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2019 Simple Acts Highlights

This Refugee Week we invited you to do one of 7 Simple Acts to explore our theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’.

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 recipes and food, made messages of welcome at your schools. You wrote poems, you listened and danced to the Refugee Week playlist! You investigated your own family history, and you shared stories about people who have sought refuge in the UK, to help us imagine life through their eyes. And through books, films and uncovering hidden histories, you heard (and told) a different story about refugees.

You can take part in Simple Acts at any time of year. Why not do one at home, school, your workplace (or anywhere else) later today? Visit the Simple Acts page to find out more.

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Competition time! We are giving away x4 sets of these three children’s books that explore themes of home, journeys and migration. See details below on how to enter (closing date: 25 October 2019).

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Ambassadors 2020

Our Refugee Week Ambassadors

This year we had an amazing group of Refugee Week Ambassadors who are passionate about working to change attitudes and perceptions around refugees by sharing their stories and talking to the media. You can read some of their blog posts on the Huffington Post here.

All our Ambassadors are from refugee, asylum seeking or migrant backgrounds. If you are interested in being an Ambassador for 2020 then please get in touch with us.


You, Me and Those Who Came Before: Legacy and Beyond.

Guest Post: Sabrina Richmond is a performer and writer and in her role as a Refugee Week Leader, she is the Globe’s Artist in Residence during Refugee Week. In this blog Sabrina talks about what home means to her […]




Singing out lives



Guest post: Singing our lives is is a ground-breaking creative process bringing together singers and musicians form refugee, migrant and local UK backgrounds to compose and perform new music together. Read more about their work and upcoming performance for Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre on 23rd June […]


Guest post: Inclusion begins in our communities: read more about how IOM UK are marking Refugee Week with an event at Bristol City Hall on 19th June, 5.30-7pm […]

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Guest post: The T06411 is a North African migrant boat named after the official code given by Italian customs when it was seized close to Lampedusa in 2012, with 36 migrants on board. The boat is moored in London this Refugee Week as part of a ‘floating installation’ by artist Lucy Wood.  Read more about her incredible journey and creative process here[…] 




Refugee Week partner up with language providers Rosetta Stone who will donate language courses to over 1000 refugees this Refugee Week. Read more about this exciting initiative here.


Guest post: Over the last two years St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School, Swansea has been working on themes involving, migration, belonging and looking at the challenges and difficulties faced by Asylum seekers and Refugees. Here they tell us about their collaboration with Swansea City of Sanctuary and why they are being awarded a ‘Schools of Sanctuary Status’ for their work […]

Guest post: Refugee Week Ambassador Fatima Esayli is a young Sudanese woman, now pursuing her dreams to become an architect after arriving in the UK as a refugee at the age of 22. She talks here about how she has been able to discover herself and find a home outside of the place she was born […]

Guest post: Polly Gifford, member of the Hastings Supports Refugees group and organiser of Festival by the Lake, tells us more about their programme for this Refugee Week and how the festival has more than doubled in size since it began in 2016 […]



Guest post: Nosy Crow children’s author Karen McCombie tells us about Scotland’s forgotten history of the Highland Clearances, when thousands of Highlanders were displaced from their homes during the 18th and 19th centuries […]

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Guest post: Meet Pam, an activist in exile and one of our new 2019 Refugee Week Ambassadors

As an activist for political freedom in her native Thailand, Pam was an outspoken student critic of the junta regime. Because of this she was mistreated, jailed and persecuted. Pam is now an activist in exile and has been living in the UK with refugee status since 2016. She works with Refugee Week partner STAR (Student Action for Refugees) as their Communication and Campaign Volunteer Officer, working to improve how we welcome students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds here in Britain. She has written a blog for us about her work, and how volunteering in the Refugee Sector transformed her life as a refugee in the UK […]



From sketch to finish
June 20th, 2015

Scottish Refugee Council media volunteer Sorcha learned the process of pin-making at a free workshop run by jewellery project O-Pin during this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. Blog post by Sorcha Meredith, volunteer media officer at Scottish Refugee Council Jewellery project ‘O-Pin’ organise accessible jewellery making opportunities, and this year it returned to Refugee Festival Scotland […]

Holocaust Memorial Trust: A meal from Darfur
June 18th, 2015
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To celebrate Refugee Week this week we chose to profile Darfuri culture by holding a team meal with food from Darfur, taking part in the Simple Acts campaign and testing our culinary skills at the same time. Blog post by Holocaust Memorial Trust Refugee Week takes place on the third week of June each year […]

Watch: Refugee Week in Salford
June 18th, 2015
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Refugee Week in Salford getting its groove on! For more information about Refugee Week Salford visit and follow @Salfordrefugeew on Twitter Video by Pendleton TV

Watch: ‘Nowhere is Home’ by Manaf Halbouni, 2015
June 12th, 2015
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A car loaded with personal possessions is turned into a living space – an impossible home for a “modern nomad unable to belong and grow roots”. ‘Nowhere is Home’ by Manaf Halbouni, 2015 from Counterpoints Arts on Vimeo. This personal yet universal piece by German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni speaks of his transient life in exile […]

Welcome Tent hits the streets of Glasgow
June 12th, 2015

Scottish Refugee Council media volunteer Sorcha headed to Buchanan Street for the first Welcome Tent of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland on Friday 5 June Blog post by Sorcha Meredith, volunteer media officer at Scottish Refugee Council After a rainy start to the day the skies cleared and the tent was joined by a series […]

My Journey: A young refugee’s story
June 11th, 2015

How do you explain what it’s like being a refugee to someone who has never been crammed into the back of a dark lorry; or been surrounded by people who don’t speak their language? Refugee Week Young Ambassador Safian Toheed (Sayf Malik) made this short film especially for Refugee Week 2015, and we think he […]

Get involved on social media
June 7th, 2015

Find us on Twitter, Facebook and (new for 2015!) Instagram and join the conversation using the hashtags #RefugeesContribute and #RefugeeWeek. Here are some ways you can get involved: 1. Share one of our #RefugeesContribute images – or find and share a contribution story of your own: Click here to browse all the images and choose […]

Share the story of a hidden refugee contribution
June 7th, 2015

Show the world you recognise the contributions and resilience of refugees by sharing one of these slides on Twitter or Facebook – or find and share a contribution story of your own. To download an image, right click and select ‘save image as’. Twitter images: Facebook images: Graphics created by Montfort

Refugee stories: Making it personal
May 8th, 2015

Refugee Week 2015 will take place on the 15-21 June, just a month after the UK general election. And even in that short interim, the political discourse around the status of refugees, migrants and those seeking asylum may change substantially. Ahead of events planned for all around the UK this summer, Counterpoint Arts hosted their […]

Refugee Week is about bringing different people together
September 2nd, 2014
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Refugee Week Young Ambassador Temor shares his experiences of Refugee Week UK and being a part of the Refugee Week UK Central Team. This year I have attended a number of the Refugee Week events, including the Refugee week conference in February 2014 which was held at Amnesty International UK in Shoreditch. To me Refugee […]