‘You, me and those who came before’ is the theme of this year’s Refugee Week (17-23 June) – a celebration of those people who have been forced to leave their home countries and have resettled here in the UK.

 To help change the way we see refugees and ourselves, the organisers at Counterpoint Arts invite us all to do one or more of their ‘Simple Acts’ throughout the week. These are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities. We are proud to be celebrating Refugee Week at Bayswater College through activities in class and multicultural events – our staff and students are global citizens who are conscious of the difference they can make in the world!

Here’s what we’re doing at Bayswater to support refugees and show compassion towards people who have enriched our culture for generations:

Offering scholarships in partnership with Refuaid.

In keeping with our one-for-one model, we support refugees through scholarships in partnership with Refuaid. This opportunity enables individuals to become more confident at communicating in English before entering university or the world of work.

Running a ‘university taster’ summer programme

This year we are launching a summer programme at the University of Nottingham which will break down barriers for teenage and adult refugees looking to access higher education. Read more about this in our previous blog post.

Organising a weekly World Café

We are excited to announce our first community event during Refugee Week on Thursday 20th June (Sign up on Facebook here). The café will then run every Tuesday evening from 6pm - 8.30pm from 2nd July. We want to bring together Bayswater students, locals and refugees to share their experiences and expertise. If you want to get involved sign up to our FB event or get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teaching our students about the greatest humanitarian crisis of our generation

Our teachers have put together English classes with the plight of refugees as the theme. Not only can they improve their English but they can also discover about the challenges faced by refugees globally.

Eating our way around the world

This Thursday 20th June we will be throwing an ‘International Food Party’ at lunchtime. The money raised from the party will help fund a place of a refugee on our ‘university taster’ summer programme in Nottingham! 

And if you would like to be involved and take part in any of our activities please contact Jessica:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7221 7259. If you would like to donate to our programme in Nottingham to give refugees an opportunity to taste university life, please go to  our JustGiving page.