Helping refugees since 1951 - Refugee Council

Helping refugees since 1951

Still needed. Still here.

The theme of Refugee Week 2019 ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations.

To celebrate Refugee Week we thought we’d share some photos from our archives.

In 1951 the two charities which would later merge to become the Refugee Council, were founded: the British Council for Aid to Refugees (BCAR) and the Standing Conference on Refugees (SCOR).


From 1952, elderly refugees, many of whom were Holocaust survivors, were housed in Agnew House.

"This year, BCAR was able to buy the freehold of the two houses in Cromwell Road which comprise Agnew House. We are full of admiration for Miss Oliphant’s tact in caring for the residents, whose increased age and disability make the disturbances of redecoration a problem." - Excerpt from 1969 Annual Report
This picture from our 1977 annual report shows Vietnamese refugees cooking a meal.
Learning English is as important for refugees today as it was in 1976.
And while mums and dads learnt English at our Parsons Green centre we looked after the children.

Sadly, the challenges that refugees faced then are the same as refugees face now. And we are here for them because as long as there is need, we will be here.

But we need your help.

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