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Sponsor Refugees joins Refugee Week partnership
September 5th, 2018
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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 […]

British Museum: 20 objects that tell a refugee story #SimpleActs
August 2nd, 2018
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  To mark 20 years of Refugee Week, in June 2018 the British Museum created a trail of 20 objects from different cultures that tell stories of migration and displacement throughout history. Visitors to the museum were invited to take the trail as part of the British Museum’s Refugee Week 2018 programme, which also included music, film, […]

Aid, Advocacy and Activism: UEA Refugee History series for Refugee Week
July 30th, 2018
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Guest post by Hari Reed, UEA Refugee History The UK’s first Refugee Week took place in 1998. The first World Refugee Day (20thJune) followed shortly afterwards, in 2001. It was also around this time that Britain’s asylum system mutated, via various pieces of legislation, into the one that we know and experience today. It was […]

Freedom to Sing #SimpleActs
July 26th, 2018
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  As part of the 20 Simple Acts campaign for Refugee Week 2018, Music in Detention invited choirs across the UK to sing a song written in immigration detention. The responses was powerful, with at least seven choirs and groups recording covers of songs written in Music in Detention workshops, helping to take the music and […]

20 years of asylum policy
July 13th, 2018
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Guest post by Katie McSherry, Campaign Project Manager North East for Asylum Matters Looking back. Looking forward. 20 years ago our asylum system was more just. We think it can be again. To mark the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week, we look back at policy changes over the past 20 years to show that a more just […]

Surviving the UK asylum system – and becoming an activist for others
July 5th, 2018
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By Veecca Smith Uka, Co-founder of Sisters United and Refugee Week Ambassador I show my presence everywhere in Halifax, my new home city – at the council, at schools, at hospitals. I’ve been in the UK for six years and my passion is to give refugees and asylum seekers the support I never got when […]

Refugee Week 2018: What Next?
June 27th, 2018
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Thank you to everyone who made Refugee Week 2018 such an amazing celebration of everything refugees bring to the UK! The festival may be over, but the movement for the rights of people seeking safety continues – and is more important than ever. Whether it’s through joining a campaign, welcoming refugees in your community or embarking on […]

Biscuit-making with young refugees for #SimpleActs
June 25th, 2018

Guest Post by Leïla Seguin from British Red Cross Young Refugee Service. Leïla also works on Refugee Week at Counterpoints Arts. For Refugee Week 2018 and as part of the #SimpleActs Campaign, we invited Orly Orbach to deliver two gingerbread biscuit-making workshops to young people at British Red Cross RnB Projects In May 2018 I had the […]