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November 2020

Access to Higher Education for young refugees and asylum seekers: training for practitioners

November 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Online – in your own home
£60 – £70

"The training is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about educational progression for young refugees and asylum seekers, and will enable participants to: grapple with particular difficulties that asylum seekers face in accessing, remaining and progressing in HE understand what different young people with a variety of immigration status' are entitled to, including fee status, student finance, scholarships etc. learn about the latest policy and legal developments affecting HE for this group of young people grow in the ability…

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Looking after myself – for refugees

November 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Trauma Awareness series: November 2020 Online training Each session will be run twice – in the daytime and the evening – to allow as many people as possible to attend. The content will be the same in both sessions. Trauma-awareness in refugees: Tuesday 3rd November: 1-2pm, Wednesday 4th November: 7-8pm Many of the people we meet in our church refugee work have experienced significant trauma which continues to affect their daily lives. Join us to learn what we mean by…

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Reading Refugee Support Group AGM

November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"You are warmly invited to attend our online AGM Tuesday 17th Nov 7.00 pm.  Please register with the link below. We are delighted to announce we will be joined by: RRSG patron Olivia Graham Bishop of Reading                                       and the High Sheriff of Berkshire Mary Riall. If you could kindly register your attendance by following the link, this will help us with arrangements. Please click here to register for the RRSG AGM 17th Nov 2020 (press Ctrl and click)."

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Zoom webinar – From the ashes of Moria refugee camp to a new migration system?

November 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Speakers: Elźbieta Goździak (Adam Mickiewicz), Franck Düvell (Osnabrück) On the 8th September 2020, Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesvos burned down. It is a humanitarian catastrophe in a camp designed to host around 3,000 people, but was hosting 13,000 people when the fire broke out. The immediate priorities for the Greek government are to find housing, water and food for the homeless migrants and refugees. The local community is reacting to reconstruction efforts. This catastrophe highlights the need…

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Looking after myself – for refugees

November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Trauma Awareness series: November 2020 Online training Each session will be run twice – in the daytime and the evening – to allow as many people as possible to attend. The content will be the same in both sessions. Trauma-awareness in refugees: Tuesday 3rd November: 1-2pm, Wednesday 4th November: 7-8pm Many of the people we meet in our church refugee work have experienced significant trauma which continues to affect their daily lives. Join us to learn what we mean by…

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National Refugee Prayer Hour

November 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"We had a great time on Saturday praying for those facing detention in the UK. People joined us from all over the UK - how amazing that we can join together online to pray in this way! It was particularly great to hear Angie and Gerry's testimonies of how God was with them as they faced detention. Join us next time on 7th November as we pray for public perceptions of refugees. Register at refugee-prayer-hour.eventbrite.co.uk."

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Refugees as Human Shields: In Conversation with Neve Gordon

November 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"Professor Neve Gordon (Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Queen Mary University of London) From Hungary to the US-Mexico border all the way back to the Czech Republic, women-and-children seeking asylum have been cast as ‘human shields’. In this webinar, Neve Gordon will be talking with Anne Irfan about the history of human shielding, whilst highlighting the gendered and racial dimension of ‘refugee shielding.’ Why, Gordon will ask, has the figure of the human shield become so prominent in…

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Public Lecture Series: Decolonising Forced Migration

November 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"Tesfalem Yemane, who is the current holder of the Marks Scolarship which RSN coordinates, is facilitating a seminar series on 'Decolonising Forced Migration: Political (Un)-Intelligibility, Reflexivity, & ‘Epistemological Agency’. The series aims to promote critical thinking on questions regarding the production and circulation of knowledge on forced migration, which is often dominated by researchers in the Global North. If you'd like to support Tesfalem and learn more from researchers with lived experience, book the free seminar on Thursday 24th November…

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Refugee Nights – virtual festival

November 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Refugee Nights is a virtual festival created by the IWM Institute marking its launch in November 2020. 17 & 24 Nov, 1 Dec.    Online.    Free. From those risking everything to cross the seas, to thousands who experienced the devastating fire in Lesbos’ Moria camp last month, 2020 has seen the highest levels of displacement on record. With an estimated 79 million people currently displaced worldwide, media attention has gravitated back to the so-called refugee crisis. But how much…

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Understanding the UK asylum system

November 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Legal Awareness training Get equipped to support asylum seekers you know through the legal process of claiming asylum in the UK, without giving legal advice. This training will be run by Chris Lane. Chris is a Church of England curate in Walsall. Prior to his ordination, Chris was a barrister, based in Birmingham, specialising in immigration and asylum law with a particular emphasis on representing persecuted Christians. Chris has significant experience in this area of law as well as in…

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Welcome to the Word – Foundations Course

November 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Following the successful launch of the Welcome to the Word Foundations course last month , we have decided to re-run the session to give you a chance if you missed the last one. The Welcome to the Word – Foundations Course is a six session course designed for people who want to find out more about the Christian faith and are brand new to the Bible. It uses a Discovery Bible Study approach for use with refugees coming from other religious…

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December 2020

Refugee Nights – virtual festival

December 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Refugee Nights is a virtual festival created by the IWM Institute marking its launch in November 2020. 17 & 24 Nov, 1 Dec.    Online.    Free. From those risking everything to cross the seas, to thousands who experienced the devastating fire in Lesbos’ Moria camp last month, 2020 has seen the highest levels of displacement on record. With an estimated 79 million people currently displaced worldwide, media attention has gravitated back to the so-called refugee crisis. But how much…

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Helping Christian converts with their legal claims

December 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Legal Awareness training Get equipped to support asylum seekers you know through the legal process of claiming asylum in the UK, without giving legal advice. This training will be run by Chris Lane. Chris is a Church of England curate in Walsall. Prior to his ordination, Chris was a barrister, based in Birmingham, specialising in immigration and asylum law with a particular emphasis on representing persecuted Christians. Chris has significant experience in this area of law as well as in…

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Seminar – Refugees and racial capitalism: what ‘integration’ in the labour market means

December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Refugees and racial capitalism: what ‘integration’ in the labour market means Professor Elizabeth C Dunn (Indiana University) Refugee resettlement has long been seen as a purely humanitarian act. When refugees are “integrated” into the labour market, it is seen as a tool to promote values such as self-sufficiency and dignity.  But refugee labour is often needed by host countries, and refugees are often inserted into industries where they are tasked with jobs host country nationals refuse to do. Using the…

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Brightwell Supporting Refugees / Save the Children Fund Christmas market

December 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brightwell Village Hall, West End
Brightwell Cum Sotwell, OX10 0RT United Kingdom
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"The BSR team have been very busy making home made gifts like jams and chutneys, plants, knits and sewing items and we have had some lovely donations from supporters. The BSR virtual Christmas market is now open - please visit us on https://www.facebook.com/Brightwell-Supporting-Refugees-Christmas-market-112218460712548/ Save the Children Fund / Brightwell Supporting Refugees Christmas market is definitely on - 10am - 1pm on Saturday 5th December outside village hall and around the war memorial."  

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Refugees Still Welcome Assembly and the Community Sponsorship Awards

December 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online – in your own home

"Join us this St Nicholas’ Day to celebrate and recognise the champions of refugee resettlement, and to call on the government to welcome a further 25,000 refugees by 2025. Good old St Nick is the patron saint of children, has ties to the Middle East, and is the inspiration for Santa Claus – so what better day to gather the Refugees Welcome movement for a Zoom Assembly to: Celebrate the resettlement of 20,000 refugees (many of whom are children) between…

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Strength and Hope for Troubled Times: Advent prayers and reflections from and with refugees

December 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online – in your own home

Join us in praying for refugees and those walking alongside them in the Thames Valley and beyond. Each month we have been praying for specific needs of refugees and those supporting them, with a particular focus on our local area.  Our December meeting will be a special one. We will hear from three people with experience of being refugees and pray in response to their reflections. Online event on Zoom. Please register on Eventbrite to receive the login details. We…

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January 2021

In conversation with Emily Kenway – The Truth About Modern Slavery

January 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"We’re delighted to welcome Emily Kenway to discuss her new book, The Truth About Modern Slavery (January 2021) The Truth About Modern Slavery is a radical unpicking of modern slavery in all its forms in the UK. From men working in Sports Direct warehouses for no pay, to teenaged Vietnamese girls trafficked into small town nail bars, many immigrants find themselves trapped. And while our government paints itself as a crusader against this exploitation, in reality very little has been done. If…

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Time of Prayer for Refugees and Those Walking Alongside

January 14 @ 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. Each month we will pray for specific needs of refugees and those supporting them, with a particular focus on our local area. We will hear from someone with experience locally to inform our prayers. This month we will be joined by Leslie Topp from Blackfriars Refugee Aid which has supported a Syrian refugee family to resettle in Oxford under the Community Sponsorship scheme.…

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National Refugee Prayer Hour

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – in your own home

"Join as Christians from across the UK from 7pm-8pm to pray with and for refugees. We will be focusing on praying for the UK Home Office. Register today in order to receive the Zoom link beforehand. Please invite others you know to register as well. (Please don't share the Zoom link with others directly so that we know who is on the call). Register here."

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