May newsletter

posted 23 May 2019, 03:53 by Refugees Welcome

Read all the latest news from Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees and find out how to get more involved!

Craft and Conversation

posted 16 Mar 2018, 11:55 by Refugees Welcome

These weekly sessions, run in conjunction with the amazing Empathy Action, have got off to a cracking start. We have a great venue courtesy of Tonbridge School and the sessions are getting everyone's creative juices flowing and providing a brilliant opportunity for English conversation practice. Watch this space for details of our first market stall. Get involved. 

The Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race 2017

posted 13 Sep 2017, 12:28 by Refugees Welcome

What a brilliant day!

Our Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees team had so much fun at the Dragon Boat racing, and were very proud of our unbeaten run! 

More importantly, we raised lots of money which will enable us to keep up our efforts to welcome those fleeing war zones into our lovely community. A gigantic thank you to all those who raced, donated, waved from the river banks, or showed their support in so many different ways. 

We will announce the final tally once we've counted a few donations still coming in...Anyone still wanting to donate, the link is 

The Great Get Together: Rock for Refugees

posted 19 Jun 2017, 02:44 by Refugees Welcome

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on Saturday for a brilliant afternoon of music and delicious food. 

We were so proud to be part of the national Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox and to celebrate the start of Refugee Week

It is brilliant to feel the warmth of our local community in these sometimes divisive times. 

One World Day

posted 27 Jun 2016, 07:38 by Refugees Welcome

Our One World Day was a brilliant success! Thank you so much to everyone who came along and to everyone who helped make it happen.

It was so wonderful to be surrounded by so much positivity and so many smiley faces!  Not to mention speaking to so many interesting people and enjoying all the delicious food, fabulous music and thought provoking speakers. 

Competition for Refugee Week

posted 14 Jun 2016, 14:54 by Refugees Welcome   [ updated 14 Jun 2016, 15:24 ]


20­­ ­­–26 June is Refugee Week, when we celebrate all the amazing contributions refugees make to our society.

To mark the occasion, we are inviting all children and young people of school age to draw a picture or write a poem inspired by the theme of Welcome! 

The deadline for submissions is 4th July. 

Find out more.

One World Day for Refugee Week

posted 14 Jun 2016, 14:50 by Refugees Welcome

On 26 June from 12pm-3pm, the Chequerboard area outside the Angel Centre will be transformed by international musicians, artists, games and stalls as One World Day comes to Tonbridge.

Hosted by Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees to mark national Refugee Week (which runs 20-26 June), this fun and friendly community event will be one for the whole family. 

Local samba band Bloco Fogo will kick off proceedings at noon, and through the afternoon there will be live performances from musicians from Tanzania to Iraq. There will be activities for younger children, and informal talks from people with first-hand experience of the refugee crisis, including charity workers, journalists and refugees themselves. A number of local organisations working with refugees will be represented, including The Worldwide Tribe, RefugEase, Kent Kindness and Tunbridge Wells Welcomes Refugees.

Bring a picnic, bring friends, and celebrate the diversity of our world.

Follow us for updates.

The story of Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees

posted 6 Jan 2016, 13:54 by Refugees Welcome

The tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015, galvanised people across Europe in an extraordinary way. Not since the start of the Syrian war more than four years before had there been such an outpouring of shock, nor such heartfelt desire to help those children, men and women fleeing the conflict.

Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees was born of a desire to harness that momentum. It began as a cup of coffee between two local women – Johanna Elderfield and Fiona O’Brien, now the group’s co-chairs – who felt strongly that Tonbridge & Malling must play a role in national efforts to welcome refugees.

Within weeks, the group started to expand, through word of mouth and social media. Today, we have members and supporters of all ages, interests and backgrounds from right across the borough, and our numbers are steadily growing. Our meetings are informal, but productive; we are building a number of campaigns – such as identifying houses for refugees – and have made significant progress in our first few months.

We very much hope that 2016 will be a year of more growth and achievement; most notably, we hope to see the arrival of the first households of Syrian refugees in Tonbridge.

The scale of the refugee crisis and the shifting politics of European response mean that much remains uncertain, looking forward. But there is one thing we can be sure of. When refugees do arrive in Tonbridge, they will be warmly welcomed and thoughtfully supported by the many members of Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees. Working together, they demonstrate what a big heart Tonbridge and Malling has.



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