Refugee Week starts on Monday 17th June

The theme of Refugee Week this year is You, me and those who came before #Generations

It is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations.  People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From the Jewish refugees of the 1930s, to people fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s, Kosovans in the 1990s to those arriving today; they are part of who we all are.

In our City of Sanctuary, Brighton and Hove residents can go on a journey of exploration, via an amazing array of diverse events, to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history.  There is also a Facebook page.

SIS will have a stall at the flagship Family Day event in The Dome

SIS Quality Assurance Manager Vikki Gimson is taking part in the Ration Challenge.  She will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee (living in a Jordanian camp) during Refugee Week – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil.  The money raised will provide food, medicine and education for refugees; and support the wider work of Concern Worldwide UK to tackle hunger and extreme poverty amongst the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest places. If you would like to support her effort you can sponsor her