Refugee Week, 20-26 June

Refugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK.

TimeBank has always done a lot of work with the refugee community - initially with Time Together our flagship mentoring programme that ran nationally. Its success led to a change in government policy which means that every refugee was given the chance to have a volunteer mentor. More recently we have run Refugees into Teaching in partnership with the Refugee Council providing free information, advice, mentors and guidance to refugees who want to work in the education sector.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011, the theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution. Stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years are being collected. If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share, please contact Refugee Week coordinators.

During Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK, all of which explore refugee experiences. Whatever you’re into - be it arts, music, food or just meeting people in your local area - Refugee Week will have an event for you. Visit the Events Calendar for this year's events. If you want to volunteer at one of these events contact your National and Regional Coordinators who should be able to tell you about different volunteering opportunities in your area and how your skills and expertise might be used within different contexts.