Practical Action

Greenbelt 2017 events on migration, asylum and refugees

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Greenbelt 2017 events on migration, asylum and refugees

If you’re attending the Greenbelt festival this weekend look out for some of the asylum and refugee-related talks and activities across the Boughton Estate site, north east of Kettering. Friday 25 August at 5.30pm. Climate theologian Dr Winston Halapua will talk about The Real Moana: Waves of God’s Embrace in the Pagoda. The Archbishop and Primate…

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Wifi Refugees – marketing advice for local businesses & fundraising for refugees

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Wifi Refugees – marketing advice for local businesses & fundraising for refugees

Earlier this summer, Andi Jarvis launched Wifi Refugees, offering free twenty minute marketing sessions to local businesses, in exchange for a donation to a local refugee charity. David from Soarscape was the first person to drop in for a session. Andi is a marketing consultant. He knows that small businesses often don’t have the budget…

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

Marking the one year anniversary of the operation of the UK’s community sponsorship scheme, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced £1 million of funding over two years to support community groups who want to help resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria. This time last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to…

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“This problem is not going away: it’s getting bigger”

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“This problem is not going away: it’s getting bigger”

A year after the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to live at Lambeth Palace, it seems that the community sponsorship scheme – which initially struggled to gain momentum due to Home Office processes that were not well oiled – seems to be picking up speed. Mayor David Henderson from Brockville Ontario in…

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Listen back to webinar on Anglican response to refugees

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Listen back to webinar on Anglican response to refugees

You can now listen online to the online meeting on integration, partnership and sanctuary hosted by Anglican Alliance and Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. Three presentations outlined how Anglican churches and agencies in the UK and Ireland work with refugees. http://www.sfar.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017-07-03-13.05-SFAR-_-Anglican-Alliance-online-audio-converter.com_.mp3 Revd Joan Lyon spoke about her work in Luxembourg, the need to open our…

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Church fundraising furnishes Milton Keynes home for resettled family

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Church fundraising furnishes Milton Keynes home for resettled family

St Mark’s Church in Milton Keynes handed over house keys to a refugee family last week after a fundraising campaign to furnish their new home with everything from toothbrushes to a fridge freezer. The Church of England explains that the church crowdsourced items through an online ‘wish list’ as well as raising money through coffee…

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

David Bradwell from Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees was one of hundreds of people who came together in Glasgow’s George Square this morning to form a human chain to mark World Refugee Day and show solidarity with refugees. The event was organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam Scotland and attended by…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

There are an enormous number of events planned across England for Refugee Week which begins on Monday 19 June. You can find many of them on the Refugee Week website. Only a tiny selection are previewed in this blog post. Quakers are running a series of events in London and across England. The Library in…

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 events

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 events

You can see a full list of events during Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 (from Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 2 July) on the Scottish Refugee Council website. Come and help form a human chain in Glasgow’s George Square in an event marking World Refugee Day on Tuesday 20 June starting at 11am. It’s an opportunity to…

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