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.
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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[…]
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 […]
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 […]
Now a Refugee Week Young Ambassador, Gulwali Passarlay is originally from a small village in eastern Afghanistan. He fled when he was 12 because of the war and due to fears for his safety. His family had close connections with the Taliban through his uncle, a Taliban commander and part of its intelligence service, and in […]
This June Refugee Week explore “the contributions of refugees in our history and heritage”. We commissioned a survey asking people from across the UK to tell us what, in their opinion, the most significant contributions are that refugees have made to the UK. The report provides an overview of the survey findings and includes a […]
International humanitarian aid organisation Human Relief Foundation have constructed a huge piece of artwork in recognition of Refugee Week 2014. The patchwork is made up of over 1,000 pieces of material drawn on by Syrian refugee children and British children, and depicts their contrasting ideas when asked ‘What is Home?’ It will be unveiled as […]
How the Pod Collective are workng in a variety of art forms with refugees and asylum seekers across Greater Manchester in the run-up to Refugee Week 2014 Photographer Anna White and embroiderer Emily Hayes formed Pod Collective in 2012, combining their skills to work with grass-roots organisations that support refugee and asylum seekers in Greater […]
Kimberley Nyamhondera gives a personal reflection on the 2014 Refugee Week Conference that took place in London in March. At Amnesty International UK in Shoreditch, the 9th Refugee Week Conference started with a quietly contemplative reflection. The conference provided a clear platform to bring together interwoven motifs to shape and celebrate the contribution of refugees […]
Our Refugee Week South West regional co-ordinator has completed his cycle challenge! On 8th September Refugee Week South West Coordinator Qerim Nuredini, who is based at Refugee Action in Bristol, completed his charity cycle. Qerim was raising money for Bristol Hospitality Network, who support Refugee Week and Celebrating Sanctuary in the region and are part […]
Film star Shiraz Haq celebrates the UK’s welcoming spirit and thinks about the importance of appreciation and tolerance in our vastly connected world today. For centuries the history and heritage of the UK has been steeped in a rich tapestry of people from all over. As much as we Britons have reached out across the […]
The wonderful English Pen has been running a Make My Day! creative writing project with the Tricycle Theatre, funded by John Lyon’s Charity, bringing writers together with young people from countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Somalia. John Hegley ran creative writing workshops and the project incorporated the Bronze Arts Award which allows the […]
Our new online timeline is now live! For Refugee Week UK 2013 we are looking at the contributions of refugees to our history and heritage. This timeline and ‘living archive’ created by Refugee Week aims to acknowledge these contributions and highlight how refugees and their descendants have helped shape our nation. We hope you find […]
Laura Padoan, UNHCR London, explores the lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games for refugees across the world. Laura Padoan, UNHCR London 27th July 2012 As thousands of athletes and spectators from 205 countries around the world gather in London today for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, UNHCR is preparing for […]