Refugee Tales, 3rd – 5th July 2020

A Walk In Solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees

Refugee Tales is rooted in the work of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) inspired by the experiences of those held in immigration detention. There has been an annual walk since 2015 calling for an end to indefinite detention and all are very welcome to walk with us in solidarity. This Year Refugee Tales is going online! Refugee Tales Online takes place from 3 to 5 July 2020 with talks, readings, music and tales.

Events will be held on 3, 4, 5 July starting with a morning reading, and with morning, lunchtime, afternoon and evening events all accessed from the Home Page of the Refugee Tales website. During 3 to 5 July the Home Page will become the Refugee Tales Online venue. Each of the three days will end with an evening reading and music at 7pm. Please register to attend the free evening events 

Refugee Tales is asking people to walk in solidarity over the period of 3rd – 5th July. The walk doesn’t have to be long, it can be just an hour – it’s the intention rather than the length that is important. If you do walk in solidarity, please send Refugee Tales a photo or reflection. Photos, especially on the theme of ‘bridges’, emphasising how we are connected around the world in our call for a future without detention, can be sent to

Refugee Tales face masks for sale

The government is recommending that a face mask is worn when entering a shop or closed space and when using public transport. Refugee Tales masks are on sale with their logo on the fabric. There are also masks made from beautiful quality fabrics to choose from.  The masks have an outer 100% cotton layer and an inner layer of poplin used for NHS scrubs and face masks Oeketex approved. The fabric is 97% cotton, 3% elastane, washable and reusable. Donations 75p is donated to Refugee Tales and the work of GDWG with every Refugee Tales mask or other masks sold. It is also possible to donate to Greg, one of GDWG’s trustees who is a Birthday Ambassador packing masks and burning the midnight oil after his day job!

Here is the link for your orders.



The masks are made by The Saffron Stitch, a business started by someone with lived experience of detention who writes: “Without Refugee Tales and the GDWG from which it grew there would be no Saffron Stitch.”