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 Challenge

Refugee Week Events Programme

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 One: Mon 14th June

Follow us on Social Media

Follow us @ReadingRefugees on social media, and share a post telling the world that ‘Refugees Are Welcome Here’. Make sure to use #RefugeeWeek

Here are links to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin pages.

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 2021 - 14th-20th June

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.

View our showcase here

Islamic Art Meets British Flowers Book Cover

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.

View our webinar here

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.

We are not party to the theft poster from Fragments

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

Sky and Ground poster

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:

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

Reading Community Cup - Sunday 20th June

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.

Click here to donate today  

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