March with Woodcraft for Refugees

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

On 17th September, Woodcraft are demonstrating in solidarity with refugees in London.

Refugee Week 2012

Event date: 
18 June 2012 - 12:00am - 24 June 2012 - 11:59am
Event location: 

Refugee Week is a time to celebrate the contibution that refugees and asylum seekers make to the UK and to raise awareness about the problems they face.

Crossing the Border

You will need:

  • copies of the ‘Crossing the border’ form (download below), one for each Pioneer 
  • pens
  • a border (eg a desk, doorway, counter)

Ask for two volunteers and brief them that they’re border control officials. They should stand / sit at the border and pretend not to understand any questions asked them by the group. They should only allow people to cross the border when they’ve filled in their form in ‘squiggle language’, but are not to explain that this is the correct way to fill in the form. 

Practical information and advice on hosting a delegation

Here is a Q & A with Paul from Brighthelmstone, whose district hosted a delegation of asylum seekers several years running, and Fleur from Woodcraft Folk Scotland, who brought two asylum seeking families to Global Village.

Right to Refuge campaign materials

The TREE Communications Group, who run Woodcraft's Right to Refuge campaign, have created a leaflet about refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, full of ideas on how we can help them. They've also created a postcard with simple messages about the Right to Refuge campaign. 


Advice on hosting a delegation

Hilary, a long-standing member of Cambridge Woodcraft Folk, has helped host several overseas delegations at Cambridge District camps, Global Village and other events. She has also worked with refugees for a long time – so she knows her stuff. ‘Good preparation and good communication are the key’ she says. Her ideas could be useful to you whether you're hosting a youth group from overseas or a group of young refugees or asylum seekers from within the UK. Feel free to add comments and questions at the end of the article (if you're logged in) or email with any queries. 

West Coventry Woodcraft start Refugee Action Project

West Coventry Venturers and DFs have started a new action project, building links with the local refugee community and the Coventry Peace House, which supports refugees and asylum seekers locally.

Time To Flee

This activity can be run as the second activity in a group night about refugee issues, to get Elfins thinking about people who might seek sanctuary in the UK, what they need and how we can help them. The first activity is Same But Different.

You will need: paper and pens

Time: 15 minutes

Split the Elfins into groups of about 4 or 5.

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