Refugee tenants

Inspirational 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.

Below are stories from people who we have had the pleasure of working with and have since settled and rebuilt their lives here in the UK – or forged a career helping others to do the same.

Winny's Story

After hearing about ACH’s business support from her friends, we were delighted to welcome Winny on board the support scheme in May 2022. Two months on, and we couldn’t be happier for Winny who has recently opened her very own shop selling African clothing in Bristol.

Mohamad's Story

After Mohamad came to the UK from Syria through Birmingham City Council’s SVPRS programme, he had the opportunity to work with ACH. We supported Mohamad through our employment and careers service, and with our fantastic Employment Coach Lina’s assistance he applied for various positions.

Hassan and Adam's Story

Hassan and Adam are cousins, both living in ACH supported housing after fleeing a dangerous situation in Sudan and both are passionate about achieving their dreams in the UK.

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.