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Mission, Values and Aims

Outdoor Play At A Refugee Children's Centre

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and promote refugee, displaced and disadvantaged children's right to play, as set out in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts." Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We believe that every child should have access to a safe, happy, nurturing and stimulating place to play.

We aim to achieve our goal by:

Refugee Children's Centres is an independent non-governmental organisation founded in 2016. We are currently awaiting registered charity status.

The organisation is run by a small Board of Trustees, a Director, a team of Coordinators and Advisers and in-field Volunteers - all of whom work as unpaid volunteers.

Our Values

In Refugee Children’s Centres we value happiness and wellbeing, respect and freedom of self-expression; everything we do is based on this.

Our Centres

In our Centres we aim to:

Meet the Team

Board of Trustees

Sue Stephens
Jeanette White
Andy Somers

Board of Directors

Founding Director, Freya White
Programme Coordinator, Helen Wiggins
Research and Development Coordinator, Caroline Zwierzchowska-Dod
Programme Officer, Jon-Jo McClelland

Help from Home Team

Marketing and Communication Officer, Lauren Wilson
Fundraising Manager, Sally Houghton
Programme Officer, Hannah Edge
Research and Fundraising Assistant, Sarah Stevens

Education Team

Education Coordinator, Elena Natale BEd PGCE, Homerton College

Janet Harvell BSc MA, Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education, Centre for Children & Families, University of Worcester
Alison Prowel BA MSc PGCE, Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education,Centre for Children & Families, University of Worcester
Caroline Zwierzchowska-Dod BEd MEd, Homerton College


Health and Safety, John Knight CMIOSH, British Red Cross