Refugee Week – Big Local Walk and Talk June 2021

The theme for Refugee Week 2021 was #WeCannotWalkAlone so at Big Local Broad Green on 17th June 2021 we teamed up with We Stand Together and hosted a ‘Walk and Talk’; an informative guided walking tour of London Road, a surprise Archery Session and a shared lunch at the Big Local Broad Green Hub, Keeley Road.  To top it all off participants were also treated to an interactive introduction to SimplyConnect, Croydon’s online directory of support services, events, activities and opportunities.   

The highlight however, was hearing the personal stories and experiences which participants shared of coming to the UK and building their lives here. 

“I really enjoyed the archery today, it’s something I never thought that I would do” 

Debi 

“I really enjoyed the archery, and I hit the yellow three times!” 

Precious 

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. 

Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week enables people from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels, as well as encouraging understanding of why people are displaced, and the challenges they face when seeking safety.  Refugee Week is a platform for people who have sought safety in the UK to share their experiences, perspectives and creative work on their own terms. 

Refugee Week’s vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to be able to live safely within inclusive and resilient communities, where they can continue to make a valuable contribution. 

Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, and anyone can get involved by holding or joining an event or activity. Refugee Week events happen in all kinds of different spaces and range from arts festivals, exhibitions, film screenings and museum tours to football tournaments, public talks and activities in schools. 

Big Local Broad Green’s priorities as identified in our Big Local Plan 2020-23 include “Support to Vulnerable People” in particular “Welcoming new residents, including refugees/migrants and those moving into new developments” and “Access to information and signposting to information and support”.