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Join the Movement

Refugee Week lasts for seven days, but the movement for a kinder, fairer and more connected 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.

Our shared movement is more important than ever, and every action makes a difference. Here are some ideas for staying involved:

In your Organisation

Join the Together with Refugees campaign: Join the 200+ organisations who have already signed up to Together With Refugees, calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is more effective, fair and humane. If you’re not part of an organisation, you can support the campaign on social media using these suggested graphics and messages, or by sharing your own posts using the orange heart and the hashtags #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

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

Families belong together: The #FamiliesTogether campaign is working to change rules which currently prevent refugees in the UK from being reunited with their families, including keeping children from their parents. Join the campaign

Stand up for the right to asylum: The government’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’ will largely dismantle the UK’s asylum system and would put the lives of many refugees at risk. Amnesty is campaigning for an asylum system that respects the rights of refugees and honours the UK’s international obligations. Join the campaign

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

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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 #JointheMovement.

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 eight Simple Acts you can do for Refugee Week 2021. To view them all, visit the Simple Acts page.

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