Prior to setting up Migrateful in June 2017, Jess spent two and a half years working on the front line to support migrants and refugees in Ceuta, Morocco, Dunkirk refugee camp in France, and London. Her work included facilitating a support group for victims of a human trafficking, teaching English, Spanish and French to asylum seekers, and setting up therapeutic English conversation clubs. She also completed the Year Here Fellowship from 2016 to 2017, which gave her the training and network to set up Migrateful. In her first year and a half of setting up Migrateful, Jess was also working at Housing Justice as their Fundraising Development Coordinator.
If we don’t try to change unfair systems – even if it means working with institutions we fundamentally disagree with – are we ignoring the root cause of the problem? It's complicated, says Migrateful founder Jess Thompson.
Social entrepreneur Jess Thompson, recently hospitalised with Covid-19, on how her fear and a sense of powerlessness were brought into sharp relief through conversations with the refugee chefs at Migrateful.