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To celebrate Refugee Week, Refugee Action York are taking over York Castle Museum Twitter

To celebrate Refugee Week, Refugee Action York (RAY) are taking over our Twitter feed to tell us about their work and share artwork created by people seeking sanctuary during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

RAY works with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from within and around the City of York.  We provide a safe meeting point where people can seek information and support, learn new skills and languages and form lasting friendships. Through providing this support we hope to empower individuals to assist them in rebuilding their lives. In addition to the various sessions and services we offer, we also campaign on behalf of local asylum-seeking families and their relatives who are under threat of detention and/or deportation. 

Every year we get involved with the Refugee Week to raise awareness and celebrate. The theme of Refugee Week 2021 is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ and York has a series of fantastic online talks and events this year. You can see all of the events on our website here;  


RAY is always keen to hear from people interested in volunteering with us.  We have a wide range of roles available including: organising the kitchen at The Hub, running craft session with children, teaching English to adults, working as part of the information and support team and helping out at our youth group, 4Corners, chatting to people at coffee mornings, mentoring, or being an Ambassador for RAY, and we offer an induction and training programme for new volunteers so no previous experience is needed. If any of this interests you then please do get in touch.  

If you want to access any of RAY’s services or would like to refer an individual or family to us please get in touch through our contact page.  New service users are very welcome to turn up at any of our sessions but if you let us know before you come the first time we can make sure any services you need are available. 

Later in the year we will be exhibiting the work we will share in the Takeover at York Castle Museum alongside collections from the Trust.  

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