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April 2021

Introduction to Asylum and Supporting Refugees

April 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online – in your own home
£45.32 – £70.88

This half-day introductory course covers the must-knows of asylum and refugee support. The Refugee Council uses the expertise of our delivery staff who work directly with asylum-seekers, newly recognized refugees, and those arriving through resettlement schemes, to develop training that’s relevant, up to date, and informed by best practice. We’ve delivered expert training to over 55 local authorities and a variety of charities on topics relating to asylum and refugee awareness, policy, and best practice. Course Suitability Those interested in,…

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Conference: Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Online – in your own home
£250 – £658

"We are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Conference to focus on improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Angelina Jalonen Head of Therapeutic Services The Refugee Council will give a national update which will look at supporting refugees through the hardship and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and focus sessions will cover; multi-tiered and comprehensive MHPSS Systems & Psychological First Aid, working with refugees to improve mental health, and best practice examples of specialist clinical interventions. Attending this conference…

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Time of Prayer for Refugees and Those Walking Alongside

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Online – in your own home

Join us in praying for refugees and those walking alongside them in the Thames Valley and beyond. This month we will be praying particularly about the right to seek refuge, in the light of the proposed new asylum legislation and its implications. We will pray for humane policies, for those effected and about our own response. Online event on Zoom. Please register on Eventbrite to receive the login details. We hope you can join us. Please do also share this…

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Brightwell Supporting Refugees AGM

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"Brightwell Supporting Refugees was set up in 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis, but aims to help those fleeing from conflicts anywhere in the world. We are a registered charity and have so far raised over thirty five thousand pounds through local events and from your generous donations. Our focus is on helping the education and welfare of refugee children, especially where we can have direct personal contact with local aid organisations in the field, allowing us…

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May 2021

Putting a value on nature: Influencing global action on environmental challenges

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online – in your own home

Inger Andersen & Professor Cameron Hepburn in conversation "Even as we seek to overcome the global pandemic, humanity faces three planetary crisis that threaten our future - the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, and the pollution and waste crisis – driven by decades of relentless and unsustainable consumption and production. Ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity, in conversation with Professor Cameron Hepburn, Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme speaks to the implications of the…

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Book Launch: Gil Loescher’s “Refugees: A Very Short Introduction”

May 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"Please join us as we launch Refugees: A Very Short Introduction, Gil Loescher’s last book. The book offers a concise and compelling introduction to the causes and impact of contemporary refugee responses. By drawing on Loescher’s 40-year legacy as an authority on UNHCR and global refugee issues, the book offers critical insight on the impact of today’s responses to refugee movements for states, global order and refugees themselves. The book also draws on more recent developments to call for a…

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Time of Prayer & Launch of our Refugee Week materials

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Online – in your own home

Join us in praying for refugees and those walking alongside them in the Thames Valley and beyond. We'll be launching our new resources for churches to use for Refugee Week and Refugee Sunday 2021. This month we will be praying particularly for Refugee Week (14th-20th June) and that local churches will engage with this. We'll be launching our new resources for churches, including a film featuring local Christians engaged in supporting refugees and a full service for Refugee Sunday. Online…

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Tom’s journey from Eritrea

May 28 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"Tom will be giving a talk about his experiences coming to the UK from Eritrea. "A strange talk with a strange story of being a stranger in his own country and being a family in a strange country." Details of the event are on the Eventbrite website, and to attend, you must register through the website in advance.  You will then be sent a zoom link."

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Book Discussion – The Rohingya, Justice and International Law

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"The Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict’s Programme for International Peace and Security are pleased to welcome you to a discussion of Judge Kriangsak Kittichaisaree’s forthcoming book The Rohingya, Justice and International Law (Routledge 2021). Judge Kriangsak Kittichaisaree will be joined by discussants Ambassador Stephen Rapp (Blavatnik School of Government) and Dr Priya Pillai (Asia Justice Coalition). Book Synopsis 'The Rohingya, Justice and International Law' analyses the ongoing quest for justice for…

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June 2021

Rethinking planetary prosperity: are we measuring what we value?

June 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online – in your own home

" Professor Dame Henrietta L. Moore & Professor Sir Charles Godfray in conversation The recently published Dasgupta Review has made a strong call for the fundamental rebuilding of economic models in ways that inherently value Nature. These are welcome findings, coming at a time when existing economic structures, extractive systems and patterns of consumption are eroding ecological resilience and exceeding planetary limits. Yet the imperative for new economies that value biodiversity and ecosystem health as foundational for human wellbeing leaves…

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Refugee Week “Equipping Churches”

June 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"In anticipation of World Refugee Sunday 2021 taking place next month,  we would like to invite you to our next online event. On Thursday, 3 June(18:30 CEST) we will be coming together to hear from some in our network who are focused on equipping churches to walk alongside the refugees in their communities. Churches are a critical actor in helping those on the Refugee Highway recover and thrive from forced displacement. Our goal is that this event will inspire, equip, and motivate us all to…

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Solidarity in the Hostile Environment: What can we do?

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Online – in your own home
£25

"Following our course on Understanding the Roots of the Immigration System, Woodbrooke and Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network are hosting a day on 5th June: ‘Solidarity in the hostile environment: what can we do?’   https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/product/solidarity-in-the-hostile-environment-what-can-we-do/  We will be joined by people with lived experience of the asylum system. How will the New Immigration Plan affect people seeking asylum? How do the uncertainties and frustrations of living in this system affect people’s lives?  What is it like to be sent to live in old…

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Public Seminar: Syrian refugees and local assistance in Berlin

June 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Speaker: Yahya Alaous (Founder, Zusammenwachsen NGO; Journalist, Die Suddeutsche Zeitung) Part of Refugee Studies Centre's Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2021 - ‘Localising’ Refugee Research and Practice Register here."  

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Whose Land?

June 14 - June 20
Online – in your own home

"Meduulla is an emerging Zimbabwean-born artist, poet and rapper, raised in Manchester. Commissioned by IWM to respond to the theme of migration as a consequence of conflict, she is eager to use her voice and her craft to push pertinent conversations to the forefront. “Whose Land?” is an original piece drawing on the history of Zimbabwe, referencing the land reform bill, conflict and mass migration. Using her voice to explore different perspectives, Meduulla’s piece will consider the inner conflict migrants…

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Moving Worlds 2021 – programme of films

June 14 - June 20
Online – in your own home

"Moving Worlds is a programme of films available to watch at home during Refugee Week. Responding to this year’s Refugee Week theme ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, the programme is a curated programme of features and shorts exploring personal experiences of forced displacement, stories of unexpected alliances, unlikely friendships and stories that celebrate difference, while inviting us to focus on how we can walk alongside one another. Moving Worlds UK is curated and programmed by Nelli Stavropoulou for Counterpoints Arts."

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“We cannot walk alone: On becoming a Kuwaiti Bidoon refugee in the UK” – presentation and Q&A

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Ahmad Jaber will be discussing the relationship between language and  identity, and  how a people’s way of expression may be used as a tool to identify and target them. The aim of the event is to shed light on the complexity of being a stateless Kuwaiti Bidoon, especially in terms of being in limbo while in the asylum-seeking process, but also on  how even small social (re)actions may be significantly helpful." Please email info@sanctuaryhosting.org for the Zoom link and if…

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Refugee Resource exhibition & stall for Refugee Week

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Old Fire Station, 40 George St
Oxford, OX1 2AQ
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"Following on from a photography project the women’s service launched in the lead up to, and on, International Women’s Day, they are hosting a gallery exhibition at the Old Fire Station on Weds 16 June, 11am-2pm. The launch event will include poetry, speeches and more, with an outdoors stall as well as socially distanced indoor gallery exhibition of portraits capturing the women and their stories."

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Walk with Amal – a Collage Workshop with Rana Ibrahim, by Goldsmiths STAR

June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Rana Ibrahim will be delivering an artistic workshop as part of her involvement in the Little Amal project – The Walk. Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of The Walk, travelling 8,000km in support of refugees. In 2021, the 3.5-metre-tall living artwork of a young Syrian refugee child will walk from July to November 2021 across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees. Building…

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We cannot walk alone – Music evening

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"What better a way to celebrate togetherness than coming together to share music and what it means to us! During the music evening, we will be  able  to  talk  about  music, what music means to us and our cultures, share songs, dances or anything creative, and create connections through our love of music. The theme of Refugee week is ‘we cannot walk alone’, so many of the songs we  share will have a  theme of  love and togetherness, in many…

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Marlow Refugee Action – “Learning Together” volunteer experiences Q&A

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Refugee Week 2021 Zoom Q&A Volunteer experiences of supporting refugees to gain education, skills and access to basic resources in the UK and in Greece. Full details here: "

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