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#ExtendTheWelcome: An MK Family’s Story (Video)

A resettled Syrian family from Milton Keynes took to the stage on 29th June* at the Citizens UK Civil Society Summit in London launch the #ExtendTheWelcome Campaign – which is all about making sure the UK government continues to resettle refugees once the current programme ends in 2020. At the event, more than 200 civil society leaders from Mosques, Churches, schools and other organisations from across the UK joined together in London to celebrate the government's and communities' support for thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the horror of war. As part of the event, Citizens UK launched a campaign urging the Home Secretary to extend the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme... read more

Concert Videos/Update

The Benefit Concert held on Sat 29th September, as reported previously, was a sell-out success, raising just over £1000 in support of Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes. Now we're delighted to present a message and links to a number of delightful video clips that we received from Andy Gilbert, the music maestro behind the concert and the One World Club MK organisation that created the event.   Here's what Andy writes: Dear Folks On 29th September 2018 One World Club ‘lowered its curtain,’ for the last time. It ended with the bang I hoped it would. Everything you could imagine went perfectly. The icing on the cake was raising £1,000 for Syrian refugees starting... read more

Sat 3rd Nov, Noon-5pm: Truby’s

Kurshida Mirza writes: "I am delighted to let you know that Trubys Garden Tea Room will be open on Saturday, 3 November, 12-5 at the Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone (see poster below and our FB: Truby's Garden Tea Room) As usual we will be serving our delicious home made lunches and afternoon tea in support of our continuing efforts to fundraise to enable the settlement of Syrian refugee families in Milton Keynes working in partnership with the British Red Cross and Refugees Welcome MK. With the grace of God we successfully achieved our target of £3k to support the settlement of the families who arrived in September - a BIG thanks to everyone who helped including... read more

Concert Sell-Out Raises £1K

  The Benefit Concert held on Sat 29th September was a sell-out success.  The full-house audience were treated to great World Music courtesy One World Club MK, and a wonderful World Food Buffet courtesy the Events Team at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. Including advance and on-the-door ticket sales and extra donations collected during the evening, we raised just over £1000 in support of Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes.  In addition to the wonderful food during the interval, we were treated to stellar performances from: Bilal Walasali (Syrian Singer) Crossroots (Jewish/Caribbean/French Canadian music Leon Silver (Singer of Greek songs) Free Peace Band... read more

Tickets going fast – Concert 29th Sept

UPDATE: Tickets are selling fast for this Saturday's Benefit Concert, and we cannot guarantee having any left at the door. Therefore, we encourage you to book online and also to please arrive early, as the show will start promptly at 7:30. 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) during the interval (separate donations for food... read more

8 September Noon-5PM: Truby’s Garden Tea Room

Kurshida Mirza writes: "Dear Trubys Supporters, After a long break, we are back! Trubys Garden Tea Room will be popping up on Saturday, 8 September, 12.00 - 17.00 at the Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, MK9 2ES. We will be kick starting the event with Trubys AGM at 11.15 - all welcome to attend.  The cafe will be open from 12.00 noon as usual. This is our big push to raise the rest of our £3k towards the one house project to settle Syrian families in Milton Keynes so please support us by attending, promoting and encouraging others to attend. I have attached the poster (here) and this is the link to our Facebook... 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