June is observed around the world as Refugee Awareness Month culminating in World Refugee Day on 20th June. In the UK Refugee Week is celebrating its 25th year with the theme of compassion.

We are observing this month by

  • continued campaigning to raise concerns about the Illegal Migration Bill - find out more at a lunchtime webinar on 16th June
  • a trauma informed workshop Creativity as a Container on 14th June
  • Champions for Children – match funding campaign to raise funds for our direct work supporting child victims of trafficking from 6th -20th June
  • an invitation to run for us on Saturday 17th June at your local Park Run or anywhere you fancy!

Champions for Children - double your donation 

During Refugee Month we are participating in the Champions for Children match funding campaign from 6th June – 20th June 2023.

During this campaign charities taking part will raise public donations which will be DOUBLED through matched funding supported by The Childhood Trust Huge and individual donors who have contributed via pledges to  kickstart the campaign to support our direct work with child victims of trafficking:

  • to develop our Hardship Fund to mitigate the cost-of-living crisis and provide vouchers to those in need of food, clothing & other provisions
  • expand our services providing more 1:1 and groups sessions and activities to support and promote children's wellbeing

Creativity as a Container: exploring the use  of myth and fairy tales in facilitating safe space while supporting children and young people victims of trafficking.

This workshop explores the themes of power, control, exploitation, grief, and trauma using ageless fairy tales as a case study.  The workshop aims to share practical tools and theory with practitioners who support children and young people living with trauma.  Participants will experience a trauma informed session that highlights the importance of safe space while supporting children and young people and learn creative ways to create it. We will be guided by the Jungian theory of archetypes and the Sesame approach to therapy.

Join us to experience the transformative force of creativity!

This is an experiential session delivered in person. The workshop is recommended to youth workers, social workers, key workers and mental health practitioners or anyone interested to learn something new! Everyone is welcome!

The workshop will be facilitated by Elias Matar the youth programme manager at ECPAT UK. Elias Matar is a play specialist, drama and movement therapist, workshop facilitator, performer storyteller.    

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2023

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm


FREE Lunchtime Webinar: What does the Illegal Migration Bill mean for children?

Come and hear about what the proposed changes to the law and the impact on children including child victims of trafficking. Our Head of Policy, Advocacy and Research will be joined by members of our Youth Advisory Group who will share what they would like you to do to protect their rights to protection and care. 

Date Friday 16th June 2023

Time: 12:00 - 13:00