Who We Support

Cambridge RAG supports a whole range of charities, on a local, national and international level. The charities for the 2020-21 academic year are listed below:

Local:

Jimmy’s Cambridge

Jimmy’s first opened its doors 25 years ago, acting as a night shelter for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough on the streets.

Since then, their services have only expanded. As well as offering year-round emergency accommodation, they also run a specialist controlled drinking project to support alcohol-dependent individuals, and a second stage housing programme to provide people with longer-term stability and a path out of homelessness. This year they have continued to be innovators in their approach to tackling homelessness, with the construction of six new modular homes that offer intensive personalised support. 

To find out more about their work, visit their website here: http://www.jimmyscambridge.org.uk

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre

Since its establishment in 1982, the Cambridge Rape Crisis centre has provided a safe space for survivors of all forms of sexual violence to talk about their experiences, working to remind them that they are not alone. 

 Today, almost 40 years later, they offer a wide range of support services, including a confidential helpline, email support, counselling, advocacy service and group work, working with over 1000 survivors of sexual violence each year. They also campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and challenge harmful myths and stereotypes.

 To find out more about their work, visit their website here: http://cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk

National:

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is committed to fighting inequality; to working towards a society in which everyone, regardless of their background, is able to reach their full potential. From “Pathways to Professions” which encourages 13-15 year olds to consider the wide range of career opportunities available to them, to “Building Futures”, which supports people from under-represented groups pursuing careers in architecture, the high-impact programmes they run provide people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the information, the opportunities and the resources for them to achieve their goals. 

This year alone, the Trust will provide over 1000 young people with careers guidance and award up to £150,000 in bursaries and scholarships to help make sure that economic background is not a barrier to an education.

To find out more about their work, visit their website here:  https://www.stephenlawrencetrust.org/about-us/our-impact/

Refugee Action 

For people seeking asylum, arrival in the UK does not necessarily mean the end of their journey to safety ; many continue to face discrimination, poverty and isolation. Refugee Action works closely with refugees and asylum seekers to support them in establishing their lives here. 

In their 2019/20 financial year, they provided critical support to 3291 people in the asylum process and helped 875 refugees to resettle and rebuild their lives in the UK. 90% of resettled refugees receiving support from Refugee Action now feel confident about their integration.  

As well as offering direct assistance to asylum seekers and refugees, Refugee Action also advocates for structural improvements in the UK’s asylum system, working with people who have direct experience of it to do so. For instance, their “Lift the Ban” campaigns against restrictions that currently prevent people seeking refugee status from paid employment, which make it difficult for them to gain financial autonomy and integrate into their communities . 

To find out more about their work, visit their website here: https://www.refugee-action.org.uk

International:

Action against Hunger

With 40 years of experience and operations in more than 45 countries, Action Against Hunger is a leader in the global fight against hunger and malnutrition. 

In the wake of natural disasters and conflict, Action Against Hunger is there to offer life-saving emergency aid to local communities and provide them with food, water and proper hygiene facilities; in 2018 teams on the ground in Yemen provided essential medical treatment to over 530,000 and ensured that almost 335,000 people had access to safe water. 

They also seek to tackle the root causes of global hunger, working with national governments and international organisations to promote long-term solutions to widespread malnutrition. Within the United Nations, they have highlighted the relationship between conflict and hunger and advocated for the adoption of Resolution 2417, which condemned the denial of access to humanitarian aid services for civilians and the use of civilian starvation as a strategy of war.

To find out more about their work, visit their website here: https://www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk