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Why do we run this service?

Asylum Welcome believes there are many benefits in supporting asylum seekers, refugees and detainees to make their voices heard. We can speak up for them, but we are also committed to empowering them to communicate directly – whether this is communicating with officials, with supporters or with the media.

Who is this for?

Asylum seekers and refugees

How to find out more

Contact our main office for further details.

What does the service offer?

Welcome Voices provides asylum seekers and refugees with support to express themselves in public, by providing advice and encouragement from a journalist who is a refugee.

We support asylum seekers and refugees to maintain their rich musical heritage, for example by arranging for musicians to visit our youth club, and by supporting events in Refugee Week.

One of our volunteers offers support to asylum seekers and refugees who are English learners and would like to share an interest in literature by joining a reading group.

Asylum Welcome has published books of writings and photographs reflecting the experiences of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees: further details below.

Here are some anonymised personal testimonies.

Asylum Welcome also encourages its many volunteers to add their voices in support of the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees. Read more about our Volunteer Voices.

If you would like someone from Asylum Welcome to speak about our work at an event arranged by your organisation, please contact us.

Who are our partners?

We value our partnerships with creative organisations such as Platforma, Fusion Arts and the Confluence Collective.

Books for Sale

Asylum Welcome has run projects to encourage creative writing and has published books of writing by asylum seekers and refugees, and a book of photographs.

These books are for sale from Asylum Welcome, all priced £5.

See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers

Heaventree Press, Coventry, 2009

This anthology features a collection of poems arising from the Oxford Poets and Refugees Project, a collaboration between the Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University and Asylum Welcome. The project brought together 14 established poets and 14 refugees and asylum seekers to work collaboratively on the writing of poetry.

The book features new work from Sadia Abdu, Filda Abelkec-Lukonyomoi, Afam Akeh, Carole Angier, Ali Askari, Annemarie Austin, Amina Benturki, Anne Berkeley, Carmen Bugan, Vahni Capildeo, Normalisa Chasokela, Abraham Conneh, David Dabydeen, Dawood, Dheere, John Fuller, Eden Habtemichael, Siân Hughes, Maria JastrzÄ™bska, Gregory Leadbetter, Jamie McKendrick, Lucy Newlyn, Nazra Niygena, Jean Louis N’Tadi, Chuma Nwokolo, Bernard O’Donoghue, Deji Ogundimu, Adepeju Olopade, Yousif Qasmiyeh.

How the World Came to Oxford: Refugee Stories Past and Present

How the World Came to Oxford: Refugee Stories Past and PresentRory Carnegie and Nikki van der Gaag, foreword by Mark Haddon, 2007
13 978 1904456 82 7

A book of personal stories and beautiful photographs reflecting the lives of refugees who live in Oxford.

The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life coverEdited by Carole Angier
The Charlbury Press, Oxon, 2005
0 9546342 4 1

Collected writings of refugees and asylum seekers participating in the 2004 Creative Writing Workshop organised and taught by Carole Angier, biographer and teacher.