Esme Madill, Refugee Action York

Esme Madill, born in 1966, lived in York for nineteen years (1999-2018). A passionate campaigner on behalf of refugees she co- founded Refugee Action York in 2002. RAY has had a huge impact on the lives of asylum seekers in the city. Esme said: “I was drawn to working with refugees and asylum seekers because […]

Yvonne Copley, Founder of Kyra

Yvonne Copley is the Executive Director and founder of Kyra, an organisation run for women by women in York which provides a safe, supportive haven without judgement or expectations. Yvonne led the establishment of Kyra in 2015. Working in a high-profile role in the prison rehabilitation service and as a volunteer with Samaritans in York, […]