Refugee Week 2021 June 14th-20th

Refugee Week is an annual event which encourages understanding of why people are displaced and the challenges they seek whilst seeking safety. 

This year, we are so excited to announce the upcoming launch of Swallow’s Kiss, a beautiful children’s book created by our artists in residence Sita Brahmachari and Jane Ray and inspired by their experiences of the Islington Centre. Swallow’s Kiss was published by Pop Up Projects CIC as part of their 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection.

Swallow’s Kiss began life in Jane and Sita’s Art and Writing class where clients were invited to make and decorate paper birds and write wishes on the wings. The birds flew into Sita’s imagination and soon, Jane and Sita began work on a story about seven year old Blessing and her family. Blessing discovers a bag of lost paper birds and the story which unfolds is a beautiful tale of hope, birdsong and love.

We are all looking forward to the online launch of the book which will be on June 24 at 5pm. To join please click here.

Meanwhile, our corporate partners, Macquarie Group, are hosting an online talk where our Chief Executive Andy Ruiz Palma will be speaking to Macquarie employees from across Europe about the issues refugees face. This is a brilliant opportunity to spread the word about our work and we are enormously grateful to the Graduate Volunteering Network at Macquarie Group for organising the event.

Throughout Refugee Week we will be bringing you news of people and events at the centre and beyond all week.  Keep an eye on our website, on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more.