19 June 2017
The British Red Cross is celebrating the contribution refugees make to our society.
Along with a host of other organisations and communities up and down the country, Red Cross refugee services will be hosting and participating in a series of events for Refugee Week.
The theme for Refugee Week this year, ‘Our Shared Future’, is dedicated to the strength of the UK’s diverse communities – something that seems especially relevant at this time.
Rob Arnold, who works with the British Red Cross’ refugee support team, said: “The Red Cross supports around 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in need of help after fleeing conflict and oppression, every year.
“Refugee Week is all about celebrating their community, and the contribution they make to British society.”
Free refugee art exhibition
Young people from our refugee services in London and Kent are exhibiting their artwork at the Oxo Tower in London.
The exhibition, ‘All I left behind. All I will discover’, will run at the gallery on London’s Southbank from 21-25 June.
Elsewhere, Salford plays host to a Refugee World Cup and family fun day. Alongside a bouncy castle, face painting and ultimate frisbee sessions, teams of footballers from across Greater Manchester will compete for the coveted Refugee World Cup trophy.
The event takes place 10am-4pm, on Saturday 24 June, at Albert Park, Lower Broughton, Salford, and is open to all to attend.
This year, we also linked up with the Great Get Together, which took place this weekend, to emphasise the work we do in promoting integration in UK communities.
Events across the country marked the start of this year’s celebrations.
In Hull, a day of world music celebrating the positive contribution refugees make to UK culture took place on Saturday.
A mix of local, regional and national artists performed an extensive range of music from all continents.
The British Red Cross is also hosting a concert in Town Hall Square, Leicester on Saturday.
The free concert featured live performances from musicians and dancers including DMU Gospel Choir, Hamsa Mounif, a Zimbabwean choir and several local drumming groups.