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June 2022

Didcot Refugee Support Group – Launch Event

June 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road
Didcot, OX11 7JN
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"Didcot Refugee Support Group are a Community Sponsorship Group and we are building a team of local volunteers to support and welcome a refugee family into our community. Meet new people who care about Didcot as a place of welcome for refugees Find out more about how the resettlement scheme works Find out how you can support this process or find different ways to support refugees locally or nationally Please RSVP here. Refreshments on arrival from 6:30 pm Wheelchair accessible,…

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Shut them Down! Resisting Immigration Detention in 2022

June 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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"Join an interactive webinar with speakers including Agnes Tanoh (Women for Refugee Women), Rosie Newbigging (Shut Down Yarl’s Wood) and Jonathan Ellis (The Detention Forum) discussing how to resist immigration detention." Book a place here.

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Managing boundaries and giving safely- for Hosts with Q & A session

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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"This training will focus on how to give to your guests without guilt or pressure, and in a way that is empowering to the guest. This training will focus on how to give without guilt or pressure, and in a way that is empowering to the person given to. We will look at making agreements safe, how we can get triggered without knowing it, how to avoid triggering the other, how to give when needs may exceed what we can…

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An evening of music and poetry – Exile and Healing

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Mary’s Church, Church Way
Iffley, OX4 4EJ
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"We've lined up an exciting group of people for this summer's evening of music and poetry about exile and healing. This event marking refugee week, is to raise funds for and awareness of the charity Freedom from Torture. It will feature the author Mark Haddon (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”), readings by poet Pat Winslow and music from around the world with Arne Richards (accordion) and Isabel Knowland (violin), interspersed with poems or passages about the…

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Trauma Awareness in Refugees

June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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"Come and join us for a live zoom training to help you and your church understand more about trauma in refugees, how it might be expressed and what we can do, as normal people in the church, that is helpful and not harmful for those that are welcoming and supporting. We have two sessions, Tuesday 21 June, 10- 11am and Wednesday 22 June 7:30 to 8:30pm to give everyone a chance to attend." Register here.

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Living Home: Neighbouring Difference – Exhibition

June 23 - June 24
OpenHand OpenSpace, 571 Oxford Rd,
Reading, RG30 1HL
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"23– 24 June, 12 – 4pm An exhibition of Second Year University of Reading Architecture students in collaboration with Design Partners from the Reading Refugee Support Group. Wheelchair accessible (outdoor space)."

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Hostile: Screening + Q&A Panel

June 23 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Reading Biscuit Factory, Unit 1A, Queen’s Walk (Corner of Oxford Road)
Reading, RG1 7QE
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"Join us at the Reading Biscuit Factory for a special Refugee Week screening of the incredible Hostile, followed by a Q&A Panel with special guests discussing the film and wider refugee issues. Book your tickets here: https://readingbiscuitfactory.co.uk/whats-on/hostile-panel-discussion Presented in partnership with Reading Biscuit Factory, Reading City of Sanctuary and Reading Film Theatre."

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Reading Community Cup Football Tournament

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Synthetic Turf Pitch, University of Reading, Shinfield Road
Reading, RG6 6DJ
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"After the success of last year, we’re pleased for the return of the Reading Community Cup! Bringing together Berkshire’s only refugee football team, Sanctuary Strikers Football Club, along with several guest teams, the competition aims to promote unity and integration through the international language of football. Venue: Synthetic Turf Pitch, University of Reading, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG6 6DJ Time: 10am – 2pm Teams: Sanctuary Strikers FC, Giveback FC, Burghfield FC, Thames Valley Police FC The Reading Community Cup is created in partnership with Reading FC…

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All-day bazaar for Refugee Week

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Magdalen College School grounds, Cowley Place
Oxford, OX4 1DZ
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"To mark Refugee Week 2022, Asylum Welcome is working in conjunction with Oxford's thriving network of Refugee Community Organisations to host an all-day bazaar in the grounds of Magdalen College School. Community organisations including the Oxford North African Community, Oxford Sudanese Supplementary School, Syrian Sisters, Iraqi Women Art and War (IWAW), Oxford Asian Women's Voice, BK LUWO Group and Refugee Resource Women's Group will sell food and other goods, share art and music, and raise awareness about the valuable work…

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Milton Keynes Friendship Festival

June 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Oakgrove School, Venturer Gate, Middleton
Milton Keynes, MK10 9JQ
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"A WELCOME EVENT for newly-arrived people from Hong Kong and a chance to meet locals from Milton Keynes! Children are particularly welcome. This Spring, UKHK is organising a series of Friendship Festivals and receptions across the UK, so we can all have fun together in the sun – people from Hong Kong, local churches and communities, and everyone in the neighbourhood! Mark the date, register for the free tickets today, and come have a blast and make new friends! This event at…

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Maya Youssef: Qanun Performance

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Festival Marquee, Magdalen College School Oxford, OX4 1DZ + Google Map
£5 – £15

"Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Her intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and flamenco styles. TICKETS: £15 (ADULTS); £12 (CONCESSIONS); £5 (UNDER-25) To book tickets: artsfestivaloxford.org/events/maya-youssef/"

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Congregate to reflect and learn at All Saints Church Marlow

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
All Saints Church Marlow, High Street
Marlow, SL7 2AA
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"MRA trustee Julie Purves will be presenting to the congregation at All Saints Church Marlow on the morning of Sunday 26 June. She will share information about the global context facing refugees today, and bring people together with messages of hope and healing, which is the central theme of this year’s Refugee Week. Her informative presentation is open to those of all faiths and none, and we hope that you can join her and the All Saints community to reflect…

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CRAG Sunday Tea Concert

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Charlbury Memorial Hall, Browns Lane
Charlbury, OX7 3QW United Kingdom
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"We'll be welcoming back our regular artist, harpsichordist Alastair Ross, who will be performing Geminiani cello sonatas with his son George Ross, a very talented and prominent baroque cellist. Save the date for a lovely afternoon of baroque music by this very special father/son duo. Tickets £12 (£6 for under 16s) are available from Cotswold Frames ... Some tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds to refugee relief. "

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Supporting Refugee Students in Schools

June 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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"This free webinar is aimed at teachers and school (primary or secondary) and/or college staff, but is also appropriate for individuals hosting refugees or anyone who wants to get some practical tools for supporting young refugees to flourish in education in the UK. ​The presentation will last one hour and we will spend 15 minutes answering questions. Drawing on our research and experience of working with young refugees and asylum seekers for over 12 years, REUK staff will: provide an…

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Hostile: Screening + Q&A Panel

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Corn Exchange, Market Place
Newbury, RG14 5BD
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£10 – £12

"Join us at the Newbury Corn Exchange for a special Refugee Week screening of the incredible Hostile, followed by a Q&A Panel with special guests discussing the film and wider refugee issues. Book your tickets here: https://cornexchangenew.com/event/refugee-support-group-presents-hostile-q-a-panel Presented in partnership with Newbury Corn Exchange."

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The Alice Driver Awards 2022

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reading Council Offices, Bridge St
Reading, RG1 2LU
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"The Alice Driver Awards for Inspirational Women are back! Celebrating women who’ve made a positive contribution the lives of people seeking sanctuary seekers in and around Reading. The awards are in memory of Alice Driver, a determined young woman who worked tirelessly to help refugees while fighting a long, tough battle with cancer. Entry is free, refreshments will be provided. Find out more here: https://refugeesupportgroup.org.uk/alice-driver-award-2022/ Presented in partnership with Reading City Of Sanctuary."

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Why should we value refugees? – Talk by Professor Alex Betts

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm
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"Wars, famines, persecution & economic inequality are creating forced migration across the world with millions of displaced people leaving their countries for a better life. But many aren't welcomed in their new home. How & why should we value refugees? We've all seen the images of refugees on boats in the English Channel or crossing the Mediterranean Sea, risking their lives to reach a new land. Whether driven to leave their homes by persecution, war, famine or a need to…

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Asylum hotel training: Churches supporting hotels accommodating asylum seeker

June 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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"A significant number of hotels across the UK are being used to temporarily house asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the UK. Come and learn about who is arriving, learn more about what their immediate needs are and how your church can offer a cross-cultural and trauma-informed welcome to those arriving in your community." Register here.

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July 2022

CRAG Art Fair

July 1 - July 2
Friends Meeting House, Market Street
Charlbury, OX7 3PH United Kingdom
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"Beautiful original art works, prints and more, on sale from a couple of pounds to thousands, at The Friends Meeting House in Charlbury. There’ll be art for all tastes and pockets on sale over the two days, and we’ll be serving coffee, tea and our home-made cakes. We’re asking local artists to donate an artwork for sale at the Fair – but you don’t have to be an artist to donate! If you need to make a bit of space…

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Asylum hotel training: Churches supporting hotels accommodating asylum seeker

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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"A significant number of hotels across the UK are being used to temporarily house asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the UK. Come and learn about who is arriving, learn more about what their immediate needs are and how your church can offer a cross-cultural and trauma-informed welcome to those arriving in your community." Register here.

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