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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[View the story “Schools do Refugee Week 2017” on Storify]
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 […]
It’s the refugee arts project everyone’s talking about. In the fifth and final edition of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann talks to Sophie Besse, director of Borderline comedy about Calais Calais is not a place we associate with comedy. But danger, deprivation and desperation is only half the story. Sophie Besse, artistic director […]
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 […]
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 […]