Refugee twinning – how you can help

We are looking for two kinds of help:

  1. Time and skills – we have various projects in development and need lots of different skills to make them happen. Seethe latest info on our project website Refugeetwinning.org
  2. Money – either a donation, or set up your fundraising campaign to make a contribution. See our Just Giving page here

Refugee 2.0 next meeting Jul 16 7pm

NEXT MEETING

This exciting community action is gathering steam. Do something positive. Come along and get involved. Everybody is welcome.

Come along and get involved! If you can write, speak Arabic, raise funds, have ideas, project manage, have good contacts, run events, build things…. we’d love you to be on board with one of our twinning projects to support the human in the refugee camp

Next meeting : 7pm, Sat Jul 16th, Hill Station

Our refugee action meeting on Jun 25 made amazing progress. 16 of us, including lots of new faces, gathered to discuss the project so far (Phase 1), outcomes of impact report and next steps. We also heard from Pamela who has spent time volunteering in Calais, and Boz who is working on a radio soap opera with Syrian refugees.

We focused primarily on the need to raise £14k for Phase 2.

Although there was some support for the original concept of the high profile evening event, it was generally felt that it was both too ambitious in the time frame and not necessary given the required budget. It was held as a concept for Phase 3 and a reconfigured idea was discussed to raise funds and awareness for Phase 2.

In its new format, the evening becomes a several day event building awareness and support. We discussed the following possible elements:

  • Kick off event on International Peace Day (Wed Sep 21) featuring the photojournalism project Soile is doing with Aske’s / the camp

Other events for Thurs / Fri featuring eg

  • Toymaking from recycled materials
  • Edmund Waller singing?
  • Mini Hexayurt building on Hill Station deck / parking area
  • Hexayurts containing experiences eg videos from the project, Syrian refugees living in London storytelling / music / craft, photojournalism display)
  • Stage Hill Station to reflect the camp
  • Run Calais Kitchen pop ups on Fri/Sat/Sun with music
  • Suggested ticket price = annual income eg if you earn £20k you pay £20, if you earn £100k you pay £100

 

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Refugee Week: our project Impact Report Jun 20

It is Refugee Week this week – and Global Refugee Day today.

It’s a huge problem. 60 million displaced persons. Where to start? It can all feel too much to even keep them all alive, let alone find a future.
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What we are doing with Artmongers and Bold Vision is small, but at least it works. Even if only a few dozen people have better well-being, it’s a start. It’s better than despairing or turning away.

You can be part of the next phase by coming along to our meeting at the Hill Station on Sat Jun 25, 7-9pm.

Or you can donate here.

Today we are publishing our Impact Report about the first phase of the project. Contact cmshovlin@gmail.com if you would like a copy.

Az evalIn it we explore the issues on the camp, explain our approach and share the encouraging results of our impact research using the 5 factors of well being.

 

Action Planning Meeting for Refugee project Jun 25

Come and join Artmongers and Bold Vision at the Hill Station (SE14 5TY) 7-9pm on Jun 25th to discuss our next two projects – the Refugee Experience Evening and Refugee Radio. More info available on request (cmshovlin@gmail.com). Lots of opportunities to get involved and make an enjoyable contribution to these ideas.

We are gathering people who can help with

  • Performing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Event managing
  • Social Media
  • PR
  • Recording / producing
  • Security

Is it you? Join the conversation, help shape these projects Jun 25th 7-9pm

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#peacerocks come to London Mar 2016

Show solidarity with Syrian refugees by making a peace rock and displaying it on your doorstep. Or giving it to someone you wan tot make peace with so they can display it on theirs.

We made them at Common Growth, outside the Hill Station and outside New Cross Learning. It was a joy.

Peace Rocks! Oh Yes it does… from Artmongers on Vimeo.

Peace Rocks in SE London

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Photo by Artmongers

First Artmongers made them in the Syrian refugee camp and now we are making them here as part of the Bold Vision Refugee Twinning project. These are free events. 

Show your support for the refugees and make a little peace right here. Maybe you will give your Peace Rock to a friend you fell out with. Maybe a neighbour you haven’t said hello to yet. Or someone who is new to your street.

Artmongers are running workshops all over the place for the next week with the help of Bold Vision. Come along and share the joy. It only takes a few minutes. We want to see Peace Rocks strewn all over the Hill and New Cross.

Wear old clothes. Bring along a small rock from your garden or your bathroom shelf. Rocks also provided for the hard up.

Maybe you have a few old pots of half used paint (preferably gloss paint) that you know you will probably never use. Why not bring those along too and share your colours.

Workshops will take place at the following Bold Vision venues:

  • Common Growth Garden: Sun Feb 28, 1-3pm
  • Hill Station Cafe:  Tue Mar 1, 3-5pm
  • New Cross Learning: Thu Mar 3, 4-5pm
  • John Stainer School (tbc)

Let us know if you would like to run a workshop at your place of worship, club or neighbourhood.

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Photo by Artmongers