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29th Sept 7:30PM Benefit Concert

On Sat 29 September 2018, 19:30 – 22:30 BST, at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, MK5 6DX, One World Club MK will be presenting a benefit concert to raise funds for Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes. Come hear some great World Music, eat some great World Food*, and support Refugees Welcome MK! *World Food Buffet (incl. Halal & Vegan) from 7PM throughout the evening (separate donations for food are always welcome). Tickets £5 from rwmk.eventbrite.co.uk - numbers limited - book early!  We are delighted to announce the following line-up of performers for this event: Bilal Walasali (Syrian Singer). Crossroots... read more

World Refugee Day (20th June), Refugee Week (18th-24th)

20th June is World Refugee Day: We will gather at 6:30PM for 30 minutes at the MK Rose in Campbell Park (location info at theparkstrust.com/parks/milton-keynes-rose) to remember refugees and migrants thoughout the world – and those who have found a home in Milton Keynes.   Before attending, please check rwmk.org.uk/events for late-breaking updates/details and additional events.   OTHER REFUGEE WEEK EVENTS IN MK:   June 18th-24th is Refugee Week, which takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20th June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme (see refugeework.org.uk) of arts, cultural and educational events... read more

June events: Iftaar (3rd), Refugee Week (18th-24th)

Truby's Garden Tea Room invites you to the Great Get Together Iftaar 2018 on Sunday, 3 June, 7.30pm -10.30pm to join the communities of Milton Keynes in celebrating diversity and everything that unites in celebration of the blessed month of Ramadan.  This event is brought together with support from MK Community Foundation and hosted by Trubys Garden Tea Room (an interfaith cafe lead by Muslim Women to create opportunities for positive dialogue between Muslims and the wider community) in collaboration with a range of diverse faith and cultural community groups. See the details and links to booking information on our Events page at rwmk.org.uk/events   Later in June... read more

A Real Kickstart with MK Dons

MK Dons are hoping to offer refugee families a range of activities following a recent meeting at MK Stadium between Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) and the MK Dons Sports and Education Trust (MKDSET). MKDSET’s Dean Dixon and Amy Humphries outlined sporting, educational, family and work-related activities that might interest refugee families and which could start very soon. Our photo shows (left to right) Marie Gracie, Bassem Al Haj and Catherine Jeffrey of RWMK, and Dean Dixon of MKDSET.  Amy Humphries took the picture (thanks Amy!). Speaking after the meeting, the RWMK team thanked Dean and Amy for talking so enthusiastically about their ideas and acknowledged the help of... read more

Refugees Take to the Hokey Cokey

Children from Syrian refugee families learned how to do the Hokey Cokey at Ragdolly Annas, Milton Keynes, last Saturday (April 14).  Parents and children from families hosted in MK by Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) and the local British Red Cross (BRC) danced along to ‘Heads, Shoulders,  Knees and Toes’ and more modern songs such as ‘Baby Shark’. A volunteer interpreter provided by BRC was on hand to ease any language difficulties which disappeared once the music started. ‘To see the families engaging and participating was a moment of pure joy,’ said Kerri Chana of the BRC. ‘The session was full of fun and laughter.  They all loved the props and games, and a... read more

Cakes Aid Refugees

Delicious home-made cakes helped raise much needed funds to house Syrian refugees in Milton Keynes last Saturday (April 7).  The fund-raising event was held at Truby’s Garden Tea Room. “We sold out completely,” said Truby’s Kurshida Mirza, “and raised £1,120 towards settling Syrian refugees in MK.” Truby’s, an inter-faith community cafe run by British Muslim women, are hoping to raise £3,000 which will equip a house for use by a refugee Syrian family.  Working with the local British Red Cross and Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK), they are planning two more events, dates to be confirmed, to achieve the total £3,000. Truby’s is a member of Citizens:MK and works... read more

Partnerships of Hope – Working Together for Refugees, 21/4

We're pleased to announce “Partnerships of Hope - Working Together for Refugees” taking place Saturday 21st April, 10am-4pm, at New Road Baptist Church, Oxford. Whether you are already involved in supporting refugees, would like to be or are just exploring, this event organised by Christian Concern for One World* is for you. A range of groups and organisations from across the Thames Valley will be participating in the day, which will include speakers, workshops and stands. It is an opportunity for information, networking and encouragement. For further details and to register, please go to http://www.ccow.org.uk/event/partnerships-of-hope/ (contact info at bottom of page). This event... read more

Just One House: Get Involved

Our partners at the British Red Cross have now taken over the responsibility of setting up the homes for new families, but we are still looking for organisations (faith groups, businesses, clubs or others) who are willing to fundraise to cover the cost (£3500) of furnishing ‘Just One House' and, if possible, also to introduce volunteers who are willing to train to support the families as buddies.  If you know any organisations who might want to support us in this way – please get in touch by sending an email... read more

Thanks to David Lock Associates for Refugee ‘Just 1 House’ Work

Chairman Tim Norwood presents Caroline Brown and some members of the ‘Just One House’ Team from David Lock Associates (DLA) with a very well deserved THANK YOU (Weds 7th March 2018).   The team have kitted out several houses for Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes in amazing style and with everything they might need - adding their special touch to provide truly welcoming homes for new families arriving in Milton Keynes under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.  If you know an organisation who might want to do the same – please get in touch by sending an email... read more

‘DO SOMETHING BIG’ Meeting Highlights

On 19th February at 6:30PM Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes hosted a special Supporters’ Meeting in which we asked for supporters to step up and ‘Do Something Big’.  Highlights of the meeting included our requests for people to help with (a) the integration of families in Milton Keynes , (b) welcoming families , and (c) raising awareness of the issues affecting refugees and migrants . A PDF version of the slides from the evening (for those who missed it or would like a record/reminder of what was said and the contact details) can be found by clicking on the following link: Supporters Meeting 190218 v1.3.pdf A lively series of discussions followed the presentations, and several... read more