In a world where human rights violations, violence and starvation force thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, on 20 June, we mark World Refugee Day  and commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.

Voices Welcome strives for a society where refugees in the UK feel welcome and connected.

Our project in Peckham is creating singing opportunities for local refugees and we have partnered with Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS)  to deliver singing sessions which complement the services offered to local refugees.

Singing together can improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation but many refugees are unlikely to consider joining established groups.

Voices Welcome overcomes these barriers and helps to empower local communities to connect through singing. Since our project launched in Spring 2019 it has been well received and participants have been sharing and learning songs from Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal.

The sessions also offer opportunities to bring the community together, with volunteers from local Peckham choirs joining the singing sessions.

We stand together with refugees around the world today, and every day.