Fresh Beginnings is a voluntary organisation based in Colchester, providing practical help to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers around Essex.

We offer a friendly face and understand the issues surrounding fitting into a new culture where systems are baffling and bureaucracy is overwhelming.

We run a drop-in advice and advocacy service at our Colchester office for anyone to receive free advice and support on a broad range of subjects from housing and employment to how to make friends and learn English.

Our aims

  • To identify and address the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers resident, or intending to be resident in Essex.
  • To enable those with the right to remain to become full and equal members of the local community.
  • To challenge intolerance and ensure equal opportunity for all.

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We are planning 2 Volunteer Days as we have had such a positive response from all those in Colchester who are very keen to help us. We would like to tell you a little more about who we are and how we work.
We have a number of roles available:  from teaching, to administration and general support. We are also looking for support with our playgroup during the English classes as well as creative, arty souls who might like to help us set up a crafty group.
You might be just the right person if you are :
good at problem solving
able to work within guidelines
good at making lots of tea and coffee
These "signing up" days are planned to take place at our offices  : 
Friday 29th April : from 10.30 - 12.30
Tuesday 3rd May from 10.30 - 12.30 OR 14.00 - 16.00
Call us on : 01206 616727 and book ONE of the sessions or to answer any further questions. 
Abbeygate 2
9 Whitewell Road
If you are keen to fill out an application please bring all your contact details when you come in, PLUS the details of 2 independent referees (and all their contact details as well )