With an intuitive nature and over 15 years front line experience working with refugee children and other minority ethnic children, Nola has skilfully transformed her practice based knowledge into a series of dynamic workshops that aim to educate and inspire positive change.
Nola is an experienced, professional and insightful educator and trainer, she draws on her extensive of experience working within the refugee sector in the UK alongside her experience working with children and families in refugee camps in Europe, Jordan and Lebanon. She uses the stories of refugee children from her practice to build understanding, compassion and empathy among her audience. Her sessions inspire both cognitive and behavioural change, often leading to positive social action and more inclusive practices.
Nola's sessions feature children's voices throughout. We hear; why they came to the UK, what the journey was like and how life in the UK has been. Nola regularly seeks feedback and engages people from the refugee community to peer review and further develop the content of her sessions.
Participants leave her session feeling better informed and with their eyes, hearts and minds opened, feeling inspired to do their part in ensuring their schools, communities, services and settings are welcoming, empowering and inclusive for all.
Nola will consult with you about the specific learning needs of the group and will build the workshop or presentation content accordingly.
For more information or to book, please contact Nola.
Schools and groups also have the opportunity to get involved in Hearts and Hopes, an intercultural child voice project which inspires local children to connect and stand in solidarity with refugee children living near and far. Visit children's messages of welcome and solidarity here.
Nola is proud to be part of the City of Sanctuary and Schools of Sanctuary Movement and can advise schools on this award.
For resources ideas for schools and World Refugee Week activities, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
"Nola gave an inspiring and insightful presentation at the Beyond Borders conference. Her passion and care for the subject is infectious. She speaks with such compassion about the subject that she is so knowledgeable about. I can't recommend
The West Yorkshire Playhouse
"Sheffield EAL New Arrivals team asked Nola to do a presentation on the needs of Refugee Children at one of our New Arrival Roma workshop events.
It was lovely to meet Nola and to hear her sensitive and well informed talk. She obviously has the skills and experience to give advice, training and children's awareness sessions in this area. I look forward to seeing more of her in the future. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Nola."
Val Huzzard EAL and EMA Consultant, Sheffield City Council
Nola offers practice based refugee awareness workshops and bespoke child refugee awareness training and talks nationally and overseas to:
Children, young people and staff in schools and youth settings
College and university students
Professionals and organisations working with children and communities (universal and targeted)
Parents, carers social workers and fostering teams
Actors, artists, writers, creative directors and journalists
Community and civic society groups and NGO's
Organisations that provide services for refugee communities
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Part 2 of 3
World Refugee Week in June
Nola is exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic about equality for refugees. I would recommend this session to children and staff in ALL schools!”
Deputy Head, Secondary School
"It has left me speechless, I have thought how lucky
I really am" Child
"You have helped enormously in my character development for this role, thank you."
To book workshops for World Refugee Week, please contact me
Refugee voices, stories and short films
For a list of classroom resources click here
Musical resources for primary schools by Grumpy Sheep
Nola Ellen's top book recommendation:
The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy's
Journey of Escape to A New Life in Britain
by Gulwali Passarlay
Other Useful Links