Tim Holtam: helping refugees to integrate into the community
Tim Holtam (CF 2018) from Brighton in East Sussex is the founding director of the Brighton Table Tennis Club.
Tim will use his grant to set up a programme of support to help refugees and asylum seekers integrate into the community Refugees are some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in communities and have been affected by issues such as loneliness and isolation as a result of the pandemic. Tim will work with local refugee organisations including The Refugee Council and social services to deliver weekly coached table tennis sessions at the Brighton Table Tennis Club and integrate refugees with other members of the community. He will also work with The Real Junk Food Project Brighton to provide food. Tim hopes that this will provide a friendly environment where they can meet new people, practise their English and receive information about other community activities and services, with a positive impact on their social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Tim’s Fellowship to Italy, Jordan and the Netherlands in 2018 explored refugee and community integration through sport. It was supported by The Linbury Trust.