Refugee Week is a UK – Wide event marked annually since 1998. The week celebrates refugees creativity, resilience and contributions to society. The week coincides with World Refugee Day which is observed on the 20th June. In this blog we reflect on how King’s marked the week and look at some of the practical ways you can support refugees throughout the year.
Refugee Week at King’s
The theme for 2022’s Refugee Week was ‘Healing’. To make the week King’s hosted a series of events to connect, educate and listen. You can explore some of the events that were held here. Highlights included:
- Refugee Week: A celebration of refugee artists – which celebrated refugee artists and their resilience
- Refugee Week x London Climate Action Week: The climate crisis and refugees – the event brought experts together from 3 different perspectives to ask: How is the climate crisis affecting displacement? What are the legal implications? What actions can we take and what campaigns can we get involved in?
- Connecting with Charities: Refugee Week 2022 – King’s volunteering hosted an online event with speakers from The Learning Station Project, Refugee Education UK and South London Refugee Association – three brilliant community partners that are working to support displaced people living in London.
King’s Sanctuary Programme
‘The 10-year vision of the Sanctuary Programme is to realise the educational potential of forcibly displaced young people.’
In 2015 thr Sacnctuary Programe was formed in response to the huge issue of forced displacement around the globe, impacting more than 100 million people. The aim of the programme is to deliver projects that create positive opportunities for young people who have has their education disrupted due to displacement.
The programme is an umbrella for a number of projects at King’s College London. Initiatives Include:
- Sanctuary Scholarships.
- Homes for Ukraine University Sponsorship Model.
- Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA).
- Plus many more. You can explore all of the projects in full here.
STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
STAR us a student run organisation that is part of KCLSU. The student group raises awareness of issues affecting refugees and promotes the integreation fo refugees and asylum seekers into society.
The group offers a number of volunteering and campaigning opportunities. You can learn get involved with STAR here.
Make a difference
- Volunteer with grassroots projects that support refugees in our local communities neighbouring the university. Visit the brand new King’s Volunteering platform to learn more.
- Simple Acts make all the difference. Look at the small things you can do to make a real difference listed on the Refugee Week website.
- Every Refugee Matters. Pledge your support for refugees with the Red Cross, who lead on work to support displaced people around the globe.
- Learn More by visiting the UN Refugee Agency’s website and explore what seeking safety means.
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