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We believe that if everyone does at least one of these simple actions, we could make a big change to the way refugees are perceived in the UK.

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Museums act

Big and small thing

Cook a dish from another country

Tell a child a story from another country

Do a quiz on refugees

Say a little prayer for me

Read a book about exile

Watch a movie about refugees

Sign off your email with a note about refugees

Find five facts about refugees

Find out who you REALLY are

Visit a Refugee Week event

Smile web home

Learn to say a few things in a new language

Invite a refugee for tea

Join a big action campaign in support of refugees

Share a song

Share your sweets

Give a book about refugees as a present to someone

Define the word “Refuge”

Take a picture of you and your pro-refugee banner

Play football with a refugee

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Refugee Week 2014 Simple Acts

Refugee Week 2014 is dedicated to refugee children and young people: our shared future.

We want to celebrate and show the world the positive, amazing contributions that refugee children make to the UK and will go on to make as our future generations.

This year Refugee Week runs between 16th-22nd June. You can show your support by completing your Simple Act of Welcome in the run up to or during the Week. But remember, always keep in touch – if you are using social media to share your fine work don’t forget to use hash-tags: #RefugeeWeek.

How to get involved:

We have hand-picked a few Simple Acts of Welcomeespecially for Refugee Week 2014. Read on below and get some ideas! And of course, there are lots more Simple Acts to choose from. We welcome you to get creative and select the ones that best suit your mood and hair do.

Tell Your MP

The story of democracy began with Ancient Greece and continues today. This Simple Act is about prompting you to get directly involved with your democracy, and to remind you that there are many different ways of doing this. You have a few examples listed below, but we are sure that you will come up with many others. Whatever you do, just don't forget to come back to this democratic site and tell us about it.

Here are some of the ways that you can get involved and make your voice heard:

Get in touch with your MP, a Member of the House of Lords, or your local councillor, invite them to Refugee Week events or let them know the issues affecting you in your local area.

Take a look at the brilliant work of the Brighter Futures Brighter Futures group run by our partner organisation Praxis, you can sign their petition which is addressed to the UK Home Secretary to let them know that you agree that: “It is unacceptable for the UK Home Secretary to force young people to wait for years in a limbo for a decision on their immigration case.”

Join a campaign in support of refugees

Does size matter to you? Our simple actions just aren’t big enough? In that case, how about you join a campaign that encourages you to write a letter to your MP; or to buy food-vouchers from asylum seekers; or to sleep out in the cold for a night; or to befriend a refugee; or to live on £35 a week…

What about joining the #BringBackDignity campaign that has been launched our partner organization Refugee Action? The campaign is all about bring the dignity back to our Asylum Support System after the Refugee Action's High Court Action exposed unlawful treatment of Asylum Seekers.

Tell a child a story from another country

Once upon a time there was a monster that lived in a country far, far away... Telling children stories from other countries widens their horizons and boosts their ability to link distant things with what they see around themselves. It exposes them to experiences that can make them less fearful of the unknown, encouraging them to become more open people who don’t see monsters where monsters don't exist.

We love Joe Sacco's comic books about Palestine and Bosnia.

Visit a Refugee Week event

Take a look at this simple formula: You + your friend + a Refugee Week event = A new perspective on refugees! Every year during Refugee Week hundreds of events take place all across the UK. Large or small, there are events happening near you which celebrate the music, art, literature, food, fashion, dance and ideas that refugees bring to the UK.

Why not take a look at all of the exciting and creative events that have been planned for Refugee Week 2014

Don’t forget to Tweet us at events to let us know how your experiences are shaping up: #RefugeeWeek

Take a picture of you and your pro-refugee banner

So, arm yourself with marker pens, colourful paper and scissors - and make a banner. Anything goes: words of support, smiley faces, and things like “I ♥ refugees” or “Refugees, you rock”.

As an added twist to this Simple Act, what about taking photos of you and your friends and family attending a Refugee Week event, what better way to show your support by documenting your attendance of events that support the rights of refugees?

Learn to say a few things in a new language

Scientists have discovered that learning just a few phrases in a new language can improve how you speak your own.

However, we think that the best thing about learning to speak a few sentences of another language is that it opens up the world of opportunity, possibility and chance encounters. You could even practice and exchange your new language skills with some of the people you meet at Refugee Week events.

and just in case that's not enough, why not explore the range of inspiring work being carried out by these lot...

The Children's Society

Freedom From Torture

Doctors of the World Project: London

Medical Justice

Refugee Action

Refugee Council


Migrant and Refugees Community Forum

National Homeless Alliance

Housing, People and Communities


Youth Access

Coram Children's Legal Centre

Asylum Aid

If you are a school, a library or a community organisation, or an individual who really wants to make a difference you can always get in touch with us for a chat and more information. When you do that don't forget to log your activity on our action counter!

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