This year Refugee Week will have been celebrating the contributions, resilience and creativity of refugees for 20 years. Thanks to people like you, it has grown to become a powerful and unique national movement, bringing communities together and making space for a different story about refugees.

Here’s how you can get involved in Refugee Week 2018:

Simple Acts

To celebrate Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary, organisers are inviting you to do one Simple Act to help change the way we see refugees, and ourselves.

This year the organisers have created 20 Simple Acts, one for each year of Refugee Week. From sharing a refugees welcome poster to learning a song written in detention, they are simple things everyone can do to stand with refugees and make new connections in their community.

For Simple Act number 7, Migrant Help is collating messages and creating giant welcome cards that will be displayed for the people we support. Your messages will be sent to asylum seekers across the UK so please send us your message of welcome to us on Twitter, through a Facebook message or by email.

With your help, Simple Acts will happen in schools, museums and galleries, theatres, community venues, football pitches, offices, on Twitter, around the dining room table and anywhere else you can think of for Refugee Week 2018, and together we’ll help to change the conversation about refugees.

We hope you’ll join us in taking part in the simple acts. Find out more on the Refugee Week website.

Hold an event

Refugee Week events come in all shapes and sizes and can be held anywhere, from concert halls to back gardens.

Use the 20 Simple Acts as inspiration, get in touch with others holding events in your community, grab your Refugee Week materials and, when you’re ready, add your event to the Refugee Week online calendar.

For advice and guidance get in touch with the Refugee Week coordinators.

Attend an event

Refugee Week events are going to take place in their hundreds up and down the UK, from gigs, film screenings and plays to walks, talks and football tournaments.

Most events free and many are family-friendly. Visit the Refugee Week website to find out what’s on in your area.

Come along to the launch event and take part in our activity 'Life in 20 colours'. 

Refugee Week at your school

Thousands of children and young people take part in Refugee Week every year, engaging in refugee experiences through creative and educational activities.

If you’re interested in getting involved at your school or college, take a look at the education resources section of the Refugee Week website, which has links to lesson plans, films, books and schools speakers.

Show your support

Don’t forget to grab your Refugee Week 2018 kit (including t-shirts, banners and FREE posters and postcards) from the Refugee Week online shop.

Join the conversation online

Share your Refugee Week plans, reflection and memories online using #RefugeeWeek2018, and tell us how you got in with Simple Acts using #SimpleActs.


Refugee Week is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts. For more information, visit www.refugeeweek.org.uk or email [email protected]