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 support to newcomers to the UK.
Your responses were amazing.
You shared messages of welcome at your schools, workplaces and on your front doors. You wrote poems and shared cake and played football and learned songs written by people who couldn’t be there to sing them. You redefined the word ‘refuge’ and learned how to say ‘welcome’ in many different languages. And through books, films and uncovering hidden histories, you heard (and told) a different story about refugees.
Over 2,000 people used the #SimpleActs hashtag nearly 4,000 times in June 2018…
Below are just a few examples of your Simple Acts.
At least seven choirs and groups responded to Music In Detention’s call to learn a song written in immigration detention. Music In Detention were so inspired they gathered the recordings into a special collection called ‘Freedom to Sing’, which you can listen to on their website.
Voices from the UK, France, Australia, Libya, Germany, Syria and the Congo took part our #SINGABlabla language café for #RefugeeWeek2018. We loved the experience of practising a new language + sharing stories about our different cultures. This is connection. These are #SimpleActs
My favourite quote, ‘I can let our audience know that we're human beings. We deserve rights. We need girlfriends and boyfriends and friends like everyone else. An education, good jobs and bright futures like everyone else. No one is illegal’. #SimpleActs@RefugeeWeek