Separated child Gulwali Passarlay, who fled Afghanistan aged 12, was chosen to carry Olympic Torch in Bolton, now aged 17.

Our News: April to June 2009Our News: April to June 2009

Written All Over Our History
28 June 2009

Subtitled 'refugees and the Jewish tradition', this article explores displacement as a theme in Jewish experience and traditional Jewish ideas that a society should treat newcomers with compassion and dignity. It was written by Separated Child Foundation Trustee Angela Gluck and published in the 2009 edition of the Quest journal. If you'd like an electronic copy of the article, write to

26 June 2009

The volunteers working on our Arrival Packs project are 'desperately seeking storage' no more since Big Yellow Self Storage came to the rescue with the generous offer of spaces to store, sort and pack the items that the Arrival Packs contain. There's even enough room to hold the Arrival Packs that are ready to be delivered. Problem sorted!

Cuddly Kittens
24 June 2009

Chloe Lander, one of our ardent supporters, has four cuddly kittens and would like to find them good homes, for a donation to The Separated Child Foundation. They've already started to wean and will be ready to leave home by early July. If you're interested, get in touch at and we'll send photos to help you make up your mind! We can even deliver the kittens within the West Sussex and London areas.

Cat's Cycling Challenge
6 June 2009

"In memory of my dear friend Ester Gluck," writes Cat Grigg, "and to support The Separated Child Foundation, I'm getting my rusty bike out of the shed and setting myself a cycling challenge. I'm planning to cycle from my house to Dam Flask (a reservoir), all the way around it then back again, all in all about 13-14 miles. It may not seem like very far to you but believe me when I say I have some work to do to get out there! For a start, my confidence on the roads and hills in Sheffield needs to improve, as do my fitness levels!"

Cat's first challenge was to set up her charity page for us on justgiving, a secure way of making donations. Cat beat that challenge and we have no doubt that she'll beat the cycling challenge, too.


Congratulations to Catherine who completed her cycling challenge - and in torrential rain, as well - and many thanks for the sponsorship money that she raised!

More Arrival Packs arrive, this time in Croydon
4 June 2009

Our latest partnership is with Croydon, the local authority that supports the greatest number of separated children and young people in Britain and has out-of-hours staff to receive new arrivals. Trustee Angela Gluck and volunteer Rima Salahié delivered the first batch of Arrival Packs to Croydon's Unaccompanied Minors Team, who said, "Thank you for the packs. They're a brilliant idea and certainly of a high quality. The young people have only the clothes they stand in when they arrive at the Home Office to claim asylum. We'll be using the packs straight away."

Continuing support for a youth activities worker at the Refugee Council
21 May 2009

We're delighted that the Refugee Council is committed to offering separated children and young people a range of social, cultural and educational activities. There is a very full programme that really enhances their day-to-day lives and their life-chances in the future. Separated Child Foundation Trustees have extended funding for the post of a youth activities worker, at least until the end of March 2010, and are also funding interpreters' fees and volunteers' travel expenses.

All to play for!
8 May 2009

When visiting a residential centre in Hillingdon, it was great to see its large outdoor space that's perfect for ball games. All it needed was some more sports equipment for the separated children and young people who live there. So we're delighted to be able to help.

Separated Child Foundation volunteers Rima and Vesna have delivered a range of bats and balls, stumps and shuttlecocks, for badminton, baseball, cricket, football and tennis, as well as skipping ropes and juggling balls. We hope there's something there for everyone.

WALKING ON SUNSHINE: sunrise yoga, with Marcus Freed
8 April 2009 

Venue: LSJS, 44a Albert Road, London NW4 2SJ

6.00 - 7.30 am, Wednesday 8 April 2009

By reservation only:

Cost: pay what you can (suggested donation of £10); all proceeds to The Separated Child Foundation.

'Walking On Sunshine' will be an ultimate yoga experience. Birkat HaChamah, the Blessing of the Sun, is a Jewish event that occurs only once every 28 years. Tradition teaches that the sun returns to the same position it was on the day of creation... and we're going to celebrate it. We'll learn about this enigmatic festival, bless the sun and move through 28 powerful sun salutations! This Vinyasa yoga class will be dynamic and energising, leaving you feeling uplifted. Suitable for people who've done yoga before (or brave beginners with great stamina). Please wear appropriate clothing and get ready to greet the sun.

The Separated Child Foundation warmly thanks Marcus Freed for initiating and facilitating this event, and Dr Raphael Zarum for opening the LSJS extra early for this occasion.

Marcus J Freed is a performer, writer and Bibliyogi. A regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 2, he trained with Edward Clark (Tripsichore Yoga) and Elizabeth Connolly (Yogafarm) and has studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar ('Brovenders'), Birmingham University (BA), London University (MA) and Webber Douglas Academy for Dramatic Art. He started developing Bibliyoga several years ago to explore ways of discovering embodied spirituality, connecting with authentic Judaism through yoga.