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UK Welcomes Hong Kongers

'Welcome Hong Kongers Project' (WHKP) is a diverse civil society group organising under the umbrella of UK Welcomes Refugees, Registered Company 12679315. We are neutral and non partisan politically and our vision is of a more welcoming world for all.   We have come together in response to the UK Government's generous decision to welcome [...]

Concert for Hope – Historical event

On Tuesday 23rd March UK Welcomes Refugees organised a special celebration of Syria’s rich culture, music and people. Featuring our very own Ahmad Al-Rashid and Nour Sakr as live hosts.  The online concert included breath-taking musical performances from some of the most outstanding Syrian musicians in the UK, with Maya Youssef (qanun), Adnan Shamdin (tambur), [...]

Why Civil Society Must Step Up to Welcome Hong Kongers

On Thursday 11 February, UK Welcomes Refugees held an online panel discussion discussing the role civil society in the UK should play in building a welcoming country for Hong Kongers. Click here to watch the recording of this event.   The panel, chaired by Neil Jameson CBE, was made up of the following speakers:   Benedict […]

Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, 8th February 2021

On Monday 8th February, UK Welcomes Refugees held an online panel discussion reflecting on Austen Ivereigh’s work with Pope Francis in their new book Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. Austen discussed his experiences working with Pope Francis on the book, and the panel of interfaith and civil leaders, chaired by Sarah […]

From dining room conversation to welcoming a family to Hythe – extraordinary journey of welcome

  By Callum McKenna (Captain) Hythe Salvation Army Church & Community Centre   It was a fairly ordinary, drizzly Sunday afternoon in August 2019. The dining room was buzzing with chatter as we shared stories about our families and our aspirations. Empty plates cluttered the table, the only evidence remaining of the epic Sunday lunch […]

Chris Philp MP – Minister for Home Office meets with UK Welcomes Refugees

Delegation from the UK Welcomes Refugees met with Chris Philp MP, Minister for Home Office on Friday 11th September 2020. The delegation had a very constructive conversation with the Minister and raised a number of important issues including as to when resettlement would resume. The delegation shared stories of welcome through community sponsorship of refugees […]

Bekele Woyecha appointed as Director of UK Welcomes Refugees

UK Welcomes Refugees is pleased to announce that Bekele Woyecha, a former refugee, a leading refugee and asylum rights advocate and one of the pioneers of the Community Sponsorship Refugees scheme will be leading the new organisation as it strives to build a strong, organised, and powerful organisation that aspires to change the discourse on […]