Hallam’s Charity of the Year 2020: Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum

Posted on 20/12/2019 by Team Hallam

We are delighted to announce we will be supporting Nottingham and Notts Refuge Forum as our 2020 Charity of the Year.

Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum (NNRF) offers advice, support and friendship to Nottingham’s refugees and asylum seekers.

NNRF wlll benefit from Team Hallam’s volunteering, fundraising activity, and digital marketing support.  In particular, Hallam will be supporting the Children and Families  Project.

One significant fund raiser will be Hallam’s Nottingham Digital Summit taking place on 23 June 2020. This charity driven conference is free to attend in return for a donation to the NNRF. In 2019, The Summit raised £20,257 for the Nottingham Samaritans, and in 2018 £15,280 for Framework.

Matt Atkins, NNRF Director said “‘The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum are thrilled to be Hallam’s chosen Charity of the Year for 2020. Both organisations celebrate their 20th anniversaries in 2020 and share values of supporting the local and global community. We are very grateful and look forward to the coming year working together.’

Speaking of the new partnership, Hallam Founder and CEO Susan Hallam commented “We are proud to be committing our  time, fundraising, and digital skills to help transform the lives of refugees in Nottingham, and to give a helping hand to the communities who are supporting them.”

The Panto at Nottingham Playhouse

NNRF Xmas boxes

Part of Hallam’s sponsorship of the Nottingham Playhouse includes the 50:50 appeal, created to donate tickets to charities and community groups.  This Christmas, the tickets were donated to NNRF families to attend the Pantomime.

NNRF Children’s Worker Hannah Ziolek, pictured above left, organised families to attend Sleeping Beauty as part of the 50:50 ticket scheme.

And when Susan dropped by the community centre to share Playhouse goodie bags,, she found Fundraising Manager Olivia Wood and servivce user and volunteer Hakim in the midst of packing up Christmas shoeboxes donations full of presents for all the children given out at the Christmas party for children and families accessing NNRF services.

Who are the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum?

Notitngham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum


The NNRF supports asylum seekers and refugees in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire in gaining just outcomes, rebuilding their lives and integrating into society.

They provide a welcoming community centre, offer professional, impartial advice and support services, and provide programmes to develop confidence, skills and knowledge.

The Children and Families Project aims to reduce social isolation and build stronger social networks among refugee children, young people, and families.

In 2017/18

  • 2,153 clients were supported over the year
  • 182 refugees were helped to resettle by the Specialist Advice Team
  • 6,000 meals served in the community cafe, typically feeding more than 50 people per day at a cost of 20 pence per person.
  • More than 10,000 cups of tea

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