured from Oxfordshire Community Foundation Step Change Fund to extend our in-school counselling project beyond the successful pilot to become an established part of our counselling service.


May 2017

Our Approved Provider Service (APS) quality mark was renewed through the Mentoring and Befriending specialists at the NCVO.

January 2017

Belinda Coote appointed our new Chair of Trustees.

December 2016

Launch of our in-school counselling pilot project with Oxford Spires Academy, delivered by a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

August 2016

New Partnership Development Manger appointed to support our fundraising, marketing and communications.

July 2016

New Social Inclusion Service launches, providing advice and advocacy support to our clients.

March 2016

Successful 3 year funding secured from the Big Lottery for counselling and mentoring services, from Henry Smith towards core costs and from the Rayne Foundation for two years for our counselling and outreach work with young people. 

August 2015

Kate Hood took over as Chief Executive Officer.

February 2015

Dr Antony Kingsley stepped down as Director.

November 2014

Shortlisted for the Oxfordshire Charity of the Year Awards. A new service for men was piloted and a football club was formed.

October 2014

Commencement of a pilot project in partnership with the Police and Crime Commission to undertake counselling for victims of crime many of whom are refugees.

July 2014

Refugee Resource joined a Thames Valley wide consortium to deliver counselling services (initially in Oxfordshire) with the intention of expanding across Thames Valley.

February 2014

We were accredited to mentoring and befriending foundation

October 2013

Incorporating vulnerable migrants into our constitution as one of our key beneficiaries

February 2013

Successful 3 year funding from Big Lottery and Comic Relief to continue the work giving stability to Refugee Resource

October 2012

Dr Antony Kingsley took the Directorship with Amanda leading the Business Development Programme. Ray Fishbourne was appointed as the Chair of Trustees.

May 2011

We began working in partnership with Reading Refugee Support Group with the aim of delivering services across the Thames Valley region.

January 2011

We started to deliver specialist training services to transfer our skills in working with refugees and asylum seekers to wider migrants.

November 2010

We won Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action’s 2010 Award for ‘Best practice in the use of volunteers’ for our Mentoring and Coaching service and the organisation was shortlisted for the Oxfordshire Charity of the Year Award.

August 2010

Our database records show that we have now worked with over 1000 clients since our beginnings. We will be delighted to provide more details about the long lasting impact of what our clients have achieved with our support.

February 2010

Our women’s group celebrated their 5th anniversary with a festive event, involving music, dance and testimonies of women.

June 2009

We held an open day to celebrate the organisation’s 10th anniversary.

April 2009

Our mentoring service was awarded ‘Approved Provider Status’ by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. This is a national standard for mentoring and befriending.


January 2009

We secured a further three years’ funding from the Big Lottery Fund for the counselling work, and to expand both the mentoring service and the women’s service.

May 2008

Moved to larger premises at the Old Music Hall on the Cowley Road.

September 2006

The Counselling and Therapeutic Service won the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s 2006 Award for Excellence in the Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

April 2006

A long term evaluation of the counselling and therapeutic work was published.

January 2006

We secured three years’ funding from the Big Lottery Fund for the counselling work and to set up a new mentoring service. We also secured funding from Comic Relief for a Women’s Counsellor and Women’s Project Coordinator.

September 2005

We began a six-month project to improve the presentation of refugees and asylum seekers in the media. This included training refugees and asylum seekers and those working with them in interviewing skills and writing news releases.

November 2004

As a result of the employment services being used far less by women than by men, Refugee Resource held a consultation with refugee women to find out what support they wanted. As a result, the women’s group was set up.

September 2004

Refugee Resource won a National Information Forum ‘Getting the message across’ national award for the first edition of Asylum Seekers and Refugees – Directory of Services in Oxfordshire.

From April 2004

The employment service was funded jointly by Jobcentre Plus and the European Social Fund.

December 2003

The European Social Fund contract for Access First ended. Of 72 people enrolled, 64% secured jobs. Independent evaluators of the Access First Employment and Training project identified it as one of the most successful projects they had evaluated.


August 2003

Refugee Resource was registered as a charity by the Charities Commission.

April 2003

Refugee Resource was set up as a charitable company limited by guarantee in October 2002. The Trustees transferred the assets and liabilities held under the charitable trust into the company limited by guarantee and since April 2003 the organisation’s activities have been conducted through the company limited by guarantee.

July 2002

In response to requests from refugee doctors, Refugee Resource helped to set up the Oxford Refugee Health Professionals Support Project.

January 2002

The Oxford Refugee Support Project changed its name to Refugee Resource.

November 2001

 We were successful in a bid to the European Social Fund, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council’s Community English School, to extend Access First to offer a work preparation course, including work placements with local employers.

August 2001

 Three years’ funding was secured from the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund for a counselling and therapeutic service for young refugees and asylum seekers, and a training and consultancy service for service providers.

March 2001

East Oxford Action agreed to fund the first year of a training and employment project. ORSP initiated setting up the Oxfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Training, Education and Employment Partnership (ORASTEEP), and the Access First Employment and Training Project was launched on World Refugee Day in June 2001. Refugee interviewers were employed to survey the skills, experience and aspirations of refugees and asylum seekers living in Oxfordshire.


In consultations, refugee and asylum seeking men, women and young people said that as well as therapeutic support they also needed help to access work and training opportunities.

October 1999

The Oxford Refugee Support Project (ORSP) was constituted as a charitable trust.​

Early 1999

Amanda started a therapeutic gardening project with a small number of asylum seekers.​


Amanda Webb-Johnson started discussions with statutory and voluntary organisations about how best to meet the mental health needs of local refugees and asylum seekers.​

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To relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire, by providing psychological, social and practical support.

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