Hammersmith and Fulham Refugee Forum teamed up with Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre to produce four short film interviews with people from refugee backgrounds who have settled in the UK thanks to support from our local refugee groups here in West London.


The films were made for us by BBC Outreach and Corporate Responsibility based at White City.


The four short films can be watched on YouTube by clicking on the images below:


Watch Ibrahim’s Story:



Watch Shwan’s Story:



Watch Sadja’s Story:



Watch Mohammed’s Story:



The BBC clips are part of a larger project called Our Stories, Our Voices, funded by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.




Projects delivered and services offered by the Refugee Forum include:


Working with Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre we held creative workshops to encourage children and young people from refugee backgrounds to bring us stories from their homelands. Once collected, some of these were read out to local schools and some at local libraries.


A selection of the stories have been animated. See Below and click the image to watch online:


Mulla And The Donkey:



The Lying Princess:



The King and The Seed:



The Four Sticks:




The Media Project at HFRF seeks to raise the profile of the Forum and the individual Refugee Community Organisations in the borough and neighbouring areas, in the Media. The purpose is to achieve positive, fair and balanced coverage to counter the negative and often inaccurate reporting in the media.


Besides supporting RCOs to deal more effectively with journalists, the project aims to represent the interest of member organisations on a strategic level and support RCOs as a united voice.


One-on-one advice sessions and training workshops are also provided to help RCOs recognise potential news stories, equip them with the confidence to deal directly with the media, initiate contacts to ‘sell’ their story to the media and to know how to respond to media request for an interview.


The Media Officer is Phil Cooper. And the Project is funded by the Trust for London.


You may contact the Forum and ask us to assist with your publicity needs. Also if you have a story to share let us know. Contact Phil Cooper on


Other projects run by HFRF have included:


A project (funded by City Bridge Trust) to organise training for volunteers and to assist local refugee community organisations as to how they can make better use of volunteers, how to recruit and retain them.


A project (funded by the London Development Association) to provide English tuition with the aim of assisting refugees into employment.


A project, (funded by City Bridge Trust) to provided capacity building advice to local refugee groups covering such things as governance, business planning, budgetting and applications for funding.


A report on the need for support for women in refugee communities experiencing domestic violence. This was a joint enterprise with the organisation Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. (See the research section on this website)


An Information Project (funded by City Bridge Trust) to create communications networks and to gather and disseminate information relevant to the work carried out by refugee community organisations in the borough.


In support of these project aims the Refugee Forum has organised dozens of training and advice workshops run by specialist trainers.




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