Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is a national charity of 15,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. The aims are:
- to volunteer at local refugee projects;
- to campaign to improve the lives of refugees;
- to educate people about refugees and asylum;
- to fund raise to welcome refugees.
They are currently working in partnership with the Student Christian Movement to campaign for Equal Access to education for asylum seekers is the same as for UK students, with loans and grants available to them.
Thirty groups in universities in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England work with a central team. Student volunteers from STAR help the British Red Cross provide free English, Maths, IT and homework support to very vulnerable and disadvantaged young people: helping make them feel part of the community as well as developing numeracy and literacy skills.
In March STAR delivered 3,772 paper boats to 10 Downing Street, each representing a life lost in the Mediterranean last year as people tried to reach safety in Europe.