Who we are

The Regional  Refugee
Forum North East

The  Collective Voice of the
North East Region's
Refugee Community

We are the independent membership organisation created by and for the North East region’s Refugee-led Community Organisations (RCOs), enabling them to unite and produce their Collective Voice and empowering them to be active agents in change by speaking up for and by themselves to decision makers to influence policy and services that impact on the lives of the whole community of asylum seekers and refugees living across the region.

Each one of our member organisations supports the settlement and integration of communities in exile from across the world. As new members of the regional community, they want to participate in and contribute to the social, economic and cultural vitality and future of the North East, as active citizens.

Through the Regional Refugee Forum they work together to:

  • gather evidence about the distinct challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees, which are not shared by the non-refugee community 
  • identify what works best in securing social and economic inclusion
  • present their Collective Voice to local and regional policy makers and service providers to inform the development of evidence based policy and practice that will promote integration and equality for the region's community of asylum seekers and refugees

The RRF has achieved regional and national recognition for its model of Collective Action. We were awarded Outstanding Smaller Organisation at the North East Voluntary & Community Sector Awards 2013, and Community Organisation of the Year at the 2012 Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards.

We are a member of the North East Migration Network, and co-chair its Move on & Economic Inclusion subgroup. We work closely with the North of England Refugee Service, the Refugee Council and with refugee led networks across the UK to share and exchange learning and ideas about what works.

See our Annual Reviews for more information on our work and impact.

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Registered Charity Number: 1109815 Founded in 2001

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