It's #RefugeeWeek2017! What is #RefugeeWeek you ask? Well, It's a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural, and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Now we just so happen to think that every week (in fact, every DAY) should be in celebration of those strong, resilient, hopeful human beings we too often reduce to the word 'refugee.' Truly, we should do something every single day to help our fellow human beings, but for this week in particular, we are joining the hashtag and doing one action per day to support the fabulous effort of #RefugeeWeek2017
Today, we headed over to the Red Cross' Destitution Prevention Centre in Dalston to deliver clothing donations we have been collecting from YOU, our fabulous volunteers and supporters, since winter. And boy were they glad to see us! We learned a bit more about what they do at the centre, and so we wanted to pass along this information so that you can reach out to your local #BritishRedCross branch and get volunteering!
British Red Cross, Hackney Destitution Resource Centre
92 Dalston Lane, London, E8 1NG
What do they need?
Moments captured at the fundraiser graciously hosted last week by Myra Brunton and the Music Department of The Abbey School in support of our work with #refugees in association with Refugee Council UK and Orchestras for All #makesomenoise
We are incredibly grateful to have been honoured as the beneficiaries, and were overwhelmed by the positive support attendees provided. We're still tallying the donations! And more importantly, another 70+ people are perhaps even more aware of the difficulties unaccompanied refugees face in the UK, and have a better idea of how to be an ally.
Our #MakeSomeNoise programme has commenced! And it's a massive success! Since November 1, 2016, we have been running once monthly music workshops in the Refugee Council UK's Children's section in Croydon for the unaccompanied minor refugees who are presently in foster care as they await results on their applications for asylum.
Additionally, every Friday we give private music tuition in the form of small group theory lessons, individual instrumental instruction, choir practice, and more. As well as enhancing and deepening the community of support that these kids have available to them, we are preparing the kids to take part in Orchestra for All's National and Regional Modulo meets. As participants, our students will get to perform in an orchestra made up of children from across the UK who otherwise would not be able to afford or enrol in other orchestral programmes.
Keep up to date with our pupils' weekly progress on our facebook page and twitter feed @PlayForProgress.
Help us keep it going and DONATE NOW!
Support our #MakeSomeNoise programme for unaccompanied minor refugees living and awaiting their asylum applications in Croydon. We are working in partnership with the Refugee Council Children's Section and the National Orchestra for All, but need your support to be able to continue!
Over the past few weeks, co-founder Alyson has been in the news speaking up about the unrealistic and illogical new immigration policy that will apply to Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa holders.
She has contributed to articles in the Guardian, International Arts Manager, and on the #Stop35k campaign website thus far and will be featured by French Radio Classique and German television in the weeks to come. Alyson campaigns regularly for the rights of others, and it's only appropriate that we support her as she stands up for herself. So please do take a moment to get informed about the issue that will affect thousands of highly skilled men and women who contribute immensely to the UK and their adopted communities. Because in the end, we are all part of this #globalfamily and we need to work together to ensure that our society reflects the values we so fervently believe in.
We are searching for interns!
You may have seen Play for Progress featured in this article in the Guardian last week or featured in this video by the Deutsche Bank.
Since 2014 we, Alyson and Anna, have been developing our organisation, which delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes to children who are victims of conflict and war. We won the Deutsche Bank for Creative Enterprise, which provided us with £10,000 of seed funding to develop a curriculum of activities which we delivered in workshops in UK primary schools and in Thailand, where we held an international programme for Burmese refugee children in Feb-March 2015. In addition to planning our return to Thailand to continue our work there, we are in the process of establishing a year-long local programme for unaccompanied minors who are seeking asylum in the UK, in association with two well-respected NGOs. We are also in discussion with refugee camps and another NGO abroad in Erbil, Iraq and intend to launch our second international programme working with Kurdish children later this year.
As we enter into this new phase of development and growth, we are looking to gain the input and assistance of someone who is doing a degree or research in a subject related to our aims who would be interested in working with our swiftly expanding organisation.
•3 month internship with option to continue
•Paid on commission / determined by success of fundraising applications
•Regular meetings with founders to discuss strategy
•Can work from home
•Lead social media campaigns and broaden audience base in Twitter and Facebook
•Search for funding opportunities and submit relevant funding applications
•Liaise with corporations while seeking to establish CSR-related partnerships
•Manage newsletter and subscriber lists
•Assist at fundraising events
•Manage website changes and blog
•Option to assist on the ground in local programmes and abroad
•Comfort working internationally in refugee camps preferable
Please see below for further job description. If you would like to apply for the position or if you have any questions, please email your CV and a letter of interest to email@example.com
We hope to hear from you!
Economy Stories decided to feature us in their most recent video installment about social entrepreneurs. Thanks to support from Deutsche Bank, the video has made the rounds and is spreading our message about the vital importance of education, music, and child care all around the world. Take a moment to watch it yourself and see how #musicconnects.
(Don't forget to follow us on twitter! @PlayForProgress)
Today is an important day. One on which we all need to show with our physical presence our #SolidarityWithRefugees.
March to Downing Street with us and hundreds of other organizations (Refugee Council, Refugee Action, Amnesty International, etc) and thousands of people to show what you know to be right.
Show your #solidarity Today. Park Lane. 12pm.
If you're in Glasgow, march with Play for Progress co-founder Anna at 2:30 pm at George Square to show your #solidarity
This week we were delighted to be the subject of the latest installment of "Economy Stories," a documentary series by Deutsche Bank that highlights leading social entrepreneurs and their businesses. While we aren't a business, the documentary team saw the vital importance of sharing our message of using corporations' social responsibility budgets for global good in the arenas of trauma and the arts! We'll bring you the full film as soon as it's finished, but for the moment here are a few fun snaps from the day...