Counterpoints Arts is recruiting a number of Refugee Week Ambassadors to help raise awareness about refugee experiences and promote positive attitudes to refugees for Refugee Week (18-24 June 2018).

If you are a refugee or asylum seeker, passionate about changing public attitudes to refugees, interested in free media training and can commit to at least two meetings or training sessions in London between March and June 2018 (expenses paid) then this could be an opportunity for you.

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary. It is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

Refugee Week has an annual media reach of millions and is a platform for people who are refugees to share their experiences and reflections.

Click here for some examples of media stories from previous Refugee Weeks.



What is a Refugee Week Ambassador?

This is an exciting opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers to receive free training and mentoring in public speaking, engaging the media or blogging/ using social media, with the aim of promoting positive attitudes towards refugees.

Refugee Week Ambassadors will be supported to do media interviews, speak at events or do their own storytelling (e.g. through blogs/ social media) about refugee experiences, in the run up to and during Refugee Week (18-24 June 2018).

Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to input into Refugee Week media strategy discussions.    



Why should I apply?

By becoming a Refugee Week Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to develop networks with key national organisations working on refugee rights.

Depending on the training that you choose to undertake, you will also have the opportunity to do one or more of the following:

• Build your confidence in public speaking
• Develop skills and confidence in doing media interviews
• Learn how to tell your/ your community’s story in an engaging way
• Develop your blogging/ social media skills


Is it for me?

We are looking for people who:

• Have claimed or are claiming asylum in the UK
• Are passionate about promoting positive attitudes to refugees
• Have a good level of spoken English
• Can commit to at least two meetings or training sessions in London between March and June 2018 (expenses paid)


How do I apply?

Complete this application form (click link to download) and return it to by Friday 30 March 2018, or email Emily to arrange to discuss the questions by phone.

You can also contact Emily to find out more about the role and discuss whether it is for you.

This is a pilot project for 2018, which we hope to expand in the future. We cannot guarantee all applicants a place, but will keep you informed of future opportunities.


We look forward to hearing from you!