This year's theme for Refugee Week is 'imagine' - so we'd love to see people in Oxfordshire unleashing their creativity to positively embrace refugees and imagine the kind of place we want to see around us.
Step one - IMAGINE
Whilst we’re asking our clients to ‘imagine Oxford’ from their own perspectives as refugees, we’re asking supporters to use their creativity to imagine Oxfordshire in new ways. Imagine coming here for the very first time. How would you like your community to support refugees? Maybe you’ll imagine a future where we’ve found new ways to care for our planet, look after our communities or celebrate our differences. Or perhaps you’ll imagine what it’s like to have to leave your family behind, or what your hometown might look like to someone walking its streets for the first time. Here are some prompts to help get you started:
Draw, paint, craft or write a poem or story about the world you want to see
Write a poem or short story starting with ‘Imagine if…’ or ‘Imagine a world where…’
Imagine you had to leave your home behind. What would you take with you? What would you hope to find?
Step two - SHARE
We’d love to see what you create, and what prompted you to imagine. Please send us your submissions by Fri 12th June (or the very latest Monday!!) so that we can collate them ahead of Refugee Week and get ready to share them with our supporters. We are hosting an online event on Thursday 18 June, 6:30-8pm to showcase a selection of the submissions and share insights from some of our staff, volunteers & clients about refugee experiences.
You can photograph your artwork or send in your writing to us via a staff member, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, tag us on Facebook @RefugeeOxford. Please share your name and a short message with your creative piece, and confirm you are happy for it to be shared.
Step three - SUPPORT
Finally, we’re running this ‘Imagine’ campaign to promote the contribution refugees have made in the UK, but also to raise awareness of the important work we do to help refugees and asylum seekers with mental health support and other services enabling them to build new lives in the UK. If you've been inspired to imagine Oxfordshire in new ways, please consider a donation to support Refugee Resource in one of the following ways:
Thank you. Our work is only made possible by our amazing funders and supporters.