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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 […]

British Museum: 20 objects that tell a refugee story #SimpleActs
August 2nd, 2018

  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

  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

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

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 […]