Mediterranean supper, music, dance and conversation
Featuring Guest speakers:
Ezziddin Yonis, a young Syrian living in Torbay and studying at Oxford University
Saif Ali, former refugee from Iraq, living in Totnes and working to help refugees and asylum seekers integrate

Also featuring local musicians, including Andy Williamson and Dunstan Belcher


Donations welcome; all proceeds to Refugee Support Devon
Facebook: ‘Ashburton Refugee Support Network’

Saturday 20 August: Dartmoor walk. If weather is bad then this will take place on Saturday 3 September.Dartmoor Picnic and Walk


Friday 30th September: Fundraising social evening of food, dancing, music and conversation with special guest speakers.


Saturday 25th June at Leaving-Home-Welcome-Home-Poster1.jpgExeter Quay – we will be taking the ‘Paper Boats’
(inspired by Bern O’Donoghue’s paper boat art project) to run as a mini craft activity at the beginning of the drop-in-drop -out walk, ‘Leaving Home-Welcome Home’ organised by Refugee Support Devon. Pip Harris will be at Exeter Quay from 10.30. If you can lend a hand or are taking part in the afternoon walk and can join in for a short while, please contact Pip directly on: or 07974 916310.


Open Arms week 13-22 May 2016.

Our group will be hosting a ‘Myth Busting’ public, free event on Friday 20th May. This event is NOT listed on the poster below. Based on the highly successful workshop we ran for our own members in February, it will be an opportunity to challenge your own ideas, assumptions and fears – and those of others, in a friendly of evening of discussion and other activities. See the page ‘Myth Busting Event’ on the main site menu for more details.

Changing Places – the first event of the Open Art week, listed below, will take place on Friday 13th May. Our group has undertaken to provide interval refreshments as part of the fundraising effort. Please contact us if you would like to be involved. The catering will be coordinated by Judy Gordon Jones.

Open Arms week flyer

Sat. 19th March – a national demonstration in London, details below. There will be an event in Ashburton, organised by ARWG, in support of and at the same time as the London march. More details to follow. Please support us if you can – Facebook event link here.

ALL OUT FOR UN ANTI-RACISM DAY – stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and facism!
#M19 #RefugeesWelcome #BlackLivesMatter
A racist offensive against refugees, migrants and Muslims is being pushed by some politicians and press. It is crucial 12346463_786862181425619_2971975576141674726_nwe respond to this by standing in solidarity against attempts to divide our communities. The appalling treatment of refugees across Europe and the staggering rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes must be challenged.

Let’s send a message that drives back the tide of racism, fascism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of migrants and refugees – we say refugees welcome here and yes to diversity!

Join the Europe-wide UN Anti-Racism Day Demonstration when tens of thousands march across Britain, with major mobilisations in London, Scotland and Wales joining thousands in cities across Europe and around the world to say no to racism.

Stand Up To Racism has led some of the biggest anti-racist
mobilisations in Britain of the last decade, including the UN Anti-racism day demonstrations of 2014 and 2015 and the 100,000 strong Refugees Welcome demonstration on 12th September 2015.

Keep checking updates for route and other details.


Next meeting: Thursday 11th February, 7.30-9.30 pm at

The Friends Meeting House,

Foales Court, off North Street, Ashburton

This will be a different kind of meeting, an opportunity to consider and discuss some of the issues related to refugees, and to begin to engage in conversations which question the Refugees Welcome message. As always, all supporters welcome.