Refugee, Tenant & Learner Stories

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Refugee, Tenant & Learner Stories

Real Refugee Stories

Imagine being forced to leave your home country, to drop all your plans and start again somewhere entirely new. This is the reality for the thousands of refugees who have arrived in the UK over the last few years. But despite being displaced in unfamiliar surroundings, the people we’ve worked with have shown us time and again that they have the tenacity and ambition to start a new life in the UK: learning English, taking courses, and finding jobs.

Below are real stories of successful refugee integration in Britain; people who, with the right training and support, have settled and rebuilt their lives here in the UK – or forged a career helping others to do the same.

Ahmad's Story

Coming to the UK from Syria, Ahmad has been with ACH since November 2016, receiving much-needed guidance and support offered by our Birmingham Support Team.

Nicola's Story

Nicola went from being stuck in a dead-end job with no future career prospects, to working for a company where she can change her future and build a career with thanks to our Careers Team in Bristol.

Fartun's Story

Fartun has completed two courses with ACH/Himilo and has also been a volunteer at our weekly Job Club since September 2018. Her confidence has increased massively and she has gained the skills needed to have recently been offered a full-time job.

Myrielle's Story

Myrielle recently took part in our Barista course in Birmingham. After completing the course and having her interview with local coffee shop, Diplomats, Myrielle was offered a part-time position as a Barista. Read her full story here.

Rehman's Story

Rehman moved from Pakistan to the UK just over a year ago and has recently had a reunion with his family. He came to the UK with skills, but a language barrier. Now he is working on his language and has his own home with his family. He hopes to start applying for jobs soon.

Sardar's Story

Sardar has been living in the UK for the past two and half years and in that time he has achieved so much. Through Himilo courses Sardar has gained confidence and English language skills, enabling him to find employment.

Lina's story

Originally from Syria, Lina came to the UK two years ago and has received support from ACH Birmingham over the past 4 months.

Mohammed's Story

Originally from Sudan, Mohammed first moved to Bristol in January 2015. He had a friend who was also living in Bristol; however, when he did move here his friend left for London, leaving Mohammed feeling alone in a new city.

Mohammed's story

Moving to Wolverhampton as a refugee, Mohammed met some friends who suggested for him to contact ACH. ACH helped Mohammed with a variety of different things when he arrived in the UK. Firstly, Mohammed was given a house to live in.

Watch: three inspirational stories of refugees in Britain