Refugee Week 2022

Refugee Week 2022 runs from 20—26 June and is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary all over the world. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is a growing global movement.

Marlow Refugee Action would love all of our supporters to get involved this year in a number of different ways….

Support our plant sale!

On Saturday 18 June, from 10am—5pm, our much-loved annual plant sale will be held at the wonderful Ark Café, which is located at the Methodist Church on Spittal Street, Marlow. Pop down to pick up some locally grown additions for your garden!

If you are green fingered and have surplus plants this year that you would like to donate please do reach out to If we have extra plants our stall will go on tour and may be coming to a street near you! Watch out on our Facebook group for updates!

Get on the move!

After the tremendous success of last year’s virtual journey from the Syrian capital Damascus to Marlow, we are once again inviting you to get on the move for refugees! This year our virtual journey is that of many of the new friends who we have recently welcomed to Marlow; the 2,478 km/l ,540 mile journey from Kyiv in Ukraine to Marlow.

Our collective journey is in support of all displaced people, a community of some 100m people worldwide. We invite you to take on a personal distance challenge, either during or in the run up to Refugee Week, and contribute this by tracking and reporting the distance you have travelled You could walk, run, swim, cycle, row… it’s up to you!

We invite you to share your challenge with others through seeking sponsorship, or to make a small donation to our On The Move Challenge fundraiser. Details of how to do either of these things and also how to log your distance travelled can be found on our new fundraising page:

Team MRA are on the Move for Refugees! (

See Marlow with fresh eyes on our refugee week treasure hunt!

Suitable for kids and adults alike, we invite you to take a tour around Marlow, seeking out landmarks which represent the answers to a series of questions related to displaced communities. Our treasure hunt quiz will be available from our plant sale at the Ark on 18 June, and will also be available to download from our social media pages and website from that date too. Suggested donation £1!

Curl up with a good book!

Refreshed with the latest works by and about refugees and displaced people, our book list is a great way to seek out insightful works that will both increase your understanding of the challenges faced by people around the globe, and will also be a celebration of the creativity and talents of writers whose lives have been shaped by displacement. You can see and download the list here:

You can also watch our conversation with author Marion Moleteno on our Youtube page.

Congregate to reflect and learn

MRA Trustee trustee Julie Purves will be presenting to the congregation at All Saints Church Marlow on the morning of Sunday 26 June. She will share information about the global context facing refugees today, and bring people together with messages of hope and healing, which is the central theme of this year’s Refugee Week. Her informative presentation is open to those of all faiths and none, and we hope that you can join her and the All Saints community to reflect upon the many challenges in our world today, and the many ways in which the people of Marlow can contribute to supporting people to heal and live lives of safety and community.

Cook up a storm with Imad and our friends at Wycombe Refugee Partnership!

Create an authentic Syrian feast for World Refugee Day! Imad Alarnab, good friend of MRA and award-winning refugee restaurateur in London, has put an extra special menu together especially for Wycombe Refugee Partnership, who offered him life-changing support when he had nowhere else to turn.

Download the recipes here.