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 often being deported 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.

That's where we come in.

There is no other organisation with as much material available in as many languages as RefuComm. We work with the UN, Greek Asylum Service and other key actors in the country to help get vital yet lacking information to refugees.

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.
Kai Kitschler
Director for Germany
As a former team and project manager, Kai creates structures and develops ideas to make teams work better together. With hands-on experience in the field, he's great at motivation of teams.
Cristina Jimenez Conde
Human Resources Director
With a background in HR and Volunteer Management in diverse non profit organisations she believes in the power of people and she provides RefuComm with good quality volunteers from multicultural backgrounds.
Martin Humphreys
Graphic Designer
His background in advertising & design makes him a crucial part of the communications team. Time in the Middle East & Africa along with volunteering in Lesbos and Athens make him really effective in this project.
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.
Peggy Whitfield
Team Member
Currently taking a much-needed break. Hands on experience and working closely with Refugees makes her a vital part of the team.
Kestor Ratcliff
Legal Advisor
He has applied himself to everything from electrical engineering around Korakas Pinnacle to extracting and summarising relevant key points in legal documents for RefuComm's information banks.
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.

Collaboration

RefuComm work with hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals.