Resilience Toolbox: Strategies for coping with pressure in refugee ministry

10 March, Derby. Click here to book your tickets today

Working with refugees and asylum seekers often means helping people in very difficult situations and hearing traumatic, personal stories. Pressure can build quickly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and, if we're not careful, for compassion fatigue to set in.

How do we protect ourselves from burnout? How do we support refugees and asylum seekers who are struggling? 'Resilience Toolbox' will give you tools in self-care and debriefing others to ensure the emotional wellbeing of those involved in refugee ministry.

Our trainers include:

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Dr Debbie Hawker: Debbie is a clinical psychologist. She is a member of the British Psychological Society task force on refugees and asylum seekers. Debbie is author of 7 books, including "Debriefing aid workers and missionaries: a comprehensive manual".







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Marion Knell: Marion is an international speaker and works with an international relocation company as an intercultural trainer. She also consults with the Refugee Highway Partnership on care for refugees and refugee workers and leads trauma response for the EEA. She has developed courses for churches on working with traumatised refugees and sustaining refugee workers. Marion has written two books: “Families on the Move” and “Burn-up or Splashdown – the survival guide to re-entry”.




Partner Churches: £7, Non-partner churches: £40.

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Same House. Different story.

I was returning to a familiar street. The week before I had visited a Kurdish lady and found it so hard to leave her alone. She was lonely, confused and finding it hard to get through each day without fear consuming her. 


A week later I had returned. Her previous housemates had been moved on and a new lady had moved in. Walking along the street all the houses looked the same, but something was different. I reached for the door and laughter echoed through the streets. Was that joy?

Two ladies opened the door in hysterics. For a second I felt confused, but then it hit me. Why am I so surprised you are happy?

I have done many Welcome Box visits but never have I been greeted with contagious laughter. Both ladies were Kurdish and had met 3 days before, I asked them both, "Are you okay?" As they washed their faces with cold water to shake off the laughter, they both replied, "Sorry, we haven’t laughed in so long. We forgot what it felt like and now we can’t stop."


In that moment the strength of fellowship became so real to me. I spent time finding out a bit about each of their lives, where they grew up, where they had moved from. I was offered tea and baklava; the sense of hospitality was incredible. I gave both ladies a Welcome Box and explained what services were available for them to receive support, build friendships, learn new skills and find their place in community.


As we left they waved us off in sync. “Thank you, you make me feel like I exist.”

Even though they had lost everything they still gave their all to welcome and serve me. How incredible. 

This experience was only possible because of the equipping and training I received as a Welcomer. I want to see every refugee welcomed in every city in the UK. We have the opportunity to bring hope to hopeless situations, the chance to bring colour back into empty worlds and help create a bright future for those looking for stability and community. 


Do you want to see lives transformed in your community? You can financially commit to seeing this vision become a reality by donating to our Christmas fund.

Together we can be good news for refugees! 


Eve- Communications Officer and Welcomer.


Imani's Story

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Life became very threatening for *Imani. She was living under constant observation in her country. “It was a matter of life and death” she explains.


Unsure if she would make it from one day to the next she made the brave choice to flee her country. At 20 years old she made her way to the UK. When she arrived she was visited by two Welcomers from the local church. “They took the time to listen to me, I was a stranger but they helped me anyway. Now we are good friends.” 

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Imani was welcomed into the city and invited into community and the local church. "There is a sense of family, people who are like you and me. We are all the same, just from different places." There are many people like Imani all over the UK waiting, behind closed doors, to be noticed, welcomed and befriended.

Throughout the Bible we see Jesus speak truth about the impact of offering welcome to those on the margins of society. " I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." - Matthew 25:35. We have the incredible opportunity and privilege to make a difference to the lives of many people seeking refuge from around the world. 


God loves the refugee and wants to transform their life. We believe we all have a part to play in God's story. This Christmas we are launching You. Me. And the refugee to raise funds to equip church communities to welcome, support and include refugees in the life of their community. In 2018 we want to see 1000 refugees like Imani welcomed into community. We need to raise  £20,000 to bring this vision to life. 

Click here to join in with our vision and donate today. 

Together we can be #GoodNewsForRefugees

*Name changed for confidentiality purposes

Simona's Story


“Since coming to the UK, I have met some beautiful people. They did not know me but they helped me anyway. Over time I formed great friendships with these people and they have made a huge impact on my life."


"I started to go to church not long after I arrived in the UK. In my country, the people are very flamboyant, and church was a huge celebration. I found it hard to find the right church for me in the UK, as it was very different to what I was used to.

I have been going to two churches, and both bring something different to my spiritual growth. I go to one Nigerian church which is fun, and I study the Bible with them in a mid-week group which I really enjoy. A kind couple who had been supporting me took me along to Community Church Derby Both churches have made me feel very welcomed.

When I found out that the church supported refugees it touched me on a personal level. The church accommodates refugees through a translation service. We also sing songs in different languages. This type of energetic celebration reminded me of church back at home.

A lot of people are very empathetic and compassionate. They show it through taking time to talk and engage with me, asking how my week has been and offering prayer. When there is a celebration of a nation or awareness-raising occasion for refugees they talk about it. There is so much happening. I met a lot of new people at church. It's beautiful. I never feel out of place there. I’ve often felt out of place since I came to the country but when I go there I don’t feel out of place. That’s very important to me.”

Simona’s* story reflects the undeniable impact of welcoming and supporting refugees to rebuild their lives and find purpose in their new communities.

Could your church play its part in welcoming refugees? Contact us at We would love to support you on the journey to becoming Good News for Refugees.

*Name changed to protect the identity of individuals

Saadiya's Story*

Saadiya: "My husband was not good. He was 33 years old and I was 17. He insulted me and hated me. He did not like my girls as he wanted boys. I had many problems with my husband. I went to one organisation to ask for help and they refused. My husband was a political member, so they were afraid to help. I tried to make a case against my husband, but it was very difficult to stay in my country with my children...

Emma's Story

Emma's Story

Emma: "Welcoming refugees and asylum seekers is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, but also one of the most challenging. Nobody can prepare you for what the next few moments hold as you’re stood waiting on the doorstep of a stranger, waiting to greet them for the first time with the Welcome Box. Clutching a box full of love, compassion, vulnerability, hope and friendship, I realised the impact I could have on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers...