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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

Do Something Big – 19th Feb 6:30PM Supporters’ Meeting

Dear Supporter,   I'd like to ask you to do something big.   We're in the middle of the world's biggest refugee crisis, and many of us want to do more to help. Refugees Welcome has been working with our partners to welcome refugees from Syria, but we know that there is so much more to do: We need people who can help with the integration of families in Milton Keynes. We need people to help welcome families. We want to raise awareness of the issues affecting refugees and migrants. Our partners need your support in the work they are doing. At this point, we're not looking for new ideas. We're looking for leaders and doers - people who can step up... read more

See and hear an MK buddy family paired with a Syrian refugee family

One of the many ways RWMK works with the British Red Cross is by partnering as a ‘Buddy Family’ with newly arrived refugee families.  You can see and hear more about this important work in two recent segments: (1) A TV report on BBC Look East, available on iPlayer, or directly viewable in a slightly different version (see links further below). (2) A radio report on BBC Three Counties radio (see links further below).   Many thanks to the BBC, to Kerri Chana of the British Red Cross, and to Marie and her family for being a Buddy Family! Full links are as follows: A TV report on BBC Look East, available on iPlayer (click here) until 7PM on 16th November 2017,... read more

Help Us Set the Agenda – Supporters’ Mtg Nov 13th

Two years ago, something amazing happened. People across Britain were moved by the desperate plight of refugees in the Mediterranean. Across the country refugees welcome groups sprang up. Our group Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) began as a Citizens MK campaign, but is now an independent charity. It has been an amazing two years! We have been privileged to welcome eight families to MK through the Government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Two more families will have arrived by the end of the year - nearly sixty people in all! If you have been closely involved with any of this, you will know how good it has been to meet our new friends and welcome them to our city. You... read more