Our mission is to work in partnership with families, individuals and organisations to facilitate the transition of refugees from people in need to self reliant contributors to their local communities.
START recognises the skills and experience asylum seekers and refugees bring to the city. As a learning organisation, START uniquely utilises the student placement as a resource which together with the strengths and skills of the community, we work out what support is needed and how to achieve it…
We support asylum seekers and refugees reduce the impact and isolation they feel coming to live in Plymouth. We offer holistic support either by working on a one to one basis or through community activities.
We advocate and assist asylum seekers and refugees to live within a new community or to move to new geographical locations.
We provide various community activities that promote recreation and other leisure time occupations within the asylum seeker and refugee community. These activities seek to reduce social isolation, promote healthy living and create volunteering opportunities.
We seek to advance the education of students in training by providing learning experiences, which contribute to their personal and professional development.
START regularly contributes to health and education conferences, presentations and publications which promote best practice. We foster the development of social networks and promote integration. We have developed strong links with other organisations within Plymouth. We are part of the Plymouth Asylum Seeker and Refugee Consortium (PASRC) which promotes cooperation between similar agencies.