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Help make real-world, lasting change to better uphold the rights of people forced to flee their homes.

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What we do

In the first 5 months of 2024, more than 13,600 people have sought safety in Greece, the vast majority of whom were forced to make deadly journeys across the Mediterranean sea fleeing violence, persecution and abuse. Almost all of these people need the support of legal aid and mental health professionals, and yet there is no state-provided support whatsoever. At the same time, in the UK asylum seekers fear removal to Rwanda against their will, and continue to live in unsafe, undignified accommodation including floating barges, generally with no right to work. 

Students and young people have long been at the forefront of movements that stand up to injustice and call for fundamental rights and safety for all. Universities often provide a unique space for people to come together, share learning, and speak out - from civil rights to the Vietnam war, and more recently for refugee rights, in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and in calling for a ceasefire and end to the bombardment of Gaza, we as young people cannot underestimate the privilege, and opportunities for positive change, that come with the opportunity to be part of student communities. 

At SolidariTee, we combine education and awareness-raising with direct support to refugees. We don't just talk about the issues - we're united in our goal to directly fund grassroots organisations providing vital legal aid and mental health support to refugees in Greece. So far, we have provided more than £400,000 in grants to NGOs for whom accessing funding for their vital work is incredibly challenging.

Our events, infographics and advocacy go hand in hand with the work done by expert humanitarian professionals. In this way, we're making sure that we help those fleeing violence and persecution today, whilst also creating a culture change in support of refugees in the longer-term. 

Our Team

SolidariTee is entirely volunteer-run, and our student team is at the heart of everything we do. We are deeply grateful that more than 1500 students have volunteered with us since 2018, and can't wait to welcome more people each year to come. 

Our student team is made up of regional teams based at individual universities and colleges. Each team works to unite their local community in support of rights and freedoms for people forced to flee their homes, in any way they choose. In addition to selling SolidariTee tees, each team organises events and campaigns ranging from conferences and bake sales to 'Dance 4 SolidariTee' club nights - you'll have lots of support, but each team is able to set their own vision for the types of activities they'd like to organise.

The regional teams are supported by our student central team, which coordinates some core functions and builds links across the whole team.

If you're not a student, you can absolutely still join our team! Depending on your level of experience, there are a range of ways to volunteer - follow the links below to learn more about the position for you.
 

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Accessing volunteering

At SolidariTee, we have no paid staff whatsoever. Volunteering can be an amazing way of building skills whilst supporting a cause you care about, but we know that different forms of privilege can make volunteering more accessible to some than others. We're committed to doing our part to ensure that anyone who wants to join the SolidariTee movement is able to do so, and seek to actively tackle barriers to inclusion.

 

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities. We are an actively anti-racist organisation, and we recognise that racism, islamophobia, anti-semitism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny play a big role in the oppression that refugees and other forcibly displaced people face. We are committed to tackling these injustices both within the student body and within the affected population that our partner NGOs support. 

 

We would like to acknowledge a few specific considerations around inclusivity, specifically relating to financial privilege, disability, lived experience of forced displacement, and access to higher education, but if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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