Category: Health

Who really are refugees and asylum seekers?

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Recently on our Refugee Week, we wanted to talk about how people understand who they really are, without labelling them as refugees.

We started a campaign: Look beyond the label

female doctor immunising a childThis illustrates who we really are within ourselves. We are more than people think. We are real normal people with real feelings, understanding and recognised professions in our past.

I’m an orientation volunteer in the Red Cross; I have met lots of refugees and asylum seekers who have just arrived in the UK. Many of them had professions as doctors, engineers, teachers, and much more from their respective countries. And they still can continue being that if we only recognised them and looked beyond the label.

Image: © Christopher Black (IFRC)

Help is just a step away

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I love working at the Red Cross but sometimes being on the 6th floor of our London office feels a bit remote from the work we do in the field. While we tap away on our computers here striving to spread the British Red Cross message our 23,000 volunteers are hard at work on the ground. They are administering and teaching first aid, supporting refugees, lending medical equipment to those in need, relieving suffering all over the world following disasters amongst many other things.

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Meet Daahir in refugee week

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This week we have been encouraging everyone to look beyond the label to the person and who they actually are. There are many, many people who come to the UK with with a vast array of skills and talents and they make enormous contributions to society.

Meet Daahir for instance, who has been volunteering with the Red Cross in Bristol since February this year…..

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Refugee week – celebrating the contribution of volunteers

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Today we were in Bristol at a drop-in for refugees and asylum seekers run by our partners Bristol Refugee Rights. They were inviting people to have ‘a cup of tea with a refugee’ one of the Refugee Week ‘simple acts’ campaign. As Thursday is our usual day for working at the drop-in, Red Cross staff and volunteers were part of the special day to help celebrate refugee week in Bristol.

As well as talking to visitors about the work that we do at the drop-in with refugees and asylum seekers we were able to provide support to people that needed our help today ……

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Lunch and learn about Refugee Week

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If you have read some of my earlier blogs you will know that James and Lilly have been doing an internship with the Red Cross, co-ordinating our refugee week activities in Bristol and Swindon.

They decided that a great way of raising awareness amongst Red Cross staff and helping them celebrate refugee week was through lunch and learn sessions. Staff were invited to bring their packed lunch (with a promise of cake) and to spend their lunch break finding out more ……..

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A fun start to Refugee Week in Bristol

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Refugee week got off to a fantastic start in Bristol yesterday with a brilliant Celebrating Sanctuary fun day. The sun was shining and a large number of people gathered in Queen Square to enjoy themselves, meet people, listen to music and show their support to the refugee community in Bristol. Traditional drummers and dancers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana got everyone moving….

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