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Supporting Refugees and Displaced Children

Supported by Save the Children

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Get in touch to request a speaker from the Save the Children, to help you explore the theme of supporting refugees and displaced children. Depending on availability and where your group is based, this could be a physicalvirtual or pre-recorded session. 

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Step one: identify the need

What would you take?

Get thinking practically about young people’s experiences when they flee their home because of a conflict.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Word or phrase charades

Mime or sign a common word or phrase as we look at the challenges of communicating with those who speak other languages.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Strongest shelter challenge

Work as a team to build a shelter from the materials you have, to get an idea of what life can be like for refugees and displaced children.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Emoji maps

Make maps with symbols to help guide refugees and displaced children in new and unfamiliar places.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Displaced cook off

See what life is like for those who must cook and eat after being displaced in this challenging cook-off.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Community connections

We are closer to people around the world than ever - find the connections between migrants, refugees and yourself.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Step two: plan action

Safe spaces

Discover what makes a safe, child-friendly space, build your own, and learn how Save the Children use them.

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Spread the word

How will you get your voice heard and spread the word about the issues facing refugees and displaced children?

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Hunt the ring

Learn a game from another country that’s been affected by conflict, then think about your favourite games.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Plan a community impact event

Plan an event in your local area to raise awareness of the issues refugees and displaced children face.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Kind news

Can you think critically and challenge the headlines to build empathy for people affected by conflict?

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Welcome new arrivals

What makes you feel welcome when you arrive somewhere new? Could your group be more welcoming?

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 45 minutes

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Step three: take action

Hold a child friendly space event

Build a child-friendly space in your community and use it to raise awareness about refugees and displaced children.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Forced to flee solidarity walk

Follow one family’s escape from conflict with this interactive walk.          

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Welcoming messages

Send a welcoming message to young refugees and displaced children to show them they are welcome in the UK.

Ages: 4 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Welcoming signs

Design and display signs that show refugees and displaced children are welcome in your local community.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Show your support for the children of Afghanistan

Learn about the crisis in Afghanistan and create artwork to show your support for children forced to leave their homes.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Share a story

Create your own books to tell your community about the lives of refugees and displaced children.

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Share an international activity

Share meals, games, and dances from communities who’ve been affected by conflict.                           

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Step four: learn and make more change

Caring map

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and make a visitor guide to your community.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Debate the Sustainable Development Goals

Which goal should people focus on to help refugees and displaced children? Make your choice then defend your decision.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Making connections

Build links with other Scout groups and learn about diversity in Scouts.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 3 hours

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Step five: tell the world

Sustainable development time capsule

Create a time capsule with a message for the present and the future.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Quiz your community

Share your knowledge of the crises which force children to flee their homes, and quiz your community to raise awareness.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Share a shelter activity at an event

Share what you’ve learned about refugees and displaced children by building shelters at an event.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 6 hours

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