Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. It's held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20th June.
Refugee Week is celebrated with programmes full of arts, culture, and other educational events to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and helping communities connect.
During COVID-19, refugees have particularly struggled and it is now more important than ever for us to come together-no matter our distances and differences.
We have come up with 5 fun ways to get involved with Refugee Week. And-bonus!- you can do them all right from your sofa. That's a win/win/win in our book.
So, why not give them a swirl!
1. Learn a Language
With NaTakallam’s online language lessons, you can learn a language while providing a direct income to refugees. They offer Arabic, French, Persian, and Spanish lessons delivered by teachers who are themselves refugees. Whether you’re a total newbie or want to advance your skills, it’s the perfect way to become a seasoned linguist. Learn more here.
2. Go Shopping
Our friends at The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) run an online marketplace where you can buy amazing products from refugee-led businesses, including handmade mindfulness puzzles, fashion, and food products. Many of the entrepreneurs have graduated from Ice Academy which we run in partnership with TERN. You can also make a donation to an all-important emergency loan fund in exchange for discount and loyalty cards.
3. Join TimePeace’s Online Community
The wonderful folks at TimePeace help connect locals, refugees, and people seeking asylum in the UK. Their online Slack community is a fun and safe space for anyone to chat or join weekly activities like meditation or their book club. Learn more here.
4. Get Cooking with Migrateful
If it has to do with great food, we’re in. Migrateful’s amazing refugee and migrant chefs are run online cookery classes so you can learn delicious new recipes to try in your own kitchen. Sign up for a class here.
5. Do a Simple Act
The Refugee Week organisers have compiled a list of 8 simple things you can do to take part in Refugee Week inspired by this year's theme 'Imagine.'
Check them out here.
There's never been a more important time to support each other or join in with Refugee Week. And when it's this fun and easy, there's no reason not to!
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