Welcome to Salusbury World!
We work with refugee and migrant families helping children, young people and parents to realise their rights and potential.
We’re the only school-based refugee charity in the UK so we are uniquely placed to work with whole families.
Our work is effective because our services are joined up to provide integrated educational, social and practical support.
Asylum from conflict and persecution is a universal human right. So are education, family life, adequate living standards and social participation. All children have rights to play and recreation, as well as the active promotion of their full growth and development.
We envisage a future in which schools and communities across the UK work together to protect, fulfil and foster respect for these rights, ensuring that all migrants are welcomed wholeheartedly and empowered to settle, thrive and participate in all areas of society.
Our mission is to support and empower refugee and migrant children, young people and families to overcome obstacles, realise their rights and potential and participate fully in society.
We promote and encourage the development of human capabilities.
We listen to people, help solve problems and encourage success.
We give people tools to claim their rights and to support themselves, their families and their communities.
We work with the whole person and the whole family.
Our services are joined up to promote community cohesion and development.
We promote socially and ecologically sustainable livelihoods and communities.
We have plans to spread our knowledge and impact as widely as possible through other schools and communities across the UK.
Salusbury WORLD was founded in 1999 in response to high numbers of newly-arrived families from Kosovo and Albania who were being housed and schooled in Brent. Funded by a lottery grant, the aim was to provide vital extra support for these families, many of whom had experienced trauma, long journeys to the UK, and living in temporary accommodation.
We rely on the generosity of individuals, trusts, foundations and companies to enable our work to continue.
Current supporters include:
Children in Need
John Lyon's Charity
Queens Park Residents' Association
Salusbury World costs £300,000 per annum to run. Our funds are spent on…
- Mentor training and supervision
- Holiday clubs
- After school clubs
- One to one advice and advocacy
- Classes, workshops and film club for adults
- Cultural excursions for adults and children
- Life skills training for adults and teenagers
- Volunteering and work experience opportunities for adults and teenagers
- Cycling proficiency for adults and children
- Special drama, art and other creative projects for adults and teenagers
These services and programmes are delivered by 10 full time or part time professionals with the help of over 100 specially trained volunteers.
Salusbury World created and supports Spice Caravan a community catering enterprise that offers a unique engaging employment opportunity for our local community.
Salusbury World receives no government or local authority support. We are totally reliant on the generosity of our supporters, and on Charitable Trusts and Foundations.
Sarah trained as a primary teacher and worked in inner London schools before a stint in Chile where she set up and ran an education consultancy. She also enjoys having opinions on almost anything, but particularly cycling, the environment and human rights.
Project Manager, Salusbury World at Capital City Academy
Lucy is Salusbury World’s Project Manager at Capital City Academy and our Volunteer Recruitment Manager. For many years, she worked in the EAL department at Salusbury Primary School and before that, as a solicitor. She is a lay member of the Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board. In her spare time, she likes to run and read (not at the same time).
Mentoring Coordinator, Salusbury World at Capital City Academy
Before joining Salusbury World, Dan worked extensively in politics, including as a parliamentary researcher to one MP and as a constituency organiser for another. He has also worked for the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority as a project manager and fundraiser. His experience in education includes volunteering at primary school level and working as a Salusbury World mentor with both child and adult refugees. In October 2015 and again in 2016 he organised an aid run to Calais and other refugee camps in the surrounding area.
Project Manager, Salusbury World at Queens Park Community School
Violeta began working with refugees as an interpreter, by chance, whilst studying languages. She has worked in numerous statutory and voluntary settings in the UK & abroad, supporting refugees and asylum seekers. These have included international NGOs (UNHCR, Refugee Council) as well as in mental health provisions such as the Tavistock Clinic. Violeta has a Post-graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy and an MA in Refugee Care. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walks with her dog and she loves ‘Swing Train’.
Family Advice Worker
Alexa is a family advice worker with an 18 year background in education, both in management and in teaching. Throughout her career, she has worked with refugees in a variety of projects and roles. She dances, travels and takes a few photos when inspired.
Family Advice Worker
Lucy began volunteering with the Advice Project in November 2015, and is now a Family Advice Worker meeting with around 30 clients a month. She occasionally assists with the holiday clubs, and by virtue of her (youngish) age is also the unofficial social media guru and IT troubleshooter of Salusbury World.
Irena runs the after school and holiday clubs. She got involved with Salusbury WORLD as a volunteer. And never left. She has an MA in Fine Arts and Education and level 3 NVQ in Playwork. For several years she has been working as a figurative painter and had a privilege to exhibit with the best British artists and to win an award for the most promising young painter. Currently she is also developing her own fine jewellery brand.
Aynur has over 20 years experience in working with refugee families. She is a professionally qualified ESOL teacher and passionate about empowering refugees through access to English. Her interests include reading and travelling.
Yasmin is the same age as Salusbury World! She has gone from a child at the after-school and holiday clubs to now, an employee at the charity. She is a Law and Politics graduate and is passionate about migrants' rights and anti-racism.
Salusbury World at Queens Park Community School
Chair of Trustees
Gillian is a teacher at Salusbury Primary School. Previously she worked for a small start-up business helping it to grow into a successful training and conference business. Gillian particularly enjoyed working with young people on a British Council Global Changemaker project, bringing together young social entrepreneurs from around the globe.
As a Trustee Gillian brings her expertise in helping small organisations to grow as well as being a conduit to the teaching community which surrounds Salusbury World.
Gillian’s diverse interests are as diverse as her career including swimming, basketball, film & theatre.
After a career in office management Hilary now works part time at a local secondary school whilst being actively involved in various local community groups. She has three children who have all been enriched from having Salusbury World based in their primary school.
Hilary has a huge network of local contacts, which means she has a vital role in fundraising, events and communications for the charity.
With boundless energy Hilary is a year round outdoor swimmer, bridge novice, tennis player and has been know to do the odd spot of DJing.
Fatima has been a parent at Salusbury Primary School for many years. She fled from Iran with her young son so has first hand experience of the challenges faced as a refugee arriving in the UK. As a Trustee Fatima is a valued advisor on refugee issues from the perspective of both children and parents.
She is currently an Airport Security Officer, and when not at work, Fatima frequently volunteers as an interpreter/assistant advisor, and has an amazing talent for Iranian cookery.
David has been a Trustee and actively involved with Salusbury World since its inception in 1999. His knowledge of the charity’s growth and development brings an invaluable perspective to the board of Trustees.
David is a consultant and teacher of numeracy to adults. He has significant experience of working with adults from diverse groups and of the voluntary sector, and he is currently Chair of the charity Adults Learning Mathematics.
David has lived in Kilburn all his life where he is a committed community and political activist, but finds time to travel the country with his partner Doris to enjoy folk music festivals.
Tom has been a parent of children at Salusbury Primary School where he has seen the charity in action over the years. He has been a mentor with Salusbury World for 4 years so has deep insight into the impact of mentoring on refugee children, and finds it an incredibly rewarding experience. Whilst being a solicitor for almost 30 years, his passion is for reading and latterly poetry.
Tom is the driving force behind our events programme designed to raise the profile of the wide ranging issues which concern refugees, and he’s recently brought his interests to life with a series of literary and cultural events.
Holta was one of the first children to benefit from the support of Salusbury World when the charity opened in 1999. With the help of the charity, she was able to learn English and swiftly settle in England. Since then, she has gone on to graduate in Law from the University of Sussex and has forged a successful career as a legal headhunter.
Holta’s contribution based on her first hand experience is extremely useful in advising the future direction of the charity’s services.
Outside of work and the charity Holta’s other interests include theatre, art and boxing.
Viviana is a Class Teacher at Salusbury Primary School, where she is also a teaching mentor and the English lead. Viviana first became more involved in refugee interests during her second year of teaching, when, with her class, she won the Simple Acts Banner Competition in 2010.
As a Trustee, Viviana sees her role as linking Salusbury World’s activities to the benefit of all within her school, and maintaining the profile of refugee issues within the community.
Viviana’s interests include medieval English poetry, fell walking and cooking.
Kathy Van de Vate