Therapeutic hand cream

Refugee camp

Sehadet Ekmen has an unusual approach to helping refugees deal with the trauma of war. Yee-Liu Williams finds out more.

Different pasts and shared future

On 20 June, after Initiatives of Change (IofC) launched its Refugees as Rebuilders project in Parliament, we hosted guests at Greencoat Place to celebrate World Refugees Day. This was a creative and collaborative event featuring music, art, discussion and food from individuals from many cultures.

Refugees contribution acknowledged by MP

World Refugee Day in Parliament

In an event to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, refugees’ contribution to the recovery of their countries of origin was acknowledged in a parliamentary committee room.

From Conflict to Reconciliation - Stories of Hope from the Middle East

On 10 May we welcomed a small group of Lebanese and Syrian grassroots peacemakers to Initaitives of Change’s London base, Greencoat Place, as part of their visit to the UK.

‘Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders’

A new competence self-assessment framework with various tools has been launched for adult educators to assess their effectiveness in enhancing the inclusion of migrants and refugees in communities across Europe.

Long way from Adi Ghehad

Teame Mebrahtu

An evening with Teame Mebrahtu and Stan Hazell, author of 'Long Way from Adi Ghehad: Journey of an asylum seeker'. Teame Mebrahtu was a prominent teacher trainer in Eritrea until he was forced to leave in the 1970s due to threats to his life. He was granted asylum in Britain. He became a senior academic at the Bristol Graduate School of Education and adviser to international students, many of whom are now leading educators in their own countries.

Refugees in Turkey

Dr Muna Ismail interviews Aysun Osveren, a Physiotherapist working with the Turkish Red Crescent Society on the conditions faced by Syrian refugees in Syria and the work she does in Mogadishu, Somalia.

World Refugee Day

Jean Paul Samputu

Migration and the refugee crisis continue to dominate the political agenda causing fear, populist rhetoric, hatred and division in our communities. A new and positive narrative is emerging to counteract the disunity, mistrust and conflict in our nation. Come and celebrate World Refugee Day with our inspirational panellist of speakers in a joint effort to respond creatively to the wider debate. Each one of us can play a part in changing the narrative.

Launch of new website to help educators of migrants and refugees

Catalina Quiroz, the initiator of the Erasmus+ project, introducing the curriculum

A new online resource for educators of refugees and migrants was launched in Turkey on Thursday 23 March. ‘Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders’, is a curriculum that aims to inspire educators with new ideas, and training modules that they can use in their work. They will also be able to share training modules that they have found effective.

Voices of Migrants

Célia Demoor, a community peacebuilder and researcher, gave the first UK screening of Voices of Migrants at a Greencoat Forum on Monday 23 January.