Friday, June 14, 2019

STAR celebrates Refugee Week with some Simple Acts, lots of events and a big walk

It’s nearly Refugee Week! At STAR we’re looking forward to speaking at and visiting a fantastic range of arts, cultural and educational events. We’re also organising a walk as part of UNHCR’s #StepWithRefugees challenge to mark World Refugee Day.


Read on to find out what we’ve been up to – and what’s coming up next! image

Refugee Week this year (17th-23rd June) is looking bigger than ever, with hundreds of events across the country. This year’s theme is “you, me and those who came before”, highlighting stories of welcome across generations.

We’re thrilled that Pam – STAR’s Campaigns and Communications Volunteer – is a Refugee Week ambassador this year. Find out more about what that means in her blog post.

Simple Acts – everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities

STAR group leaders gathered in London last week for STAR’s summer training, where they took part in Simple Acts over lunch.

For the Simple Act Find out who you really are, students found out their name’s language of origin, and then recorded themselves saying “refugees welcome here” in that language.

Students also shared stories of welcome in their family history, writing stories on the back of paper Russian dolls which they decorated with flags representing their families’ generations.

The next Simple Act required some creativity as students wrote poems on the theme “family” in a huge welcome card. This action was aimed to highlight the #FamiliesTogether campaign which aims to improve rules around Refugee Family Reunion in the UK. Some wrote Haikus, some acrostics and others free-styled, resulting in some fun, joyful or moving poems.

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STAR’s Refugee Week event: The Journey Isn’t Over

For World Refugee Day, STAR is taking part in UNHCR’s #StepWithRefugees challenge. The challenge is to get people logging their steps to see if we can reach 10 million km by World Refugee Day.

The event: STAR walks from the Home Office (Marsham Street) to Croydon
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Distance: 9.5 miles
Meet at: Storey’s Gate (outside Central Hall) from 8.30am
Finish at: Box Park in Croydon (we’re checking out an exhibition by our friends at Doctors of the World afterward!)

For people who arrive in the UK, seeking refugee protection and having fled their countries and traveled thousands of miles in search of safety, the journey isn’t over. In order to claim asylum, people have to make their way to Croydon from wherever they are in the UK.

To highlight the difficult journey, the STAR team will be walking to Croydon from the Home Office in Westminster.

Interested in joining? Get in touch!

More Refugee Week events throughout the week

There are hundreds more Refugee Week events going on in every part of the country – find one near you on the Refugee Week website . Here are some that caught our eye:

The STAR staff and volunteer team will be going to a number of great events, starting with a A Journey through St Pauls – a Refugee Week celebration hosted by UNHCR. Emily, STAR’s director, will be attending the UNHCR conference in Berlin, and after our walk to Croydon, Pam and Maddy will be talking at Migration and Emotion – a roundtable discussion hosted by the French Institute. We’re finishing the week on a lighter note at No Direction Home , a night of comedy starring Romesh Ranganathan.

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Posted by STAR team on 14/06/2019 at 04:44 PM