Friday, May 20, 2016

Get ready for Refugee Week

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This year Refugee Week is from the 19th-26th of June and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved! This year’s theme is ‘welcome’ and will celebrate the ways that people have been welcoming refugees to the UK in the light of the refugee crisis.

People around the country have been moved by the stories of refugees coming to seek safety in Europe and the UK. Here at STAR the number of volunteers at our conversation clubs has gone up by around 20%! This Refugee Week we will work with our partner charities and get even more people involved in making refugees feel welcome in the UK.

What can you do?

Share your stories

Refugee Week are collecting stories from volunteers and we would love to hear what you have to say about the volunteering that you do with refugees. One of our students from Croydon College has already written a great piece so check it out to get some ideas before submitting your own.

Find an event near you

Refugee Week falls during the University holidays and we know that this makes it quite tricky for you to organise your own event, but with events going on up and down the country there is sure to be something happening near you. Here is a taster of some of the things that will be happening.

London
Refugee week will launch on the 19thJune in London on the Southbank with an entire day of free activities. They have got loads going on including musicians, poets and dancers so check it out for what promises to be a great day! STAR will also have a stall so we hope to see you there.

Manchester
The theatre company Boxtale Soup and Stone Flowers, a refugee music collective have come together to put on ‘A Little Bite Music’ at Bridgewater Hall on the 24th June. The show will draw on Persian, Tamil and West African folklore and incorporate fairy tales and other traditional stories.

Bristol
Bristol Refugee Festival runs from the 24th May to the 26th June with a number of events taking place including a football tournament and a performance about the Impact of War and Women using spoken word, animation and visuals.

STAR events

Croydon STAR are already busy organising a series of events to mark Refugee Week, they will be hosting a photography exhibition and encouraging young migrants and refugees from their community to bring in a special object and tell its story. They have also organised a conference for ESOL students on the 23rd June with loads great speakers and activities.

Posted by STAR team on 20/05/2016 at 11:47 AM