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Vicky Fronebner (a social work student on placement at START from Switzerland) and Avril Bellinger presented a paper ‘A Social Justice Model: Teaching social work in a hostile environment’ at the Social Work and the Sea Symposium, University of Plymouth, UK on 23rd June 2023

Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA) Spring Scool

To read the keynote talk “Growing Together” from RILA click here

New Co-Chairs for START

Our Founder and Chair, Avril Bellinger, has decided that, after many years of heading the Board of Trustees, it is time to let someone else take on that responsibility. Please see the attached document where she introduces the new Co-Chairs. The trustees are pleased that Avril will continue as a volunteer and look forward to working with her for many years to come.

Click here to meet the Co-Chairs

Ash did it!

A huge thank you to Ash Voralia for running the London Marathon for START. Ash raised an amazing £798! The cash will directly support the amazing work that START does helping refugees settle and integrate in Plymouth.

Ash said “Thank you all for your amazing messages and donations, we raised a huge amount of money for START in such a short time. Your messages of support really helped me get to the finishing line.”

The Stengths Approach is now in print

Available from Bristol University Press

To explore the Strengths Approach and it’s application you can read the recent publication ‘The Strengths Approach in Practice’ by START Trustees Avril Bellinger & Deirdre Ford.

“This book advances passionate and conceptually sound arguments for practical, philosophical and political applications of strengths approaches to complex social challenges, arguing that there is always something that can be done.” Carole Adamson, University of Auckland

“An inspiring account of a prize-winning international co-operation, in which students, refugees, volunteers and professionals make a dynamic contribution to the wellbeing of a city.” Bill Jordan, University of Plymouth

BBC Radio 4’s Clare Balding joined us on a START Walk to Mount Edgecumbe for an episode of ramblings, which you can listen to HERE

The START team worked with The Group Up project on a very special natural building at Embercome, watch the film HERE