We’re incredibly excited to celebrate Refugee Week 2021!
Celebrate Refugee Week with us. Take on our Seven Days Challenge, join us at our special events and do your bit to celebrate and support refugees and asylum seekers in Berkshire and beyond.
Find out what we’ve got planned below and use the links to jump to different sections:
Seven Actions For Seven Days
We are challenging everyone to undertake Seven Actions For Seven Days during Refugee Week, to help refugees and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives in Berkshire.
Day Two: Tue 15th June
Demand ‘Safe Routes Now!’
We’re part of the national campaign demanding the Government introduce safe and legal routes to claim asylum in the UK. Claiming asylum is a human right, but without providing safe, legal routes to apply, the Government forces hundreds of children and adults who have escaped war and persecution to risk their lives crossing the English Channel.
Join us in demanding Safe Routes Now, by signing the petition and sharing it on social media.
Sign the petition here: https://www.safepassage.org.uk/new-routes-now
Day Three: Wed 16th June
Sign up to our Supporter Newsletter
Every month we send out our Supporter Newsletter, telling you about our work and all the different ways that you can help refugees and asylums seekers in Berkshire.
Click here to sign up to our Supporter Newsletter, so you’re always involved: https://eepurl.com/RKqZ5
Day Four: Thu 17th June
Book a Ticket to our Online Film Screening
Join us for our online screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Sky And Ground, telling the story of a Syrian family’s 3,000 mile journey to find sanctuary.
The film will be followed by a Q&A Panel with special guests including Lord Alf Dubs, discussing the topics raised in the film.
Find our more and book your tickets here: https://rrsg.org.uk/sky-and-ground
Day Five: Fri 18th June
Sign up to give a Monthly Donation
Each year we help hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who have escaped war, violence and persecution. Many have been victims of human trafficking, torture and modern slavery.
We provide free legal advice, practical help, mental health support, English classes and social activities.
By donating £5 each month you can ensure that every refugee and asylum seeker in Berkshire can get the help they need to rebuild their lives.
Sign up to make a monthly donation here: www.rrsg.org.uk/donate
Day Six: Sat 19th June
Sign Up and Walk For Refugees on 12th July
The Reading Legal Walk is a 10km walk raising money for our free legal advice service. Each year we provide over 600 hours of free legal advice that refugees and asylum seekers cannot access elsewhere.
Sign up and walk with us on 12th July to help fund this vital service.
Find out more and sign up here: rrsg.org.uk/reading-legal-walk-2021/
Day Seven: Sun 20th June – World Refugee Day
Give the Next Generation of Refugees a Lifeline with a Gift in Your Will
To mark World Refugee Day, we’re asking you to consider helping the next generation of refugees in Berkshire by leaving a gift in your Will.
Leaving just 1% of your estate to RRSG could transform our work and guarantee the next generation of refugees can get the help and support they will need.
Barrett & Co. Solicitors are kindly offering a £100 discount on Will Services for RRSG supporters wanting to make or update their Will.
Read of Legacy Guide to find out more about leaving a legacy gift and how to receive your discounted Will Services here: rrsg.org.uk/legacies/
Refugee Week Events Programme
We are proud to present a programme of events celebrating refugee strength and creativity, in partnership with lots of brilliant organisations around Berkshire and beyond!
Mon 14th June – Islamic Art meets British Flowers
Local naturalist Adrian Lawson and Islamic artist and refugee Hadil Tamim have created a beautiful book about British flowers, presented in an Islamic Art style.
We will be showcasing the gorgeous new book by two of RRSG’s long-standing volunteers and supporters.
Presented in partnership with Two Rivers Press. This will be premiered here on our website and across our social media channels.
Tue 15th June – Emerging Voices
We are presenting a creative webinar, hosted by curator Khadija Niang and Islamic Artist Hadil Tamim, teaching refugees and non-refugees how to paint in an Islamic Art style, before they present a final collaborative artwork.
Presented in partnership with Rising Sun Arts Centre. This will be premiered here on our website and across our social media channels.
Wed 16th June – Fragments
We are presenting Fragments, our brand new series of powerful short films, written and performed by refugees in Berkshire.
We’ll present the six recorded theatre pieces, followed by a Q&A with BBC Radio 3’s Fiona Talkington discussing the work with the performers.
Presented in partnership with Rank & File Theatre and Arts Council England. This will be premiered here on our website and across our social media channels.
Thu 17th June – Sky & Ground: Online Screening + Q&A
Join us for our online screening of the incredible Sky And Ground, followed by a Q&A Panel with special guests including Lord Alf Dubs.
The Q&A will be free to watch on Facebook Live, but you will need a ticket to watch the film.
Book your tickets here: https://rrsg.org.uk/sky-and-ground
Presented in partnership with Reading Film Theatre and Deloitte Reading.
Sky And Ground: Online Screening + Q&A Panel
Thu 17th June | 7pm – 9.45pm | Online Event
Fri 18th June – Careful Listening
We’re presenting Careful Listening, a sound art project where refugees and asylum seekers listened to immersive sounds, and discussed social issues inspired by the sounds they heard.
Presented in partnership with University Of Reading and Ultra-red. This will be premiered here on our website and across our social media channels.
Fri 18th June – Islamic Art Meets British Flowers – Live Q&A with Authors – 7pm – Facebook Live
We are pleased to present a Live Q&A session with Hadil Tamim and Adrian Lawson about their beautiful new book ‘Islamic Art Meets British Flowers’. The Live Q&A will take place on Facebook live at 7pm, Friday 18th June.
Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/readingrefugees/live/
This event is presented in partnership with Counterpoint Arts, Refugee Week and Two Rivers Press.
Sat 19th June – Reading Waterfest
We’ll be at Reading Waterfest in Reading Abbey as we join the celebrations for the Abbey’s 900th anniversary! Come down and say hi!
Due to COVID restrictions, you need to book a free ticket and time slot.
Book Tickets here: https://whatsonreading.com/waterfest900
Sun 20th June – Reading Community Cup
World Refugee Day Football Tournament
To mark International Refugee Day, we’re launching the inaugural Reading Community Cup!
Bringing together Berkshire’s only refugee football team, Sanctuary Strikers FC, along with teams from University of Reading, Thames Valley Police and Reading West, the competition aims to promote unity and integration through the international language of football.
Venue: D Pitches (located behind the dome), Madejski Stadium, Shooters Way, Reading, RG2 0FL
Time: 10am – 3pm
Teams: Giving Back United (UoR), Reading West, Sanctuary Strikers FC, Thames Valley Police
The Reading Community Cup is created in partnership with Reading FC Community Trust, University of Reading, Reading City of Sanctuary and Reading Refugee Support Group
While you are here
Reading Refugee Support Group has been helping refugees and asylum seekers in Berkshire since 1994. Every year we support over 200 refugee families and individuals, and all our work is funded by donations from people like you.
Please consider making a donation today so that we can continue to help refugees rebuild their lives in Berkshire.