This week we attended Counterpoint Arts' Refugee Week Conference at Amnesty International's headquarters and were encouraged by all of the conversations we had with fellow refugee support groups (arts-focused and otherwise) who met to discuss 'what ELSE can we do.' While Refugee Week is a positively brilliant mechanism for ensuring that celebrating refugees and their contributions is built into the calendar, we should be sure to remember EVERY that week is refugee week. Here's to connecting further and working together to ensure that ALL rights are preserved and all humans are celebrated.
See what you can do to celebrate and support refugee communities for #RefugeeWeek and every week.
Alyson and Anna were encouraged by the turn out and quality of discussion at last night's panel at University of Oxford's Somerville College. The two PFP Co-Founders joined Lord Alf Dubs, Ishamel (the first young person to be brought to the UK in safety following the Dubs Amendment), Beth Gardiner-Smith (of Safe Passage UK), Emma Reece (UNICEF UK), Tajmeet Gorwarah (refugee and Oxford student) and representatives of the Oxford City Council as panellists. The discussion was geared towards how we can better effect systematic change to ensure that we harness and encourage the power of public opinion, which favours the welcoming of more vulnerable people into the UK, and provide better and more comprehensive services for those who make it here.
The founders, Anna and Alyson