How is your Refugee Week 2017 going? Hopefully well! If not, don’t worry, there’s still a few days left and lots going on.
So, we’re here to keep that momentum going, to keep getting people out and about and celebrating the contributions that refugees make to society and culture in your area.
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world. In the UK, the week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution refugees make to the UK.
It’s a great way to counteract the negative messages that are so often shared both by the media and by society in general, and express welcome, thanks and positivity.
The ultimate aim of the week is to create better understanding and communication between different communities and to encourage successful integration, under the tag line ‘Different Pasts, Shared Future’.
If that’s a message you think is valuable and would like to share, head over to the Refugee Week website to find out about what’s going on around the country. Click here to head straight to the Events Calendar, where you can find out what’s on in your area.
As part of the week, the Simple Acts campaign has also launched, which aims to inspire people to take action with small, everyday gestures that support refugees and let them know that they are welcome here.
Ideas include taking a picture of yourself with a message of welcome, learning a few words in a new language or sharing a meal in your community: there’s lots of scope to come up with your own idea of how you’d like to be welcomed to a new country.
So find out what’s on in your area, spread the message of welcome, and have a great week!
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