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August 2019

Reading Festival Salvage with Marlow Refugee Action

August 26 - August 27
Reading Festival, Richfield Avenue
Reading, RG1 8EQ
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Marlow Refugee Action writes: "For the first time this year we are gathering a group of volunteers to go and help the salvage efforts at Reading Festival. We will be meeting up with our friends HERTS FOR REFUGEES who are old hands at this and send regular van loads of items over to Calais. We would love you to come along and help, if you'd like to register your interest or to find out more please email Sally at sally.jcraig@btinternet.com…

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September 2019

University of Sanctuary conference

September 4 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
York St John University
£30 – £60

"We are delighted to announce the first annual University of Sanctuary national conference will take place at York St John University on September 4th. Register Here Academics, professional staff, students, sanctuary scholars and many others will gather to explore how Higher Education Institutions can do more to build a practice and a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Click here to see the flyer. There are currently 10 recognised Universities of Sanctuary in the UK with many more working…

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Open hearts and open doors – hosting talk and discussion

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All Saints Marlow Church Hall, Causeway
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2AA
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"In 2015 at a Refugees Welcome demo, the crowd was asked, who would be willing to open up their home to a refugee or migrant in need ? The response was startling. Many people volunteered.  Since then Sanctuary Hosting have hosted 80 people in need across the Thames Valley, in the homes of members of the public with open hearts. We look forward to hearing from them about what hosting involves and how else we can support their work. We' ll…

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Conference: What is a “Church of Sanctuary”?

September 18 @ 11:00 am - September 19 @ 4:00 pm
Sarum College, 19 The Close
Salisbury, SP1 2EE
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£90 – £150

"What does it mean to be a ‘church of sanctuary’? This conference will explore the theology of sanctuary by looking at the biblical, historical, and ecclesiastical foundations of the practice of hospitality and provision of refuge. It will be of interest to church leaders, community groups, activists, and anyone else interested in exploring the theory and practice of sanctuary in the United Kingdom and Ireland in a Church context. The event is supported by Churches’ Refugee Network – Churches Together in…

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London Community Sponsorship Networking Event

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Migration Museum, 26 Lambeth High St Lambeth
London, SE1 7AG
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"Community Sponsorship enables people across the UK to transform the lives of vulnerable refugee families by welcoming them into their local communities and supporting them as they rebuild their lives in safety. Reset is the charity leading the Community Sponsorship movement throughout the UK. We heard from Community Sponsorship Groups that you wanted a chance to meet with other Groups to share your experiences - and here is your opportunity to do so! Reset will be providing an outline for the session,…

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Weekend Conference – Envisioning a world that is open to all: let us see what love can do

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - September 29 @ 2:00 pm
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, 1046 Bristol Road
Birmingham, B29 6LJ
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£95 – £165

"Jointly organised by Quaker Asylum Refugee Network, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Quaker United Nations Office and Quaker Council for European Affairs and Woodbrooke. A weekend conference learning about asylum and migration, hearing from those who have felt its impact, and working together to create the change that we need. Speakers, workshops, performances and panel discussions will explore the interplay between race, privilege and migration - how does it work, what can we do? Language and the media: challenging and…

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A Night of Jazz, Soul and Blues – for Brightwell Supporting Refugees

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brightwell Village Hall, West End
Brightwell Cum Sotwell, OX10 0RT United Kingdom
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"A Night of Jazz, Soul and Blues with George Potter and friends ... and featuring special guest vocals of Fleur Stevenson. Licensed Bar. Tickets £10 from Brightwell Village Stores or email brightwellrefugees@gmail.com A Brightwell Supporting Refugees Event."

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The Asylum System – Churches’ Refugee Network Meeting

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
St Andrew’s Church, Short Street
London, SE1 8LJ
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"Find out more about how the asylum system works and can be improved. This Churches’ Refugee Network Meeting will explore the current asylum system with the help of Home Office civil servants and those who have first-hand experience of the way it works. Light refreshments will be provided. Please book via Eventbrite."

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October 2019

Responding to the changing landscape for refugees

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, OX1 2DH United Kingdom
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5 October 2019 Programme 09:30 Registration and refreshments 10:00 Panel and Questions: Perspectives on how the national landscape has changed recently and continues to change Clara Della Croce, Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, and Associate Lecturer and Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Oxford Brookes University School of Law Kathy Voss, Campaigns Manager, Refugee Council 11:15 Break – refreshments available 11:45 Panel and Questions: Perspectives on the local response to the changing landscape Hadi Al Nuri, founder of the Syrian Community in…

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Churches welcoming refugees – by Welcome Churches

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, Farringdon
London, EC1R 0EA
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Free – £20

Welcome Churches writes: "Following the success of our first 'Churches Welcoming Refugees' day in March, we are delighted to be holding our next day in LONDON on 12th October. God is at work amongst the people seeking refuge in the UK! As the Church, we need to be ready to respond to the practical and spiritual needs of the people arriving in our communities. Join with other churches from across the UK and be inspired, equipped and resourced to grow…

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November 2019

Seminar: A human right to international freedom of movement

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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Public Seminar Series of Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford A human right to international freedom of movement - Dr Sarah Fine (King’s College London) "Sarah Fine is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College London. She is also a Fellow at the Forum for European Philosophy. She co-edited (with Lea Ypi) Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (Oxford University Press, 2016). Dr Fine’s research lies in the fields of contemporary political philosophy, ethics, and the history of…

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The Turkish state’s military operation in Northern Syria: a discussion with members of the Kurdish community in Oxford

November 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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"This event is a timely engagement with current developments in the majority Kurdish regions of Northern Syria in the context of the Turkish state’s ongoing “Peace Spring” cross-border military operation. UN reports estimate that hundreds of thousands of people have been forced into displacement as a result of the operation.  According to Amnesty International, there is “damning evidence” of war crimes against the civilian population by the Turkish state and its allies. The Turkish government wants to establish a “safe…

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Refugee Resource 20th Anniversary: Concert by the Radcliffe Orchestra

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Academic Centre, Headley Way
Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU
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£10 – £12

"The Radcliffe Orchestra will perform in aid of Refugee Resource’s 20th Anniversary on Saturday 9th November at 7:45pm in Tingewick Hall at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Doors open: 7.00pm Tickets are  £12 ( £10 for concessions) ​We hope you’ll be able to join us for what promises to be a wonderful musical evening. We will have an exhibition about Refugee Resource, so recommend that you arrive as soon as doors open at 7pm in order to explore the exhibition…

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Fundraiser for the Modern Slavery Helpline

November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St Andrew’s Church Oxford, Linton Road
Oxford, OX2 6UH
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£7.50 – £15

"ASIOX - Anti Slavery Initiative Oxford - is hosting an event in support of Unseen's Modern Slavery Helpline This is the only independent, confidential, 24/7 specialist hotline for anyone wanting to seek help or report modern slavery in the UK.  So far over 15,000 potential victims have been identified, including many British nationals. Without urgent funding, the Helpline will close on 30 November. Please join us for a drinks reception, canapés and live music, an excerpt from 'Bound', a physical…

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Talk: Goytom’s Journey from Eritrea

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gillese Room, Wadham College, Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PN
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"Goytom has been involved with KAMA since its beginning, running a very successful 'Introduction to Eritrean Culture' evening in October 2018. Now, at an event co-hosted by KAMA Oxford and the Oxford University Amnesty International Society, he will talk about his journey from Eritrea to his new home in Oxford, inviting questions and discussion as he goes. Described as 'a strange talk with a strange story of being stranger in his own country and being a family in a strange country',…

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Poetry with Muradi Bakir

November 16 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2PH
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"Hear Muradi Bakir’s touching poetry of motherhood and heart-breaking experiences as a refugee from the Syrian Civil War. At the Ashmolean One World Festival 2 pm, Sat 16 Nov 2019. Full programme here."

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A film discussion evening on Shelter Without Shelter

November 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Seminar Room 2, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TB
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"Three years ago, Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration) and Mark E Breeze (Director of Studies in Architecture, St. John's College, Cambridge) set out to make a documentary film to communicate the findings of their project on Architectures of Displacement. This looked at how governments and humanitarian agencies in six different countries provided basic shelter to refugees from Syria following the ‘summer of migration’ in 2015. Now complete, Shelter without Shelter relates a story of great hopes, profound challenges, and varying strategies…

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Marlow Refugee Action AGM & World-Cafe 2019

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marlow Rowing Club, Marlow Bridge Lane
Marlow, Bucks SL7 1RH

"Following the success of our event last year, we will again be hosting an annual review on the 18th November at the Marlow Rowing Club. We will hear from one of the people that we have been supporting at the Marlow Language Centre and from one of our volunteers to Samos. Plus we'd like to hear your views about what we are doing and where we should focus our efforts moving forwards."

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Arabic with Muradi

November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Oxfordshire County Library, Makerspace, Queen Street, Westgate
Oxford, OX1 1DJ
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"In her first KAMA session, Muradi will focus on MSA for beginners. Along with her mentor Janet, Muradi is planning a series of weekly Arabic lessons, including some writing practice. We would like to plan sessions based on your requirements, so please get in touch to let us know what you'd like to gain from these sessions, other than an engaging lesson from KAMA Oxford's first Syrian poet! Head up the main staircase, and Makerspace is to your left just…

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Access to HE for young refugees and asylum seekers: training for practitioners

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
near London Bridge tube London, + Google Map
£60 – £70

"Come and learn how to support young people to reach university. This three hour training session costs £70 per participant, or £60 for those from voluntary sector agencies. RSN’s access to higher education (HE) training for practitioners enables participants to: Grapple with the particular difficulties that young refugees and asylum seekers face in accessing, remaining and progressing in HE Understand what different young people with a variety of immigration statuses are entitled to re: fee status, student finance, scholarships, grants and other forms of support Learn…

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