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Meet Our New Refugee Week Leaders
February 8th, 2019
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Over the past few years, we have been reflecting on what more we can do to ensure that people with lived experience of displacement are at the heart and forefront of Refugee Week. In October 2018 we were thrilled to receive funding from Ben and Jerry’s Foundation for a new Refugee Week Leadership Project, which will support […]

The Friend Ship HumaniTea party project
January 3rd, 2019

Guest post by Emma Skeet, Friendship Arts Projects I travelled to Athens in 2016 with two artist friends, wanting to show support for the thousands of refugees stranded there on their journey trying to find a safe place to live. It was one of those choices which shaped the story of my life. Having watched […]

Pop-up cafes for Refugee Week: Chorleywood4Refugees’ story
December 14th, 2018

Guest post by Brian Donnelly, Chorleywood4Refugees For the last three Refugee Weeks, the Chorleywood4Refugees Voluntary Group has operated a Pop-up Cafe at their local railway station, which is on the Metropolitan Line between Aldgate and Amersham. Like most small stations, this one does not have a cafe of its own, but even if it does, […]

Refugee Week Conference 2019: Booking now open
November 14th, 2018

Join us for one of two national Refugee Week Conferences in February to get inspired, excited and prepared for Refugee Week 2019 (17-23 June). After years of struggling to fit everyone in, we are delighted to be holding TWO Refugee Week conferences for the first time for 2019. The Conferences are free but spaces are […]

Theme of Refugee Week 2019
November 14th, 2018
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You, me and those who came before #Generations This Refugee Week we invite you to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history. The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who […]

Opportunity: Refugee Week leadership project (paid internship/ expenses)
November 7th, 2018
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Are you passionate about changing public attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers? Do you want to develop your leadership potential in the field of refugee rights, media, education or the arts and social change? Do you have experience starting or managing a project (as a job or in your free time)? Are you from a refugee background? Counterpoints Arts are inviting applications […]

Opportunity: Extra support for local Refugee Week networks
October 4th, 2018

Are you part of a group or network that helps to organise Refugee Week in your town or city? Would you like some extra support in the run up to Refugee Week 2019? As part of a new project funded by Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, Refugee Week UK Coordinator Counterpoints Arts is offering local Refugee […]

Sponsor Refugees joins Refugee Week partnership
September 5th, 2018

We are delighted to announce Refugee Week’s latest national partner, Sponsor Refugees. Sponsor Refugees is the Citizens UK Foundation for community sponsorship of refugees, placing civil society at the heart of the refugees welcome movement. It promotes community sponsorship across the UK and supports groups through the community sponsorship process. To find out more about Sponsor Refugees, visit their […]

20 #SimpleActs roundup
August 8th, 2018
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To mark 20 years of Refugee Week, we invited you to do one of 20 Simple Acts to ‘help change the way we see refugees, and ourselves’. We hoped that by each doing something small, together we could help make new connections in our communities, gain a better understanding of refugee experiences and show solidarity and […]

Breaking Barriers do #SimpleActs
August 3rd, 2018
Simple Act number 8: Bake a Cake. Our amazing volunteers baked cakes which were shared between the team and clients at our Advice & Guidance centres in Hoxton and Clapham

The charity Breaking Barriers celebrated 20 years of Refugee Week by completing every single on of our 20  Simple Acts! Their communications lead Isabel Buruma writes:   It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. – Honore de Balzac We joined in on the celebrations by participating in Refugee Week’s 20 […]