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Refugee Week at Friends House: It’s Time to Create a Culture of Hospitality
May 19th, 2017
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A guest post by Tim Gee Calling all readers, all writers, all thinkers, all artists, all activists, all people of faith and all people without. All people of compassion need to improve the welcome for newcomers – through our projects and by changing government policy. But we are also working for something deeper – to […]

Sing for Refugee Week: A Song and a Musical for Primary Schools
May 18th, 2017
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A guest post by Caroline Hoile I work as a freelance writer and composer of songs and musical plays for primary and early years education. Lots of schools throughout the UK and across the world perform these musicals every year. They’re mostly published by Grumpy Sheep Music. I’ve been increasingly frustrated about the lack of […]

Child Refugees Welcome?
May 17th, 2017
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This is a guest post by Nola Ellen. Child refugees flee war and conflict and their journey to safety can be a long and traumatic. What can we do to ensure they feel safe, welcome and included in our schools? Who are refugees? Where are they from? Where do they go? What kinds of experiences […]

The Secret to Having Difficult Conversations
April 20th, 2017
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A guest post by Arun Devasia, West Midlands Organiser with HOPE not Hate I once had a conversation with a friend of mine who was adamant that “the moon landings were faked”. I hadn’t given the topic too much thought but did acknowledge that there were a minority of people who held this view. When I […]

Refugee Children Invited to Schools for Conversation and Ramadan Feasts
April 19th, 2017
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A guest post by Umair Saeed Knowledge to Action is a British charity and a grassroots educational programme that specialises in character development and community social responsibility for students attending Islamic faith primary and secondary schools across the UK. We work with thousands of students in over 100 schools across the country to set up projects that give […]

Take Part in the Great Get Together this Refugee Week
April 12th, 2017
Take part in the Great Get Together for Refugee Week
We're supporting the national gathering inspired by Jo Cox MP, 16-18 June

Refugee Week is proud to be supporting the Great Get Together, a national celebration inspired by Jo Cox MP on the weekend of 16 – 18 June 2017, that aims to be the biggest display of national unity since the Jubilee parties. Jo was a champion of refugee rights and believed that we have more in common […]

Percy Boynton Cards Supports Refugee Week 2017
April 9th, 2017
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A guest post by Lizzy Holden I started a retirement project a year ago that combined an interest in art, design and photography with a desire to support refugees. I created a range of quality art greetings cards, and I give 50% of profits to the Refugee Council, which is a Refugee Week partner (the […]

Refugee History
February 15th, 2017
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Belgian refugee children waiting for their afternoon tea in London during 1940. Image from the Imperial War Museum archive. A guest post by Dr Kate Ferguson In the winter of 1938 the British parliament debated the question of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Parliament and its MPs could not know what fate awaited Europe’s Jews, indeed […]

Hikayetna Celebrates Refugee Week
January 9th, 2017
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A guest post by Sulaiman Osman, Hikayetna Refugee week 2016 saw many events take place in the UK and beyond. Syrian storytelling project Hikayetna got involved in Hammersmith and Fulham, where we took part in an event called ‘Make a Difference: An Evening for Refugees’. Hikayetna’s participation in Refugee week started on 22 June at the Free Word Centre, which commissioned Amir […]

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Supports Refugee Week
December 13th, 2016
Ben & Jerry's Foundation supports Refugee Week 
New grant will help local activists engage with the media

We’re delighted to announce another reason to love icecream – Refugee Week is now supported by Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. A grant from the Foundation to Counterpoints Arts will be used to give platforms to refugee artists and voices and build the communications capacity of local Refugee Week activists. The project includes a media and social workshop that […]