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6 Ways to Get Involved in Refugee Week 2017
June 9th, 2017

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary. The 2017 festival is 19 – 25 June (kicking off with the Great Get Together 16 – 18 June) and celebrates Our Shared Future. Here are six ways you can get involved: 1. Attend a […]

Refugee Week Ireland: Exploring Art and Activism
June 8th, 2017
Firestation 2

Refugee Week 2017 will see an expanded programme of arts events taking place in Ireland. Helen Carey, Director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, shares their plans for the week in this guest blog post: Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and […]

Everyday People: A Song for Schools by Young Refugees
June 7th, 2017
(c) Music Action International

Remember ‘Everyday People’ by Sly & the Family Stone? Yes, that one. It’s back, thanks to a group of young refugees and asylum seekers who have rewritten it with their own message of peace and unity – and they want you to sing it with them this Refugee Week. The group, ‘Everyday People: LDN’, is a project by Guardian award-winning […]

UNISON East Midlands Celebrates Refugee Week 2017
June 2nd, 2017
UNISON East Mids

A guest post by Cathy Symes, Area Organiser for UNISON East Midlands UNISON in the East Midlands has almost 100,0000 members in over 70 branches. It is our intention to encourage our members and Branches to take part in Refugee Week by providing them with the links available on the Refugee Week website and sending […]

Refugee Week and Ramadan
May 30th, 2017

Refugee Week happens every year from Monday to the Sunday around World Refugee Day, which is 20 June. This means that Refugee Week will again coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan this year. Refugee Week is a time for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together to celebrate what we share, and we sincerely regret if […]

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

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

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
Arun workshop

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
Knowledge to Action 1

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 […]