#RefugeeWeek2020 #Imagine


This week we have been sharing posts on our social media in which members of the Sanctuary Hosting community have responded to the theme of this year’s Refugee Week – Imagine.  It has been great to be part of Refugee Week with its amazing variety of digital events https://refugeeweek.org.uk/


To see more content, please visit our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SanctuaryHUK/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/SanctuaryHUK pages.  It has been wonderful to receive contributions from guests, hosts, volunteers, staff and trustees, and we hope these give you a sense of the whole of our Sanctuary Hosting community, which is made up of many people across the Thames Valley.


Highlights of the week have been seeing guests’ work in the Making Space Safe exhibition at Modern Art Oxford https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/refugee-week-celebration-creativity-resilience/ and also in the latest edition of Oxford Is My Home ‘zine https://oxfordismyhomezine.wordpress.com/


We have also been moved by a written contribution from our Chair of Trustees, Alison Baxter, who reflects on the hopes embodied in the founding of the United Nations sixty years ago, and imagines what these could actually bring about if we were to fully enact them https://www.facebook.com/pg/SanctuaryHUK/posts/?ref=page_internal


Sanctuary Hosting’s Service Co-ordinator, Eden Habtemichael, has shared this poem – Ray Of Light – which powerfully conveys one person’s experience of finding their way as a refugee.  Ray Of Light ppt  You can explore different versions of the poem, including a version in three languages, on our social media pages.


Refugee Week 2020 continues throughout this weekend with films, talks, music and much more to explore at the website https://refugeeweek.org.uk/events/

Run completed!


We are really grateful to Ilana Cope, who is on a gap year between school and university.  Ilana told us, “I was travelling in South-East Asia when coronavirus hit, so I had to come home. I have never really been a runner, but during lockdown I wanted to make the most of my one permitted run a day, by doing a 5k every morning.  As I got faster I decided to challenge myself by training for a half marathon.”

Ilana chose to raise money for Sanctuary Hosting because she knew about the struggles of destitute asylum seekers and refugees through her Mum’s work of many years.  “Sanctuary Hosting is an amazing scheme that helps people in desperate situations.  I know the money will go a long way.”

Ilana raised £900 for Sanctuary Hosting, and completed the half marathon in 2 hours 18 minutes.  Congratulations and thank you!