About Rethink Rebuild Society
Rethink Rebuild Society (RR) is a Manchester-based charity that works towards improving the lives of Syrians in the UK by helping them become positively integrated within British society. RR provides a range of support including advocacy, ESOL classes, job search, professional seminars and events to help tackle issues of joblessness and isolation to improve the quality of life of Syrian refugees. In addition to this, RR uses cultural events to celebrate Syrian and refugee heritage, challenging misconceptions and promoting the aspirations of refugees in Manchester. Some of the community-based themes to our work include:
• Refugee support: In response to the growing number of Syrian refugees to the UK, RR runs an advice service that provides support with immigration and integration matters, thus working to improve the economic and social well-being of the UK’s Syrian residents and helping them to become self-reliant within Britain.
• Social gatherings: RR brings the British Syrian community together during these difficult times experienced in their mother country to help overcome the social isolation experienced by many.
• Monthly seminars and movie screenings: We are heavily invested in stimulating debate and discussion within the Syrian and British communities. Our monthly seminars and movie nights address issues pertaining to immigration, pluralism, and democratic participation and allow for constructive discussion and debate between people of all backgrounds.
• Annual Syrian day: Our annual 'Syrian Fun Day' is a celebration of Syrian heritage that brings together thousands of people (both Syrian and non-Syrian) from all over the UK. This event is widely attended by guests and dignitaries from across the Manchester community and from all backgrounds to experience Syrian culture and to explore Syrian performances, literature, souvenirs, and more.
• Human Rights: In furtherance of the above work, RR strives to raise awareness on issues related to refugees and other immigrants within the British landscape through work on policy and media.