Category: Health

Meet Daahir in refugee week

By

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…..

More

Refugee week – celebrating the contribution of volunteers

By

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 ……

More

Lunch and learn about Refugee Week

By

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 ……..

More

A fun start to Refugee Week in Bristol

By

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….

More

Show your support during Refugee Week

By
It’s Refugee Week, and I’d recommend you take a look at the very moving videos on our special Look beyond the label website, where three refugees describe their traumatic past lives – and their hopes for the future.

I often feel I had quite a traumatic childhood. For example, Richard Jones from class 4B can deny it till he’s blue in his fat face, but he really did hold my head under water for 20 seconds at Wigan baths. I’ve never been quite the same since. And my Dad’s refusal to get me an even half-decent BMX when I was 13 still has me waking up in a sweat some nights.

Having said that, there’s nothing like speaking to refugees to put my own momentous ‘issues’ into perspective.

More

Volunteering during an economic downturn

By

Have you felt the bite of the credit crunch? Are you looking for a way to gain new skills or keep busy while in between jobs?A man talks on a walkie talkie

You’re not alone! Here at the Red Cross, we’ve seen a huge jump in the number of people interested in becoming volunteers. At the end of 2007, we were getting around 300 volunteering enquiries a month; we’re now getting around 1,400 a month!

More