Refugee Week lasts seven days, but the movement for a kinder, fairer and more joyful world continues all year round.
Once June is over, we hope you’ll carry the spirit and energy of Refugee Week with you, and continue to walk alongside people on the move.
Every action makes a difference, and when we come together, we are powerful.
Here are some ideas for staying involved:
In your Organisation
Join the Together with Refugees campaign: Join the hundreds of organisations who have already signed up to Together With Refugees, calling for a kinder, more compassionate approach to refugees – so they can seek safety in the UK, rebuild their lives and make a valuable contribution to our society. Take a look at the get involved page for more information about how you can get involved in your organisation, local group or as an individual. #TogetherWithRefugees #WhoWeAre.
In your Local Area
Join a City of Sanctuary group: City of Sanctuary UK supports a network of groups across the UK which are welcoming people seeking sanctuary in a range of different ways. Local City of Sanctuary groups offer opportunities to stand with refugees through volunteering, advocacy and more. Find out more and join or start a group in your local area
Sponsor a refugee family: Sponsor Refugees works with community groups across the UK to welcome and resettle a refugee family to their local neighbourhood through community sponsorship. Anyone can get involved in community sponsorship, whether you’re a group of friends or members of a faith institution. Find out more
At your School
Become a School of Sanctuary: Part of City of Sanctuary, Schools of Sanctuary is a growing network with more than 300 primary and secondary schools all committed to supporting the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome, and raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers. Find out how your school can get involved.
Use resources from the NEU: The National Education Union (NEU) has resources to support schools to develop an anti-racist approach and welcome refugee children all year round.
At your University or College
Join or start a STAR group: STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is the national network of students building a more understanding and just society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive in the UK. STAR groups in colleges and universities work to bring about lasting change by volunteering locally with refugees, campaigning national for policy change and learning about refugee protection and asylum in the UK. Find out more and find or start a STAR group.
Sign the petition for university students and staff to stand against the Illegal Migration Bill.
With Family and Friends
If you have friends or family who say negative things about refugees, you are in a unique positive to provide guidance to them. And as a loved one, your guidance will be more persuasive to them than any organisation or politician. Freedom From Torture’s new messaging guide is based on research into the most effective approaches to these conversations. See this Twitter thread of practical tips, or read the full guide
Join a Campaign
STOP THE REFUGEE BAN BILL: Write to your MP today and call on them to oppose the cruel Refugee Ban Bill here with Freedom From Torture.
Fair & Humane System: Join the Refugee Council’s Campaign for a Fair and Humane Asylum System and call on the Government to take action to improve the lives of people seeking safety in the UK
Fight the Anti-Refugee Laws: In April 2022 the Nationality and Borders Bill passed in Parliament, turning the anti-refugee bill into the anti-refugee laws. These laws represent the biggest attack on the refugee protection system that we have ever seen and will close the door to desperate people who arrive in the UK to seek safety. Join Refugee Action in their campaign to fight the anti-refugee laws and stand up for asylum.
Lift the Ban: Join the campaign to give people seeking asylum the right to work. Find out more
Artists and Arts Organisations
Platforma Arts and Refugee Network, managed by Counterpoints Arts, supports and develops arts and culture by, about and with refugees and migrants, including through one-to-one information to artists and organisations. Find out more
City of Sanctuary’s Arts Stream of Sanctuary, supported by Counterpoints Arts, aims to inspire, support and promote the use of arts in nurturing a culture and practice of welcome for people seeking sanctuary in the UK, including through its ‘Sanctuary in Arts Awards’ for arts organisations. Find out more
However you choose to get involved, share your calls to action and inspire others to join you too by sharing on social media using #SimpleActs #CompassionIntoAction #Refugeeweek
If your social media post includes images or names of other people, make sure you get permission first, including from parents/ guardians of anyone under 18.
Join the Movement is one of ten Simple Acts you can do for Refugee Week 2023. To view them all, visit the Simple Acts page.