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September 2021

International Online School in Forced Migration

September 20 - September 24
Online – in your own home
£450

"This year, for the first time ever, Oxford University’s renowned International Summer School in Forced Migration is going online! The Online School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It enables people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the worlds of displaced people. The course combines Oxford’s tradition of academic excellence with a stimulating discussion-based method of teaching, learning and reflection. The Online School will cover subjects including:…

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“Introduction to Community Sponsorship” online drop-in

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Online – in your own home

"If you are interested in finding out how to get involved with Community Sponsorship the easiest way you can do that is by signing up to one of our regular informal drop-in events. We will give a short presentation and then take any questions. You can participate and interact as much or as little as you'd like! We are happy to take questions and chat, or you can keep your camera off and just have the call playing in the…

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Afghan Welcomer Training

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online – in your own home
£10

"You are invited to our Afghan Welcomer training to be equipped and ready to welcome your neighbours. You will  learn about the Relocation Scheme, the immediate and longer term needs and rights, and you will also learn how you, as a church, can reach out and warmly welcome newly-arrived Afghans into the community. The training will take place on three different dates for the rest of September as follows: Thursday 16th September                7:30 - 9pm Wednesday…

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Webinar: What’s wrong with the Nationality and Borders Bill?

September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Online – in your own home

"The Nationality and Borders Bill is currently making its way through the House of Commons. It aims to do away entirely with the independent arrival of asylum-seekers to this country – and there are some other very worrying aspects such as criminalising asylum-seekers, detaining them (indefinitely), processing them on remote islands (such as in the South Atlantic), and deporting them to unsafe countries – a prohibited action known as refoulement. This briefing is for clergy and lay leaders of all…

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Afghan Welcomer Training

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online – in your own home
£10

"You are invited to our Afghan Welcomer training to be equipped and ready to welcome your neighbours. You will  learn about the Relocation Scheme, the immediate and longer term needs and rights, and you will also learn how you, as a church, can reach out and warmly welcome newly-arrived Afghans into the community. The training will take place on three different dates for the rest of September as follows: Thursday 16th September                7:30 - 9pm Wednesday…

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October 2021

Community Sponsorship “taster” and networking event

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online – in your own home

This event is for people in the Thames Valley area who are interested in finding out more about Community Sponsorship and for those already doing it. Community Sponsorship is a great way of enabling refugee families to make a new life in our area. Members of Oxford Welcomes Refugees, Greyfriars Reading Community Sponsorship Group and Refugees Welcome Wolverton will share their experience and answer questions. Register here to attend and we will send you more details, including the Zoom link,…

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Refugee Prayer Hour: Praying for accommodation for the destitute

October 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Everyone in our society should have a safe and secure home. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many refugees and asylum seekers. “When receiving Leave to Remain status, refugees commonly become homeless. With demand for housing high, it can be difficult to prove that individuals have a priority need for accommodation. Yet many single refugees suffer from mental and physical health conditions that make them more vulnerable.” - Refugee Council The 10th October is World Homelessness Day. The purpose…

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Displaced Voices

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sommerville College and online, Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6HD
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"Somerville College has supported refugees since the 1930s and became a University College of Sanctuary in 2021. Examine forced migration against a backdrop of conflict, climate change and development, while students share their lived experiences as refugees and volunteers. You’ll hear Displaced Voices, a collaboration with Oxford Spires Academy, bridging cultures through music. Composers worked with young asylum seekers to create orchestral backing for their poetry, which highlights their cultural heritages and new lives in Oxford. This event is offered…

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