About Us

Our Mission

There are more than 60,000 refugees in Greece and an overwhelming demand for information to understand what is happening to them.

As an organisation that has been working with information for refugees for the past two years in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Holland and the Greek Islands and mainland Greece, we are aware that asylum seekers in Greece are struggling to understand the processes which can result in them facing deportion after receiving a negative decision.

Unaccompanied minors in particular are responsible for their own asylum applications and struggle to understand what they need to do access their rights. Refugees in general are struggling to integrate into a destabilised and bureaucratic Greek economy and society. Survival becomes paramount.

Watch this video made by our partners Translators Without Borders on the situation facing asylum seekers in Greece.

People from the refugee community need to be able to communicate with the authorities, service providers and legal advisers about their situation. When this is not possible, vulnerable individuals may be unable to access appropriate guidance or care.

We make it our mission to provide people with information in their mother tongue in a format that they prefer. This gives people knowledge and the opportunity they need to take back some control over their own lives in situations where they would otherwise be powerless.

We source information: checking dates, legality and rumour to produce, translate and distribute accurate information for refugees. The information we provide is focused on the bureaucratic processes in Greece - from asylum in Greece to family reunification and relocation, support for unaccompanied minors and vulnerable people to appealing against negative decisions.

We create documents, videos and audio files to get information to refugees in a format that works for them. Many refugees cannot read and this is particularly true of minors. We get into camps, squats and meeting places on the mainland to get information to refugees directly - to give them the best chance of understanding the system and preparing them for the various stages within it

We train volunteers so that they have a rudimentary but accurate understanding of the processes that they can share with refugees.

 

The Team

Sharon Silvey
Director
Her background in corporate and commercial enterprises - from Eurostar to Disney - helped her to be unafraid to assess and respond to the needs of people in distress. As founder of RefuComm, she leads the team and helps the organisation grow.
Ele Ennis
Project Manager
Participation in social movements and projects in Spain and Nicaragua led her to Greece and Refucomm. Working as an English teacher in Spain, she manages various projects for RefuComm.
Pip Lambert
Project Manager
A background in international TV and marketing helps Pip focus on the value of strategy, communication techniques and planning to help fill the information gap in Greece.
Dan Silvey
Finance Director
Dan's principal role is supporting his busy wife by picking her up and dusting her off when the going gets tough. Dan has worked in finance for over twenty years so helps to keep RefuComm's books in order.
Billie Bell
Technical Director
Having experience in multiple programming languages and graphic design from a young age, Billie utilizes his technological know-how to help bring the project to life.
Amy Humphreys
Researcher
Keeping us up to date on what's happening in the world. Researching for change.
Naeem Qazi
Urdu Translator
An IT/Telecoms professional who has worked for caravans in Calais and taken trips to Austria, Croatia, Slovania & Hungary to distribute aid to refugees. He was part of a team driving a convoy of 31 ambulances from UK to Pakistan. His roles include translating information from English to Urdu.
Hannah Martin
Fundraising Manager
Hannah's experience lies in business development. After leaving her professional role to volunteer in both Calais and Northern Greece, Hannah has come on board to help raise the funds that we so vitally require to provide refugees with the information they need to navigate the highly complex asylum system including their legal rights.
Abdullah Akiem
Chios Cultural Mediator
There are few people who know the politics of the camps on Chios as well as Abdullah. There are even fewer people who would be able to uphold their principles in a place where refugees' lives are deemed less worthy and thus their rights are more easily taken away. Abdullah has now been on Chios for one year and five months and is the longest-running volunteer on the island.

Collaboration

RefuComm work with hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals.