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  • The Night Before Christmas (Ніч перед Різдвом)

    Thanks to the Ukrainian Social Club and Orange Tree Theatre for hosting a wonderful live performance of The Night Before Christmas (Ніч перед Різдвом) on Sunday 11th February. Based on a 1932 short story by Mykola Hohol and set in an 18th century Ukrainian village, this classic fairy tale follows a poor blacksmith and the…

  • 23rd Feb, 7pm: Ukrainian music, poetry and dance at St Mary’s Church, Twickenham

    Richmond’s Ukrainian Social Club invites you to a charitable evening of classical music, poetry and dance at the “Ukrainian Evening of Invincibility” from 7pm on Friday 23rd February at St. Mary’s Church, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ. The programme features familiar pieces by Chopin and J. S. Bach, as well as Ukrainian composers, Lysenko, Barvinsky and Hulak-Artemovsky,…

  • Sleep workshops in Farsi for ten weeks

    Richmond and Hillcroft Community College is offering free support workshops for Farsi speakers starting from 10 January for ten weeks, every Wednesday between 3-4pm. Thanks to Refugee Action Kingston for organising. Book via SMS text message at 07754 856 932.

  • Celebrating eight years of Refugees Welcome in Richmond

    Thanks very much to everyone who joined us to celebrate eight years of Refugees Welcome in Richmond (RWinR) at The Vineyard Community Centre on Thursday 9 November.

  • Our impacts

    Eight years have flown by since we were founded on 1st November 2015. Here’s some of what we’ve achieved…

  • Refugee and migrant women’s art at Turner’s House

    Turner’s House is hosting a special exhibition showcasing artworks realised by migrant and refugee women in our local community as part of their Tales & Travels programme. A great opportunity to celebrate the stories shared by these amazing ladies! Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 4pm until Sunday 29 October 2023. Exhibition included with ticket…

  • Sleep workshops for Ukrainian refugees in Richmond

    Free support workshops are running at Richmond and Hillcroft Community College every Tuesday in July, 1-2pm, for Ukrainian refugees in Richmond experiencing difficulty with sleep. Thanks to Refugee Action Kingston for organising these events, which will be available in both English and Ukrainian. Book now via SMS text message: 07754 856 932 Please see the…

  • 28th June: A Concert for Ukraine at St Mary’s, Twickenham

    St Mary’s University is proud to host an evening of beautiful music and dance in our historic Waldegrave Suite. Featuring young Ukrainian musicians from The London Performing Academy of Music (LPMAM), violinist Marina Ravievska accompanied by Richard Black, singer Maryiana Bondar, and the Stefania dance ensemble. Minimum donation £20. A fundraising auction will be held during…

  • Tree planting with thanks from the Ukrainians

    Many thanks to the Ukrainian Social Club based at Prosperity Café for the beautiful new tree planted on Monday 27 March in Cambridge Gardens by Richmond Bridge. The tree represents the gratitude of the Ukrainian community towards the people of Richmond for their support during the refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. Read…

  • 2nd March: Ukrainian Accommodation Event

    Refugees Welcome in Richmond invites Ukrainians and their sponsors to learn about the processes, possibilities and support available when looking for accommodation in London. There will be a panel of representatives from Richmond Council, the Ukrainian Social Club CIC, Citizens Advice and Refugees Welcome in Richmond. After a short presentation, we will welcome questions for…

  • Free weekly English language support at Duke Street Church

    Each week on Tuesdays from 1pm to 2pm, Duke Street Church runs ‘Café International‘. This is an informal group for foreign nationals to help them improve their English through a mixture of structured teaching and informal conversation. For more information contact Christine Sherwood.

  • Ukrainian refugees need replacement hosts

    A small number of displaced Ukrainians already here in Richmond now need to move on due to illness or an unforeseen change in circumstances in their host’s household. Under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, hosts will receive a monthly payment of £350 for the remainder of their guests’ first year in the UK. If you…

  • Weekly Ukrainian social hub at The Vineyard

    Refugees Welcome in Richmond and the Vineyard Community Centre are hosting a weekly social hub for Ukrainian guests and hosts at the Vineyard Café at 2a The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. From October the hub will run every Tuesday 1-3pm. Connect with other hosts and guests, practise your English, Ukrainian, Russian and other languages! Enjoy…

  • 29th May: Samira Kitman art exhibition supporting Afghan refugees

    Update: Thanks very much to Samira Kitman and Firas Ali for organising an excellent exhibition of Samira’s artworks at Ham Youth Centre on Sunday 29 May. The event was very well attended, as you can see from the images below. If you attended our Spring Party in March, you might have had the pleasure of…

  • Free English courses for Ukraine scheme refugees

    Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC) have been providing additional free language courses for those on the Homes for Ukraine and Family Visa schemes throughout the summer. Anyone interested in signing up for new classes over the coming term should sign up for an assessment to determine their language level, so that they can…

  • Eid-al Fitr Mubarak!

    Millions of people celebrated Eid-al Fitr on 1st and 2nd May to mark the end of Ramadan, including many of our refugee families and friends. To mark the occasion we organised gifts for all the children aged under 12, vouchers for the teenagers, and a voucher or cash for each family. We wish all our…

  • Ukraine crisis

    For the latest guidance and updates on support for refugees from Ukraine, visit our Ukraine page.

  • Finding homes for Ukraine: report from our meeting

    Our secretary, Valerie Booth, reports back from a meeting on 31st March to discuss our support for refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine arriving in Richmond. In response to the current crisis, we invited existing and new contacts to join us at the Vineyard Community Centre. We had approximately 20 attendees, most having signed up…

  • Comments from Sarah Olney’s coffee morning

    Our Housing Officer, Simone Webster, reports back from another very useful meeting with Sarah Olney MP on Wednesday 30th March. Sarah gave us the opportunity to outline our work to date and advise of tomorrow’s discussion and recruitment meeting, which she offered to publicise. After a brief update on the political and military status of…

  • Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

    Volunteers from Refugees Welcome in Richmond met with Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park, today on Friday 11th March at her constituency office. We discussed setting up a database collating offers of local sponsorship and accommodation to facilitate resettlement of Ukrainian refugees as soon as the proposed government sponsorship scheme is announced. Other issues we raised…

  • Let your property and give an Afghan family a home

    In response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames signed up to accept Afghan refugees under the Government’s and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Schemes. With thousands of Afghan refugees waiting in limbo in bridging hotels, more properties are urgently needed to give families the stability they…

  • Spring Party 2022

    Our Befriending Team Leader and Safeguarding Officer, Elizabeth Byrne-Hill, recalls Refugees Welcome in Richmond’s Spring Party on 5th March 2022. Covid restrictions made a New Year’s Party seem unwise and a postponed date in March sounded an excellent idea. But as we approached the Youth Centre on a rather gloomy Saturday afternoon, a wintry wind was blowing…

  • Newsletter 2021

    We apologise for the long gap since letting you have news of our activities. We all know the reasons why. The past eighteen months have been difficult in terms of visiting and supporting the six Syrian families living in Richmond under the SVPR scheme, but we have been able to offer support with on-line and…

  • Refugees and The Three Peas

    Thursday 29th June was a special occasion for Refugees Welcome in Richmond (RWinR). We joined with The Three Peas to present an evening of lyrical Syrian music and talks to the accompaniment of the most delicious food and drink. It was a balmy evening, making the secluded garden of the Vineyard Church Café an ideal…

  • Stories out of Syria

    On Thursday 30th June 2016, Refugees Welcome in Richmond hosted our launch event ‘Stories out of Syria’ in the Waldegrave Drawing Room at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. The aim of the event was to celebrate Syrian culture, raise awareness of what’s been going on in Syria, and gather support for our project to provide…