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The Great Get Together 2019

This year will see the third annual Great Get Together, inspired by the MP Jo Cox, happening on the last weekend of Refugee Week (21 – 23 June).   The Great Get Together (GGT) is a major national campaign that brings communities together to achieve national unity. It was founded by The Jo Cox Foundation […]

Moving Worlds: Screen a film for Refugee Week 2019

Why not show a film for Refugee Week – and turn your school, workplace or kitchen into a gateway to a different world? Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Moving Worlds is a programme of films available to screen at special reduced rates during Refugee Week (17-23 June  2019). Responding to this year’s Refugee Week theme, ‘You, me and those who […]

South East London Refugee Hub Launched

Guest post by Eva Jonsson, Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees After watching one too many bodies float ashore in Europe, many felt powerless and not knowing what to do. Civil society and communities like us thought the UK isn’t doing enough and started asking what can I do? Here’s the thing, YOU can do something, you can do […]

Become a Refugee Week Ambassador (voluntary, expenses paid)

Make your voice heard in the media this Refugee Week Following a successful project last year, Counterpoints Arts and IMiX are recruiting a number of Refugee Week ambassadors to share their experiences and views in the media for Refugee Week (17-23 June 2019). We know that hearing from real people who have experienced displacement is […]

Gearing up for Refugee Week 2019

Guest post by Ernest Zhanaev, Refugee Journalism Project It is a crisp February morning and I am on the train heading to the Refugee Week Conference hosted at Coventry Cathedral. It’s the city where before the Norman Conquest, Lady Godiva entered naked in a merciful plea to her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to protect […]

Refugee Week Conference, HAVEN Coffee and Me

Guest post by Usman Khalid, Haven Coffee Hi, I am Usman, a refugee from Pakistan who has lived in London for the last 12 years. I have always had a passion for good quality coffee. For me, my day doesn’t start until I’ve had that first cup. I have always dreamed of having a coffee […]

Refugee Week Conference 2019 materials

How can we use the arts and sports to bring people together? What are the best ways to publicise our events and projects, and how do we make sure the right people are in the lead? These questions and more were the subject of rich discussion at our national Refugee Week Conferences 2019 in Coventry (11 February) […]

Meet Our New Refugee Week Leaders

Over the past few years, we have been reflecting on what more we can do to ensure that people with lived experience of displacement are at the heart and forefront of Refugee Week. In October 2018 we were thrilled to receive funding from Ben and Jerry’s Foundation for a new Refugee Week Leadership Project, which will support […]

The Friend Ship HumaniTea party project

Guest post by Emma Skeet, Friendship Arts Projects I travelled to Athens in 2016 with two artist friends, wanting to show support for the thousands of refugees stranded there on their journey trying to find a safe place to live. It was one of those choices which shaped the story of my life. Having watched […]

Pop-up cafes for Refugee Week: Chorleywood4Refugees’ story

Guest post by Brian Donnelly, Chorleywood4Refugees For the last three Refugee Weeks, the Chorleywood4Refugees Voluntary Group has operated a Pop-up Cafe at their local railway station, which is on the Metropolitan Line between Aldgate and Amersham. Like most small stations, this one does not have a cafe of its own, but even if it does, […]

Refugee Week Conference 2019: Booking now open

Join us for one of two national Refugee Week Conferences in February to get inspired, excited and prepared for Refugee Week 2019 (17-23 June). After years of struggling to fit everyone in, we are delighted to be holding TWO Refugee Week conferences for the first time for 2019. The Conferences are free but spaces are […]

Theme of Refugee Week 2019

You, me and those who came before #Generations This Refugee Week we invite you to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history. The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who […]

Opportunity: Refugee Week leadership project (paid internship/ expenses)

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

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 […]

Refugee Week 2018: What Next?

Thank you to everyone who made Refugee Week 2018 such an amazing celebration of everything refugees bring to the UK! The festival may be over, but the movement for the rights of people seeking safety continues – and is more important than ever. Whether it’s through joining a campaign, welcoming refugees in your community or embarking on […]

Biscuit-making with young refugees for #SimpleActs

Guest Post by Leïla Seguin from British Red Cross Young Refugee Service. Leïla also works on Refugee Week at Counterpoints Arts. For Refugee Week 2018 and as part of the #SimpleActs Campaign, we invited Orly Orbach to deliver two gingerbread biscuit-making workshops to young people at British Red Cross RnB Projects In May 2018 I had the […]

The New Babylonians – exhibition in Brighton for Refugee Week

Guest post by ONCA Gallery Brighton celebrates refugee week with the exhibition The New Babylonians, Gil Mualem-Doron at ONCA Gallery.  The exhibition presents several participatory art projects created in the past year with young adults, refugees members of The Migrant English Project (MEP) Brighton and CARAS organisation London, and Art Rich (Portsmouth). The project presents a […]

20 word poems #SimpleActs

To mark 20 years of Refugee Week, we’re inviting you to write a 20 word poem. Here are some of the poems written so far – share yours using #SimpleActs, or email us.   20 word poems   Our favourite Saturday-night metaphor: ‘Journey’ Catches on like wildfire Infection. Explodes From hearthside To healthscare In a […]

Britain – a land of camps

Guest post by Jordanna Bailkin Photograph of Ugandan Asians at Tonfanau camp by Jim Arnould, Nova (April 1973) Today, as the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week marks the contribution of refugees to British life, very few people think of Britain as a land of camps.  For many Britons, camps seem to happen  “elsewhere,” from Greece […]

UEA series to explore 20 years of refugee history

Guest post by Hari Reed, UEA Refugee History   20 Years of Refugee Aid, Advocacy and Activism In recognition of the 20thanniversary of Refugee Week, UEA Refugee History are publishing one blog per day – here – on our website, for the duration of the week. Each blog looks at an aspect of refugee aid, advocacy […]

Music Action International at Refugee Week

Guest post by Music Action International How does music support refugees to rebuild mental & emotional health, connect with people & find new friends? Our Refugee Week events are led by refugees, asylum seekers, torture survivors and Roma people who find music effectively transforms their lives, rebuilds hope and helps them to connect with other […]

Great Street Feast, London – in support of Freedom from Torture

  Guest post by Freedom from Torture Every survivor of torture in the UK has a different story, which means that their needs are different too.  That’s why we at Freedom from Torture, tailor the support we offer to suit each person who comes to us. We provide counselling, group therapy and ongoing support.  We […]

How a Brighton nursery school is celebrating Refugee Week

Guest post about The Royal Spa Nursery This Refugee Week there is a special celebration planned at Royal Spa nursery school in Brighton.  The nursery has been awarded the first Nursery of Sanctuary award in the city.  Brighton is proud to be a city of sanctuary, working to providing a welcoming environment for refugees.  Good […]

Shatila Stories – book launch on 20 June

Guest post by Peirene Press On the 20th of June we will be marking Refugee Week with the launch of Shatila Stories, a novel written by nine refugees living in the Shatila camp in Beirut, Lebanon.  The launch will be held at Waterstones Gower St. and we would love you to join us! You can book […]

Greeting cards raising funds for the Refugee Council

Guest post by Liz Holden, Percy Boynton Cards Percy Boynton Cards are stylish and attractive cards that are suitable for most occasions – birthdays, thank you etc – as the cards are blank inside (apart from the Christmas range). I started this project two years ago, combining an interest in art, design and photography with […]

Welcome to Refugee Festival Scotland 2018

Guest post by Soizig Carey, Arts and Cultural Development Officer, Scottish Refugee Council Refugee Festival Scotland is a celebration of the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland – the food and drink, music and poetry, dance, visual art and ideas that people bring with them when they seek safety in Scotland. For two weeks […]

Garden Cafe in South Manchester – Sun 3 June

Guest post by York University For a 3rd year running, two local refugee groups – Boaz Trust and supporters of Freedom from Torture – will be holding a popular Garden Cafe as part of Burnage and Levenshulme Open Gardens in South Manchester.  Highlights include Botanically-themed cakes, Fairtrade and fresh herbal teas, freshly ground coffee and […]

Tull100 – Football Remembers

Guest post by Tull100 If you’re planning to make football part of your Refugee Week activities this year, then why not link to a new campaign remembering one of Britain’s first black professional players? Join Tull100 — Football Remembers and take part in the No Barriers medal challenge to make your community more inclusive and […]

Take part in Refugee Week, 18-24 June 2018

This June, Refugee Week will have been celebrating the contributions, resilience and creativity of refugees for 20 years. Thanks to people like you, it has grown to become a powerful and unique national movement, bringing communities together and making space for a different story about refugees. Here’s how you can get involved in Refugee Week […]

Brave

Guest post by Titilola Dawudu, Oval House The Croydon Avengers is at Oval House for Refugee Week 2018 Ovalhouse’s history has been all about championing voices that are usually silenced.  Our longest running participatory programme, We Are London, bridging the gap for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, recently came to an end due to funding.  So […]

Fighting To Be British

Guest post by Tolu Agbelusi, Home Is Project Ilé la Wà is at Stratford Circus as part of Refugee Week 2018 Men the age of my father don’t cry in public, don’t watch helpless whilst others speak for them. Not in my community—where women of this same generation raised children not to air their dirty […]

Refugee Week at Shakespeare’s Globe

Guest post by Shakespeare’s Globe From 17 – 24 June we will be marking Refugee Week 2018 with a festival of performances, discussions and storytelling sessions exploring Shakespeare’s response to refuge and refugees. Opening Refugee Week on 17 June, Syrian Canadian artist Dima Karout will lead a hands-on woodcut print workshop, Fingerprints, encouraging you to […]

Churches invited to take part in Sanctuary Sunday

Guest post by Inderjit Bhogal, City of Sanctuary The Sunday at the end of refugee Week is Sanctuary Sunday. The first annual Sanctuary Sunday will be marked on 24th June 2018. Refugee Week is working with City of Sanctuary and also Churches Together in Britain & Ireland to support this. Churches of all denominations are […]

SOS Children’s Villages UK

Guest post by Faye Grima, SOS Children’s Villages UK  SOS Children’s Villages UK is the UK arm of the world’s largest charity supporting children without parental care. As part of Refugee Week, we’re asking people to ‘Walk a Mile’ in the shoes of a child refugee. View more at: https://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/ This Refugee Week, SOS Children’s […]

Tastes of Home

A guest post by Ann Nichols, Edmund Rice England  ‘Tastes of Home’ is an advocacy and fund-raising project for those seeking asylum and refugees in the North West. Inspired by a recipe book we saw at the UN in Geneva, we at Edmund Rice England, began the project ‘Tastes of Home’ with refugees and asylum […]

Early Day Motion supports Refugee Week 2018

Tim Farron MP has tabled an Early Day Motion encouraging MPs to show their support for Refugee Week as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The motion encourages MPs to celebrate Refugee Week’s message of ‘Different pasts, shared future’, to support the work of Refugee Week’s partners and to celebrate Refugee Week in their constituencies, and […]

Refugee Week 2018: UEA Refugee History call for contributions

Guest post by Hari Reed of Refugee History June 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week. In recognition of this, UEA Refugee History is producing a week-long blog series focussing on the ways that the field of refugee aid, reception, advocacy and solidarity has grown, been challenged and adapted over the past 20 years. The […]

Guest post by Joudy Aldabbas, Coram Young Citizens

Have you ever felt lonely and that you are in a completely new world with a new language, new people and new traditions? My name is Joudy Aldabbas. I recently became 18. I’m from Syria and to be more specifically from the city of Jasmine, Damascus. I arrived in the UK about one and half […]

Ashley Community Housing- Staff attend Refugee Week Conference

Guest post by Naomi Gill – Support Worker | ACH Bristol On a crisp clear day last week Matilda and I cycled through crowds and commuters to Amnesty International Headquarters in London to the Refugee Week Conference. We came from a range of groups and organisations across the UK to share ideas and get inspiration […]

Author of new children’s book available for Refugee Week events

Guest post by Deborah Goodman BOY 87 by Ele Fountain is the powerful and brave debut novel about a child refugee, published by Pushkin Children’s Books for readers 10 years+. And during Refugee Week (16-24 June) Ele is available for talks & readings at Refugee Week Events and in schools, to talk about writing BOY 87, whilst […]

Local planning meetings

Interested in getting involved in Refugee Week in your town and city, or making new networks to help your plans to grow? Local planning meetings can be a great way for organisations and individuals interested in Refugee Week to share ideas, make useful connections and together develop a Refugee Week programme of activities for their town […]

Perform a piece from Moving Stories for Refugee Week 2018

Guest post by Emma Manton Help Moving Stories make Refugee Week 2018 the largest Community Theatre Project for the year. Perform plays by Britain’s top playwrights and stand with refugees around world. In 2015 and 2016, the Royal National Theatre and the West End played host to an extraordinary benefit performance. Writers David Edgar, Richard […]

How to work “with” refugees as activists

With Refugee Week 2018 (18- 24th June) fast approaching, Survivors Speak OUT went along to speak to activists at the Refugee Week Conference about how to work with refugees in public facing work in a respectful way and on an equal playing field. Guest post by Shameem Sadiq-Tang, Survivor Activism Manager at Survivors Speak OUT, Freedom […]

Refugee Week Conference 2018 materials

  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: Refugee […]

New World Vision by Fatima Diriye (and friends)

One word for each year of Refugee Week. That was the challenge taken up by poet Fatima Diriye at Refugee Week Conference 2018. Together with fellow poet and facilitator Laila Sumpton, Fatima ‘crowdsourced’ words and phrases from a room of around 250 Refugee Week supporters, inspired by the festival’s upcoming 20th birthday. A few hours and some […]

Call for stories of friendship with people seeking sanctuary

Refugee Week partner City of Sanctuary is looking for 20 stories of friendship between a sanctuary seeker and a member of a receiving community. City of Sanctuary says: We are collecting these stories to feature them as part of celebrating Refugee Week in June. The theme this year is the 20 year anniversary of Refugee Week. […]

Christian Aid joins Refugee Week partnership

  We are delighted to welcome Christian Aid to the national Refugee Week partnership. Christian Aid works for and with people of all faiths and none, to strive for social justice and pursue our vision of a world without poverty. The support of Christian Aid will help Refugee Week to engage faith leaders and faith […]

Refugee Week 2018: Celebrating 20 years

In June 2018, Refugee Week will reach an important milestone: 20 years of celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. This 20 year anniversary is the theme of Refugee Week 2018 (18-24 June), and we’re be inviting you to take part by doing one (or more!) of 20 Simple Acts – one for each year […]

National Education Union joins Refugee Week partnership

We are excited to announce that the National Education Union (NEU) has joined the Refugee Week national partnership. The NEU 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 […]

Solidarity with Refugees joins Refugee Week partnership

We are delighted to announce that Solidarity with Refugees has joined the Refugee Week national partnership. 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 […]

Book Your Place at Refugee Week Conference 2018

Image (c) Ambrose Musiyiwa Looking for ideas and inspiration for Refugee Week 2018? Thinking about getting involved for the first time? The Refugee Week Conference is a day of listening, learning and networking in preparation for the 20th birthday edition of Refugee Week, 18-24 June 2018! Expect inspiring speakers, engaging practical workshops and fabulous perfomances – […]

Ashley Community Housing Celebrates Refugee Week 2017

A guest post by Rose Adderley, Marketing Intern at Ashley Community Housing Bristol. All of Ashley Community Housing’s regional offices have been celebrating Refugee Week across the country. In Bristol we extended the week to a longer celebration – Bristol Refugee Festival. Wolverhampton ACH also held many events to enjoy their Refugee Week. Here is a summary […]

“When I play, the distance falls away”: Mina Salama’s musical journey

In part four of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Egyptian instrumentalist Mina Salama, and learns about the new route his music has taken since he sought sanctuary in the UK Mina was nine years old when he found an old keyboard at his friend’s house in Alexandria, Egypt. Enchanted, the young boy sat down to play and there […]

Refugee Choir Start Summer of Performances

A guest post by Tess Berry-Hart There’s an interesting jam happening in the leafy suburbs of Greenwich. A choir of over 30 members from 15 different countries are performing a rendition of “Scarborough Fair” accompanied by North African darabouka drumbeats and rapping by an Iraqi refugee. From new arrivals from Syria and Afghanistan, to older generations […]

“I want to see women in the lead”: Faith Gakanje

In part three of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Faith Gakanje, fashion entrepreneur and founder of a forum supporting refugee women  Faith Gakanje was challenging oppression even as a child. The daughter of Chief Nemangwe, she was involved in Zimbabwe’s liberation movement as a chimbwido (junior fighter) from the young age of nine. Zimbabwe won […]

“My proudest moments are the quiet conversations”: An interview with Sabir Zazai

As part of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets charity leader Sabir Zazai, and learns about his journey from Afghan refugee to community pioneer  Great oaks grow from humble beginnings. When Sabir arrived in Coventry via Dover in 1999, the acorn was just three people from the community doing what they could. Coventry has a […]

We Remember Mohammad Alhajali

It is with great sadness we have learned of the passing of Mohammad Alhajali, one of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Mohammad, who was 23, was a refugee from Syria, and was studying engineering at the University of West London.  With his brothers, he was helping to organise today’s Syrian Refugee Community Iftar, to […]

‘I Am A Refugee’

A guest post by Louise Wratten, Community Engagement Officer for the New Room, Bristol. We’ve waved goodbye to the builders who’ve been busy working on a new visitor centre for the New Room since the start of last year, and are delighted to mark the opening of our lovely new exhibition space by hosting a […]

Meet the Refugee Artists Behind a New Exhibition

A guest post by Matthew Carter, British Red Cross (Refugee Week national partner) For so many people, art is a means of expressing how we feel about the world. In this respect, the young refugees adjusting to life in the UK are no different to the rest of us. Selassie and Helen are two young […]

Education Beyond Borders at University of East London

A guest post by Paul V.Dudman and Rumana Hashem, University of East London June 2017 is finally upon us with the warmth of early summer sun and an impending election following on from a winter dominated by Brexit and Donald Trump. In this age of austerity and uncertainty, how should we approach pedagogy and how […]

Counterpoints Arts’ Refugee Week 2017 Programme

Refugee Week is coming to some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural venues for an unmissable programme of events by Counterpoints Arts, the festival’s national coordinators. From virtual reality to interactive installations; Iranian hip-hop to the London Syrian ensemble, Counterpoints Arts presents a range of world-class performances and happenings, celebrating the Refugee Week 2017 theme of Our […]

6 Ways to Get Involved in Refugee Week 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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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 […]

Take Part in the Great Get Together this Refugee Week

Refugee Week is proud to be supporting the Great Get Together, a national celebration inspired by Jo Cox MP on the weekend of 16 – 18 June 2017, that aims to be the biggest display of national unity since the Jubilee parties. Jo was a champion of refugee rights and believed that we have more in common […]

Percy Boynton Cards Supports Refugee Week 2017

A guest post by Lizzy Holden I started a retirement project a year ago that combined an interest in art, design and photography with a desire to support refugees. I created a range of quality art greetings cards, and I give 50% of profits to the Refugee Council, which is a Refugee Week partner (the […]

Refugee History

Belgian refugee children waiting for their afternoon tea in London during 1940. Image from the Imperial War Museum archive. A guest post by Dr Kate Ferguson In the winter of 1938 the British parliament debated the question of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Parliament and its MPs could not know what fate awaited Europe’s Jews, indeed […]

Hikayetna Celebrates Refugee Week

A guest post by Sulaiman Osman, Hikayetna Refugee week 2016 saw many events take place in the UK and beyond. Syrian storytelling project Hikayetna got involved in Hammersmith and Fulham, where we took part in an event called ‘Make a Difference: An Evening for Refugees’. Hikayetna’s participation in Refugee week started on 22 June at the Free Word Centre, which commissioned Amir […]

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Supports Refugee Week

We’re delighted to announce another reason to love icecream – Refugee Week is now supported by Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. A grant from the Foundation to Counterpoints Arts will be used to give platforms to refugee artists and voices and build the communications capacity of local Refugee Week activists. The project includes a media and social workshop that […]

Refugee Week 2017 to Celebrate Our Shared Future

Over many years, settled and newly-arrived communities have lived and worked together to make our streets, businesses and culture great. In honour of this, Refugee Week 2017 is dedicated to the strength of the UK’s communities, as we build tomorrow together. Join us 19-25 June 2017 as we imagine and celebrate Our Shared Future. Interested […]

Reflection, Reading and Reaching Out at MyRaynesPark Festival

A guest post by Tom Underwood In 2016 MyRaynesPark organised various events to celebrate Refugee Week. Central to the week was a Refugee Reflection Zone set up at the Lantern Methodist Church. This was a creative space for reflection and information on refugees in the world today. Members of the public and local schools engaged […]

Join us Online for Refugee Week Conference 2017

After an unprecedented level of interest, the 2017 Refugee Week Conference is now fully booked and the waiting list is closed. If you can’t be there in person, do follow the Refugee Week Facebook and Twitter feeds on the day as we will be live streaming some of the action and Tweeting throughout. The Conference is 10am – […]

Refugee Week at Croydon College

A guest post by Temor Alkaisi. The Refugee Week event at Croydon College was held on 23rd June for ESOL students. At Croydon College they have about 200 students studying on the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course. This year at Croydon College we took another route to Refugee Week by recruiting a […]

Refugee Week at the British Red Cross

A guest post by Alice Owen, British Red Cross. 20-26 June saw a host of fun-filled activities celebrating the positive contribution that refugees make to the UK and encouraging better understanding between communities through the arts. The British Red Cross works with Counterpoints Arts and other leading agencies to help deliver refugee week across the […]

Doormatting in Birmingham

A guest post by Ciara Cohen-Ennis. In February my friend Beatrice and I attended the Refugee Week conference where we were inspired by a project in London where two people took images of themselves with a banner saying ‘Refugees Welcome’ at some of the city’s famous landmarks. With a customized doormat reading ‘Refugees Welcome’, we […]

Refugee Week Jammin’ in Bearwood

A guest post by Leonie Hart. In celebration of Refugee Week 2016, Bearwood Action for Refugees hosted a JAMATHON on Sunday 19 June at Thimblemill Library. The event was in aid of Leros Solidarity Network, who support refugees in transit in Greece, and Bearwood turned out in force to support the cause raising a total […]

Sidcot Festival of Peace

A guest post by Miriam Gosling. Sunday 19 June saw the inaugural Festival of Peace at Sidcot School. Hosted by the school’s Centre for Peace and Global Studies the festival explored the theme ‘The Nature of Identity’. Held in Refugee Week, and taking place on Father’s Day, the afternoon event celebrated family and community, exploring […]

Unite against racism

A guest post by Rachel Bower. On 23rd June 2016 we gathered in the Moor Theatre Deli for a special Verse Matters for Refugee Week and Yorkshire Festival. It was a powerful and moving event, balanced in that tense moment between the daytime voting for the EU Referendum and the results the following morning. Given […]