Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a UK wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.

Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.

What is the event about?

Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.

Refugee Week is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

What events are happening in Preston?

Preston City of Sanctuary (PCoS) has organised two events in partnership with UCLan and Preston City Council.

PCoS Network meeting

On Monday 15 June 2020, between 6pm – 8pm, the Preston City of Sanctuary will hold a network meeting through Zoom.

This catch up session will talk about our recent lives as sanctuary seekers and organisations and explore resources, needs and opportunities as we come out of lockdown in the next few months.

The meeting will also discuss ongoing and future projects in Refugee Week and the coming months and the issues, problems and opportunities for sanctuary seekers in Preston.

To take part you will need to register for a ticket through Eventbrite. You will then be sent a link for zoom with joining instructions a day or two before the event.

Register on Eventbrite for PCoS Network meeting

Maintaining Mental Wellbeing and Resilience of Sanctuary Seekers

On Wednesday 17 June 2020, between 6pm – 8pm, the Preston City of Sanctuary will hold an awareness raising event as part of the Refugee Week celebrations.

The Preston City of Sanctuary Trustee Jeff Morgan will be the key speaker to present the importance of supporting the mental health needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, with a focus on how these traumatic experiences have impacted on their mental wellbeing.

Jeff will also present specialist and scientific recommendations to overcome the mental health issues faced by individuals who faced challenges such as the hostile environment, impact of Covid-19 on the forced migrant’s community.

Current evidence suggests that individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds have been hit harder by this pandemic. This talk will include testimonials from guest speakers who will share their past journeys, give examples of resilience and also explain how Covid-19 has impacted on their lives.

To take part you will need to register for a ticket through Eventbrite. You will then be sent a link for zoom with joining instructions a few days before the event.

Register on Eventbrite for PCoS Maintaining Mental Wellbeing and Resilience of Sanctuary Seekers

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