Previous Projects


The KEY had been specially created as a tool for young people. The name of the project – KEY stands for Knowledge Empowers You and that is exactly the aim – to empower and to give options in world full of challenges for young people.The core of the project was psychological wellbeing workshops and it provided balanced programme of activities that developed the whole person-mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team working. KEY focused on what is good and positive, trying to emphasise on it, to inspire the young people, using their own talents. The Evelyn Oldfield Unit ran this project with shared values of collaboration and participation at the core. KEY was  funded by BBC Children in Need.

Activities included:

  • Psychological wellbeing workshops
  • Sports activities
  • Music classes
  • Art activities
  • Education and career advice
  • Social event

We are passionate to help develop the potential of young people by unleashing their strengths, creativity and confidence and we aim to make a difference to their life.

Building the Big Society: Refugee & Migrants Engagement Programme

This is a Big Lottery funded volunteering programme, run by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit.
The aim is to support more people from BAMER backgrounds to access local and meaningful volunteering opportunities, where they are able to share their talents & skills to the local community through volunteering, while at the same time, develop new skills and experiences that will increase their own job and life prospects.

The Unit works alongside local borough-based networks and forums to:


    1. Support volunteer-involving organisations through a network – Refugee, Migrants & BME community organisations work alongside mainstream organisations and volunteers to develop good practice and provide a ‘think-tank’ to create sustainable and high impact volunteering projects locally.
    2. Volunteer Bank – A bespoke volunteer brokerage service tailored fit to refugees and migrants, maximising their skills to benefit the community, whilst enhancing their life/job prospects.
    3. Support for Trustees – Training more local refugee & migrants to share high level / strategic skills as mentors or trustees and enable local charities to navigate through this challenging times.
    4. Volunteers Sharing Scheme – Developing links and sharing of expertise between mainstream voluntary organisations and RMCOs by swapping volunteers as experience building placements.
    5. Building good practice – Pooling together of resources and sharing of expertise through creation of volunteering guides, templates, toolkits specifically tailored by/for RMCOs.


If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at evelyn@localhost or give us a call on 020 7697 4100.


Community Impact Project

The Community Impact Project supported RMCOs and the wider voluntary and community sector to identify better ways to work together to reach and benefit refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant communities- especially those at most risk of exclusion.

The programme of activities included training, workshops, support, and collaborative events on key themes:

  • Partnership work and closer working practices
  • Extending reach and focusing on expertise
  • Evaluating impact
  • Research
  • Strategic development
  • Fundraising communication skills
  • Prioritising services under pressure
  • Developing engagement with “harder to reach” & communities


Leaders Together Mentoring Project

Leaders Together was a mentoring scheme that the Evelyn Oldfield Unit ran in partnership with TimeBank. The project aimed to increase the capacity of RCOs by tapping into the knowledge of mainstream voluntary sector organisations. Leaders of RCOs were matched in one-to-one mentoring relationships with senior professionals from the voluntary sector in order to help them develop new skills, enhance networking opportunities, realise their organisation’s full potential and establish new links with mainstream services.

Leaders Together is now entirely managed by TimeBank, who are still keen to involve RMCO’s in their scheme. So if you are a leader of a small charity or community group and you want an extra support, let’s check for further details of how your RMCO can access the Leaders Together programme. Ring Diya on 0207 785 6395 or email her at

Capacity Builders Project

Capacity Builder took the name and was funded by the the non-departmental public body which has till recently offered support to the voluntary sector. The project had the aim to support frontline Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations to access high quality generalist capacity building support through: one to one sessions, training, partnership development, information and advice and through harnessing and developing links with a range of mainstream organisations. Areas of capacity building we worked included:

    • Policy development
    • Project planning
    • Volunteer management
    • Fundraising
    • Equality and diversity issues
    • Joint working initiatives, with other RMCO’s and mainstream organisations
    • Making links with local decision makers

Refugee Stories Project

The Refugee Stories Project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and City Parochial Foundation (now Trust for London). It followed on from the award winning Refugee Communities History Project which ran in partnership with Evelyn Oldfield Unit, Museum of London, London Metropolitan University and 15 Refugee Community Organisations and was funded by Trust for London and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In the initial project, each RCO hosted and supported a fieldworker employed to work with their community. The project collected over 150 in depth oral history interviews with refugees from the 15 communities it worked with. The resulting collection of interviews, archived at the Museum of London, constitute an extraordinary and unrivalled collection of testimony based material on the subject of refugees in the UK. In addition, the project has produced a variety of resources based upon the material collected including a website: (, a learning resource for teachers designed for KS3 Citizenship, History, Geography and English subjects, (available to download via the website) a short film collection and a mobile exhibition.

EOU has a limited number of Refugee Stories project resources to offer to schools, charities and public libraries, including “Refugee Stories” films on DVD and the multimedia learning resource childhood landscapes.