Can you donate a coat to keep a refugee warm this winter?

Over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. Some as young as 13, with no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.

We are asking everyone to look in your cupboards for a winter coat that you no longer wear. You can drop these off at the Edge Hill University, Faculty of Education reception.

You can also take a picture of yourself holding up the coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”

There is still an urgent need for things such as toiletries and mens’ clothes especially thermal-wear. Small man or youth’s sizes are best. You can also drop these off at the Faculty of Education reception. See here for other drop-off points

If you still need convincing, here’s a message for you from Ricky Tomlinson

Free event at Manchester Metropolitan University – International Day for Tolerance – ‘Professional Action and Practice for Refugees and Displaced People’ Saturday 17 November 2018

As part of the International Day for Tolerance, our friends at Manchester Metropolitan University and PAPYRUS Team cordially invite you to this event which aims to:

* promote organisations working with refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people

* create an open, listening and debating space for practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and relevant NGO’s in the broad areas of work with refugees and displaced people to come together and learn

* value perspectives from across various sectors and create opportunities for new connections, creativity and engagement

* create a productive place for learning about new areas and sharing materials and resources helpful in work with refugees and displaced people.

This event is going to take place on Saturday 17th of November 2018 at the Business School (All Saints, All Saints Campus, M15 6BH, Manchester) and is organised within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme PAPYRUS Project.

This free one-day event will include presentations by guest speakers, workshops and a charity village where organisations can promote and explain their work. Guest speakers include Gulwarli Passarlay (Author and Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers), Tendayi Madzunzu (Manchester Refugee Support Network) and Afzal Khan (MP for Manchester Gorton). Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professional-action-and-practice-for-refugees-and-displaced-people-tickets-50960665723

Feel free to forward this invitation to people or organisations that might be interested.

Looking forward to your hopefully positive reply.


Karolina Kardas Research Fellow

Erasmus+ Project Deputy Coordinator PAPYRUS, Teacher & Reflect Lab

Manchester Metropolitan University, Wilson 0-21, Cheshire Campus ,Crewe Green Road

CW1 5DU Crewe Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 5055 Mobile: +44 (0) 7827 872472

Upcoming free event – Online Arabic from Palestine and ‘Linguistic Hospitality’ – Migration Working Group Seminar 15th November 2018

Migration Working Group – North West invites you to the second seminar organised by the group at Edge Hill University. This seminar will focus on the process of online collaboration to design an Online Arabic language course. The presentation will be based on an international multilingual project implemented in the School of Education, University of Glasgow and in the Gaza Strip (Palestine).

Presenter: Dr Giovanna Fassetta, University of Glasgow
Title of the presentation: Online Arabic from Palestine and ‘Linguistic Hospitality’

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018
2.30pm Registration
3.00pm Event start
4.00pm Networking and refreshments

Venue: Room SC101, The Sports Centre, Edge Hill University

Registration: this event is FREE but please click here to register

Dr Julia Hope: Children’s Literature about Refugees

Visiting from Goldsmiths’ University, last week Dr Julia Hope shared with the faculty her wealth of experience from her PhD research and a decade as a ‘refugee teacher’, working with children from a refugee background in the classroom.

Her paper explored the range of ways in which children’s books can support children with a refugee background to recognise themselves in fiction, as well as the opportunity for children without these experiences to develop empathy and understanding. Her examples demonstrated that even very young children can through discussion and art demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the reasons people leave, and what it might be like to come to a new classroom, a new school, a new country.


Feedback from the session was excellent. One delegate stated, ‘Excellent session –   thoroughly enjoyed it. Thankyou!’ Another, who is a trainee teacher commented, ‘We need more talks like this.’ Students and staff plan to read more of the titles Julia included in her presentation, approaching them critically, and seeking to undertake research in the area. Others reflected on the way the session would help in the classroom to work with refugee families and children.


Language Support for Adult Refugees – A Council of Europe Toolkit

From the council of Europe website:

The Council of Europe has developed the toolkit presented on this website (available in seven languages) to support member states in their efforts to respond to the challenges posed by unprecedented migration flows. It has been produced as part of the project Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) of the Council of Europe’s major Programme on language policy.

The toolkit comprises the 57 tools and other resources contained in the various sections of this website. Tools can be downloaded and adapted to meet the needs of different contexts

The toolkit is designed to assist organisations, and especially volunteers, providing language support for adult refugees. Throughout the toolkit “refugee” is understood in a broad sense and includes asylum seekers as well as refugees.

Further details are available here https://www.coe.int/en/web/language-support-for-adult-refugees

Young asylum seekers ‘face blanket study ban’ The Guardian 8 April 2018

This article by  highlights an important issue affecting the education of young asylum seekers. Colleagues in the FE sector have expressed great concern for the well-being and prospects for success of asylum seekers who access their adult provision.