STAR, GU Redcross and GU Amnesty Ceilidh – SUCCESS! March 20, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
The figures are just in from the Ceilidh count-up!
In total, we managed to raise £273.30 for the Redcross International Tracing and Messaging Service (RITS), which helps to reunite families who are separated due to conflict or natural disaster! RITS is a great cause, and the ceilidh was a GREAT night. We had the gift of the wonderful GU Celtic Group who played all night in the name of charity, we had a fabulous array of raffle prizes, and vitally plenty of enthusiastic dancers and merry-makers!
Thanks to everyone who came out, and everyone who supported the event! Special thanks go to the GU Redcross for organising so much of the event and again to the wonderful GU Celtic Group for playing our little ceilidh!
STAR at the MEDSIN Confrence March 20, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
We were very flattered to be invited along to run a workshop at the Medsin confrence – a global health conference targeted at medical students. We presented a workshop on “Refugee Destitution and Student Action” that last about an hour. We started by giving a brief introduction in the problem of destitution and showed the Stop Destitution Campaign’s two minute video. Following this we asked the participants to discuss, brainstorm and answer three questions which would lead to them creating a final, critiqued project idea! The feedback we got from the workshop was very positive and STAR may well end up running this workshop again next semester!
The annual STAR, GU Redcross and GU Amnesty Ceilidh! March 14, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Events.
It’s the time of year again, when classes are finishing, the rain is getting slightly warmer and posters for the annual STAR, GU Redcross and GU Amnesty ceilidh start appearing on campus!
We will once again be raising for the Redcross International Tracing Service (RITS), which helps to reunite families who have been seperated by conflict or natural disaster.
It’s a great cause and is sure to be a great night!
Tickets are £3 in advance, and £4 on the door. If you would like tickets contact us at starglasgow( at ) googlemail.com.
We hope to see as many STARs and friends as possible as this is our end of year STAR social!
Star Meeting 13/03/13 – A Year in Review March 14, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Meetings.
This week’s meeting was sadly the last of this academic year! We spent the meeting discussing and evaluating what activities, methods of education and campaigns we had taken on this year as well as thinking about what we hadn’t done that we may want to explore next year! Here is a summary of our year in STAR.
Our first event of the semester, STAR Seeking was an interactive workshop aimed at introducing new members to the UK asylum system. At the start, participants would be given a ‘profile’ of a fictional person who they would represent on their journey through the asylum system were they were faced with cruel UKBA staff, poor housing and destitution. The workshop was received very well, and the participants said that it gave them a greater appreciation of the difficulties of the UK asylum system (which many knew nothing about before the meeting).
We held two bakesales in our first semester, the first was to raise money for the Refugee Survival Trust and to try and get passers-by to sign the Stop Destitution Campaign postcards. We made £69.28. Our second bake-sale was on the day of the November Sleep Out to raise awareness of what we were doing, why we were doing it and to raise a bit more money for Positive Action in Housing who all of the Sleep Out funds were being donated to.
Our annual November Sleep Out was a great success this year raising an astounding £920! The weather stayed dry, and mostly mild for the whole night and as always there was plenty of food, signing, dancing and lots of chit-chat. The Sleep Out is always a great event for getting to know other members and definitely an experience to be had!
We ran a pub quiz in November raising money for the UNHCR’s Syria Emergency Appeal. Although the questions may have been a little hard, everyone enjoyed themselves! On the night we also had a bakesale, and a raffle -with probably had the most raffle prizes I have ever seen. We managed to raised £156.13 at the pubquiz!
In the week between the end of term and the start of the exam diet we ran a Pop-up Charity shop at the Queen Margaret Union. We ran the shop from 10-4pm every day for a week selling donated clothes, jewelry books and bric-a-brac. The £116 raised went to the charity Unity who donated a lot of the stock from their charity shops.
This year ran our first ever “Feel Good, Do Good” night at the Bodyshop. It was really fun, and I hope that we’ll do it again in the near future! There were hand massages, eye and lip makeovers, cakes, drinks and a discounts on bodyshop products! We raised £253.97 from this event and it was all donated to the UNHCR’s Syria Appeal.
Another first for this year was the STAR Trek! We took a symbolic distance of 400 miles (which works out to 20 miles walked by 20 people) between Glasgow and Croydon (the only place where an asylum seeker can begin their asylum claim once in the country) and raised money by doing a sponsored walk for the Refugee Survival Trust, who among many other things, offer grants to those who need to travel to Croydon but cannot afford to as the government gives no assistance. It was a hard walk, but I think everyone who came felt like they had achieved something good at the end of the day! We managed to raise an amazing £539.79 from the STAR trek!
This Saturday STAR Glasgow will be presenting a workshop on “What students can do” at the Medsin Global Health Conference 2013 in Glasgow. This will be very exciting for us! We are going to take as many Stop Destitution Campaign postcards as we can to get them signed by the event attendees and we will be showing the campaign’s video at the introduction to our workshop. The aim of the workshop is to inspire students to use their strengths to create projects that will be benefit the asylum-seeking and refugee communities.
Our last event of the year – and our STAR SOCIAL – is the annual GU Red Cross, GU Amnesty and STAR Glasgow ceilidh! We are again raising for the amazing Red Cross International Tracing Service (RITS) which helps to reunite families who are separated due to conflicts and natural disasters. The ceilidh is on 19th of March (Tuesday) – tickets are £3 before and £4 on the night!
This has been a great year for STAR and if you were involved with the group at any point this year, on behalf of the committee – Thanks! We hope to see you at our Ceilidh on Tuesday and next semester too!
STAR meeting 6/03/13 March 11, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
This weeks meeting was the AGM (Annual General Meeting) where the new 2013/14 committee was elected! The new committee is as follows:
President – Chrissy
Secretary – Amy
Treasurer – Kit
Ordinary Board – Sarah, Caitlin and Charlie
STAR Trek – COMPLETE March 5, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
We have returned alive and well (with the exception of some blisters and tender muscles) from our 20 mile sponsored hike, raising money for the Refugee Survival Trust.
20 members and friends of STAR descended upon the quiet village of Balmaha to start the walk at around half ten in the morning. With a slight diversion round Conic hill (due to tree felling) we walked around Drymen, Carbeth and finally arrived in Milngavie, in the dark, around 8pm.
We choose the numbers of 20 miles and 20 walkers as together this is a combined distance of 400 miles – around the same distance from Glasgow to Croydon, London. Croydon is the only place in the UK that a person can begin their asylum claim, but the government give NO ASSISTANCE to help these people who, overwhelmingly, have no money to get there
So far we have managed to raise £442.79 and we hope that the total will continue to rise over the next week! If you would like more info or to sponsor us online please visit – www.justgiving.com/starglasgowstartrek
Here are our before and after pictures!
STAR meeting 27/02/13 March 5, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
At this weeks STAR meeting we ran a workshop which will be included at the Medsin 2013 Global Health conference in Glasgow in a few weeks time. The workshop helped us to analyse our role as students, and reflect on our own strengths and weakness, to help us creatively devise new projects that we may want to pursue in the coming year!
Next week at STAR will be the AGM (annual general meeting) where committee positions for the next year will be voted in
STAR meeting 20/02/13 February 23, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
This week’s STAR welcome guest speakers Amie from the Friends of Tibet Edinburgh group and Yadon Lhaho, a Tibetan Refuge, heavily involved with the charity Nomadic Survival who aim to transfer midwifery skills to the nomadic women of Tibet for whom giving birth is a massive danger.
First of all Amie conducted a workshop on the basics of Tibet, surprising some of us with how little we actually knew, and then leading us through a game ‘Escape from Tibet’ that highlighted famous cases of Chinese brutality and opened our eyes to the pain and suffering that so many Tibetans must go to the escape Chinese rule.
Following this, Yadon shared her experiences of being a Tibetan refugee. Listen to Yadon speak was so powerful, and so saddening but I’m sure that everyone in that meeting felt inspired to do something to help.
More info will be posted later.
Next week – there will be a workshop on “What students can do to help refugees and asylum seekers”
Feel Good, Do Good at The Body Shop! February 23, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
I am pleased to report that our fundraiser for the UNHCR’s Emergency Appeal for Syrian Refugees was a great success! The event was run along with the lovely staff of the Sauchiehall Street Bodyshop who provided eye and lip makers, tester samples products, snacks and drinks and hand massages! There were also six lucky winners of raffle prizes on the night. The event was completely sold out and we made £253.97!
A massive thank you to the staff of the Body Shop, all the STAR members who came along and helped out and finally, to all the people who came out, bought raffle tickets and made the night the success that it was!
If you didn’t make it to the Body Shop – Don’t fear – we another event coming up..
The Annual GU Red cross, GU Amnesty and STAR Glasgow Ceilidh will be on March 19th! Entry is £3 before and £4 on the night and all money raised will be going to the Redcross International tracing program that helps to reunite families who have lost contact whilst claiming asylum.
STAR meeting 13/02/13 February 17, 2013Posted by starglasgow in Uncategorized.
At this weeks STAR meeting we were joined by Greg Philo – Sociology professor at the University of Glasgow and the Research Director of the Glasgow Media Group. Greg Philo gave us a talk based on his research for his new, as yet unreleased book “Bad News for Refugees”. In his talk he discussed how the media influences policy-making which in turn has tremendous and terrible effects on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
At next weeks meeting we will be joined by a representative from the Glasgow Friends of Tibet group who will be giving us a talk on the difficulties of life in Tibet and why refugees and asylum seekers find it hard to escape.