Refugee Society

A society that helps you, help others. 

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced to flee from their home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. In a world where nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution, our role is more important than ever before.

The Refugee Society is here to provide opportunities for you to be proactive in your efforts to aid the refugee crisis, and we will support you every step of the way. There is something for everyone, so become a member and join a movement towards a world with respect, dignity and security for all.

 

FUNDRAISING

We promote and encourage members to take part in fundraising activities to help raise the much needed money for the refugee community. Our most successful fundraiser has been Living Below the Poverty Line - where students lived on just £1 a day for 5 days to raise over £500 in sponsor money for the important work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Of course, we encourage students to endeavour on fundraising activities that they feel passionately about, and so if you would like to go for a sponsored run, or if you have a hand at baking and want to set up a cake sale, we will support your efforts and aid in any way that we can. 

CAMPAIGNING

Raising awareness for the refugee crisis is vital to promote and encourage the student body to get involved and further understand the importance of humanitarian aid. The Refugee Society will work on many campaigns, such as the #WithRefugees. This global campaign urges governements to keep their promises by ensuring that every refugee child gets an education, that every refugee family has somewhere safe to live, and that every refugee can work or learn new skills to support their families. We have had the Senior Communications Officer from UNHCR provide a guest talk about the organisation and the campaign, and we followed this event with promotional efforts to get as many signatures and support for the #WithRefugees petition. 

 

FOOD, CLOTHING & SANITARY PRODUCT COLLECTIONS

The Refugee Society organises collections for goods in high demand. We have already teamed up with Bloody Good Period to collect sanitary products for female refugees; we have sent over a dozen boxes of food items to London Welcome Project; and most recently, we have held a clothing collection which has been sent to the Middle East, in collaboration with Samara's Aid Appeal. We need students like you to help promote these collections, in addition to donating much needed items.

 

VOLUNTEERING

We actively encourage students to take part in ESOL tutoring, an opportunity that allows you to make a real difference and teach young refugees English. We also provide information on how to volunteer further afield, with the likes of Refugee Support and Help Refugees. For more information, please email us at RefugeeSociety-at-SU@rhul.ac.uk or vitis our Facebook page (@RHULRefugeeSociety).

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

Members can escape entry fees and listen to an array of incredible guest speakers from a multitude of different refugee backgrounds. We have representatives from charities and non-profit organisations like UNHCR and Refugees' Say, as well as academics in refugee research providing talks on their work. These events are highly prestigious and we encourage all students to attend to increase their awareness of the refugee crisis. 

 

SOCIALS

We will hold socials for members to come together and ensure that everyone is enjoying their time as a Refugee Society member. This will create an informal setting for members to talk freely about their views on the refugee crisis, or simply get to know like-minded individuals at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

 

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