Professional Action and Practice for Refugees and Displaced People

Following the International Day for Tolerance, Manchester Metropolitan University and PAPYRUS Team are glad to invite you to the event ‘Professional Action and Practice for Refugees and Displaced People’ that will be held on Saturday 17th of November in Manchester.

The event aims to:

  • promote organisations working with refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people
  • create an open, listening and debating space for practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and relevant NGO’s in the broad areas of work with refugees and displaced people to come together and learn
  • value perspectives from across various sectors and create opportunities for new connections, creativity and engagement
  • create a productive place for learning about new areas and sharing materials and resources helpful in work with refugees and displaced people.

Professional Action and Practice for Refugees and Displaced People

Saturday 17 November

12 noon – 6pm

Manchester Met Business School

How do we instigate positive change for youth refugees and professionals working with them? How do we provide access to the UK’s education system?

This event focuses on how we can create innovative and accessible ways to share knowledge, build expertise and develop practice to help integrate refugees and displaced people into our society and support professionals working with them. 

Join us for keynote speeches from Gulwali Passarlay (My Bright Kite CIC), Tendayi Madzunzu (Manchester Refugee Support Network) and MP Afzal Khan (Labour MP for Manchester Gorton), as well as interactive workshops and a vibrant charity village.

There’s no need to choose your workshops in advance, just sign up on the day.


  • 12 noon – 1pm – Welcome and lunch
  • 1pm – 1.10pm – Welcome from Professor Robert Hulme
  • 1.10pm – 1.50pm – Keynote speaker: Gulwali Passarlay
  • 1.50pm – 2.30pm – Keynote speaker: Tendayi Madzunzu
  • 2.30pm – 3.00pm – Audience discussion
  • 3.00pm – 3.45pm – Workshop session one: you can attend one of three workshops facilitated by: Asylum Link Merseyside, REACHE and Manchester Refugee Support Network
  • 3.45pm – 4.30pm – Workshop session two: you can attend one of three workshops facilitated by: PAPYRUS Project Team, Refugee Women Connect and Care4Calais
  • 4.30pm – 4.45pm – Refreshments
  • 4.45pm – 5.15pm – Keynote speaker: MP Afzal Khan
  • 5.15pm – 5.45pm – Audience discussion
  • 5.45pm – 6.00pm – Closing speech


Excellence in practice is visible across the European Union but not consolidated or innovatively delivered.

The Professional Action and Practice for Youth Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAPYRUS) project supports youth workers and other professionals working with displaced refugee and asylum seeking youth across the EU and in the countries on its border to develop strong support networks and innovative training resources.