17 Jun 2011

The Children’s Society is this year stepping up our involvement with Refugee Week, which takes place from 20-26 June.

We are excited by this opportunity to be involved with such a positive celebration. This year Refugee Week is celebrating 60 years of refugees’ contribution to British society since the UN Refugee Convention was founded.

The Children’s Society will be celebrating with events in both Manchester and Rochdale. We are also taking part in the Umbrella Parade on 19 June in Central London.

In Rochdale, The Young Heritage Detectives project is celebrating the end of their project with a launch celebration of all the work young people have taken part in. The heritage project has supported young people to explore their cultural traditions and that of other people in Rochdale.

Refugee Week’s purpose is to highlight positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees. Refugee Week does this through arts and cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. It promotes understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and the countries they seek refuge in.

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For more information, please contact Rafi Cooper in The Children’s Society media office. Tel: 020 7841 4526. Email: rafi.cooper@childsoc.org.uk