Refugee Radio founder Stephen Silverwood: the last 10 years
Brighton-based Steve started Refugee Radio 10 years to create an arts programme with refugees but it quickly morphed into a mental health support service.
Steve talks about this critical servce, but also in the context of the last decade working with refugees and the UK bureaucracy. Although the UK and Europe are still reluctant to resettle and support refugees, attitudes have improved. Although we’ve seen a right wing backlash over the last 2 years, it was a lot worse.
Seeing pictures of tragedy raises awareness but what can we do to create more compassionate, welcoming attitudes? Frequently we hear an economic argument but what about demonstrating that these people are humans, just like you and me.
Refugee Radio has also organised a public event at the Old Courtroom, opposite the Brighton Dome, from 4pm-6pm on Saturday 20th January. A diverse panel of voices will be discussing the politics and policies affecting refugees.
Chair: Jacob Berkson (Thousand 4 1000)
Rossel Ahmed (Sussex Syrian Community)
Medyan Dairieh (Vice News)
Ivo Kuka (Southern Cameroons National Council)
Alex Mkuva Ntung (Education 4 Diversity)
Andrew Wealls (Conservative Party)