Refugee Week

JRS UK Gospel Choir
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, in order to encourage a better understanding between communities.Jesuit Refugee Service UK is marking the event in three ways.JRS UK Director Sarah Teather has been invited to write and present BBC Radio 4’s  Prayer for the Day which is broadcast...
Celebrate Refugee Week in style with a special performance from JRS UK Refugee Gospel Choir. The choir will be performing contemporary gospel pieces, alongside some well-known favourites.Directed by Magdalena Supel from Soul Sanctuary, all the members of the JRS Gospel Choir are refugees and people seeking asylum; who are supported by JRS UK. Each Wednesday afternoon the choir gather to practice and rehearse, and they come together to share with one another.Matilda Tonkin Wells, who helps to co...
Carine paralympic gold medal winner
On World Refugee Day 2016, as Britain begins Refugee Week, a week-long nation-wide festival promoting the contribution of refugees to British society, the team at JRS UK are celebrating the Gold sporting success of one of their refugee friends. They are also trying to take in an extraordinary gesture of generosity. Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather explains: “At JRS UK we have supported Carine for a number of years in small ways. We helped her with some costs towards her wheelchair,...
Choosing images for the upcoming JRS photography exhibition
Now in its 16th year, Refugee Week continues to provide a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the UK. Many of those images have been produced by refugees themselves through a photographic project organised by the Jesuit Refugee Service.Nine would-be photographers from JRS-UK took part in a training course and produced an exhibition of photos which was displayed at the Lumen Gallery in London this summer. It will be...
A new photography exhibition showcasing work produced and curated by a group from Jesuit Refugee Service UK is due to open on 26 June in central London.Come and see…Refugee Voices is being presented in association with Fotosynthesis. Over a period of 12 weeks, a group of nine individuals from different countries with diverse ways of seeing their lives came together to learn new photography skills and to share their perspectives. Their insights and personal experiences shape this...