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Refugee Week is coordinated by Counterpoints Arts, a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change.

Its mission is to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture.


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The National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union, bringing together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders in schools and colleges across the UK.

The NEU was founded in 2017 following the merger of the NUT and ATL unions.


The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. The BRC is part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

It enables vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, it helps them to recover and move on with their lives.


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The UN Refugee Agency was established in 1950 to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.


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Refugee Action supports refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. They give expert advice and guidance to those struggling to navigate the failing and unfair asylum system. They help those with refugee status settle into their new homes and communities, as well as campaigning for refugees’ rights.


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The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. They not only give direct help and support, but also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.


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Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to providing advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. They also provide specialist services in areas such as housing and welfare, education and employment, family reunion, women’s issues, community development, the media and the arts.

Scottish Refugee Council coordinates Refugee Festival Scotland.


The Welsh Refugee Council has a vision to empower refugees and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives in Wales. Their grass roots work gives refugees help and support to create new lives in Wales.. The range of services includes advice and support, casework, plus advocacy and representation in areas such as welfare, benefits, housing and health. They are also involved with community development and capacity building for Refugee Community Organisations, youth work, volunteering and befriending, and adult guidance in education, training and employment.


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NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is a refugee community organisation. It is the only refugee-led organisation in Northern Ireland that represents the interests of the refugee community.


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As a movement of ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights, Amnesty International‘s purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.


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Freedom from Torture is a UK-based human rights organisation dedicated to the care and treatment of survivors of torture. The physical and psychological effects of torture continue long after someone has escaped their torturers. Freedom from Torture has five centres around the UK offering a variety of psychological therapies and practical support to survivors and forensic documentation of torture. The organisation also speaks out alongside survivors to raise awareness of torture and influence decision makers.


Having started life as a demonstration of around 90 thousand people through central London in September 2015, Solidarity with Refugees advocates for policy change that would save lives and give people the chance to live in safety with dignity and purpose.

Solidarity with Refugees’ main focus is providing a space for individuals and organisations working with or for refugees to unite behind a common banner and to be seen for the huge movement that we are.


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British Future is an independent, non-partisan thinktank seeking to involve people in an open conversation, which addresses people’s hopes and fears about identity and integration, migration and opportunity, so that we feel confident about Britain’s Future.


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City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Our goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities.


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STAR is the national network of 34 student groups and 5,000 students working to improve the lives of refugees in the UK by promoting positive images of refugees, volunteering for local refugee projects, campaigning for refugee rights and fundraising for the network.


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Migrant Help is a UK charity that has over 50 years’ experience of delivering support and advice services to migrants in the UK. We provide individuals with the resources and support they need to find safety, access appropriate services and information and develop greater independence. Migrant Help provides a wide range of services across the UK, including the following groups: new asylum claimants and refugees; EU nationals; foreign national prisoners; victims of modern day slavery (human trafficking).


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The International Organization for Migration (IOM, the UN Migration Agency) was founded in 1951 to assist in the resettlement of Europeans displaced in the aftermath of World War II and has played a vital role in refugee resettlement around the world since. Nowadays, IOM plays a significant role in the resettlement of refugees to the UK, through the Gateway Protection Programme and the Syria Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS), working on health assessments, document handling and travel assistance before they are helped to settle in communities by local authorities and NGOs.


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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.


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The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.


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Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable.


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Refugee Week’s media strategy is led by IMIX migration communications.


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Ben & Jerry’s Foundation supports Refugee Week communications, including building the communications capacity of local Refugee Week activists.