Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. It was founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on 20 June.
This year the theme of the event is #WeCcannotWalkAlone- a message that has become even more relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important for us to acknowledge and celebrate Refugee Week with those who have had to build new lives elsewhere and support them to live safely within inclusive and resilient communities.
June Heslop, Co-chair of the BAME network, said: “We are excited to be taking part in Refugee Week. We are passionate about what we do, and creating positive social impact is important to us.
“When you consider the long history of migration and the reason for people moving, it is important for us to acknowledge and celebrate with those who have had to build new lives elsewhere”.
Refugee week vision is for refugees and asylum seeks to be able to feel comfortable and safe within the communities they live, where they can become aware of the support available and make a valuable contribution.
Mark Meredith, who oversees the Dover Pantry, said: “Dover Pantry helps people from all kinds of backgrounds and circumstances in the local area.
“The Pantry is considered to be a warm and welcoming environment, allowing people to choose food without stigma, and become aware of other support available by linking in with our project partner Dover Big Local, providing a complete arms around service.”
There are many refugee partnership projects co-ordinated and managed throughout Refugee Week 2021, and anyone can get involved by holding or joining an event or activity.
For more information on the Refugee Week vision, events, and a list of national partners, please follow the links below: Home | Refugee Week
We’re inviting you to do one or more of these eight Simple Acts, inspired by the theme ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’. Simple Acts | Refugee Week