(c) Ambrose Musiyiwa, CivicLeicester

On 12 February 2018, over 250 people from across the UK gathered to share ideas and inspiration in preparation for the special 20th anniversary edition of Refugee Week (18-24 June 2018).

Below are notes and resources from the six workshops that were held during the conference.

For more details and visuals from the day see:


1. Understanding your impact and evaluating for success – Miranda Lewis, m2 Consultants

Evaluation workshop

Workshop notes

2. Stop press! Engaging the media – Niall Mann, IMiX

Media workshop

Refugee Week press release template and tips

3. Reaching new audiences – Emma Blackman, Theatre Delicatessen and Kerry Tuhill, Action Factory Community Arts

Reaching new audiences workshop

Workshop notes

4. “I much prefer roasted rat”: Engaging children in refugee experiences – Josie Stevens, Hackney Museum, Eithne Nightingale Child Migrant Stories and Maurice Nwokeji, musician and storyteller

Roasted rat

Workshop notes

Further links:

Child Migrant Stories website

Child Migrant Stories learning resources

Ugwumpiti film, telling Maurice Nwokeji’s story 

More Child Migrant Stories films

5. Good practice: How to work in collaboration with lived-experience groups – Kolbassia Haoussou and colleagues, Survivors Speak OUT


Workshop notes

Further links:

How to work with refugees as activists, post-conference blog post by Survivors Speak Out

6. Having difficult conversations – Tom Godwin, HOPE not hate

Difficult conversations workshop

Workshop notes

Further links:

What is confirmation bias?, Shahdom Heshmat PhD, Psychology Today

Why facts don’t change our minds Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

What storytelling does to our brainsLeo Widrich