Make a Difference in a Minute

Through My Window by Valerie Bloom.

The 'Make a Difference in a Minute' challenge is to write a poem on a human rights issue that can be performed in one minute.

Make a Difference in a Minute and write poems in support of the Families Together campaign which calls for more refugee families to be able to live in safety in the UK. 

You could use one of these lines to get started:

  • Being with my family is like…
  • Family is…
  • Being without my family is like…

Or explore the theme ‘time spent with my family’ and take inspiration from poets Valerie Bloom and Dean Atta’s examples. 

The Family Mystery by Dean Atta.

How to submit poems

You can submit a poem for the Families Together campaign in written form, as an audio clip or as a video. This can be taken using a smartphone or any other recording device you have available (use our 5 simple tips on how to film yourself). Remember, the Make a Difference in a Minute challenge is to create a poem that you can perform in a minute or under!

Your poetry actions will be used to support the Families Together campaign. 

A selection of poems will be chosen and showcased on our website. We will let you know if a poem is selected.

Share your poetry on social media using the #wordsthatburn hashtag and the title of your poem. 

What is the Families Together Campaign? 

The Families Together campaign calls for more refugee families to be able to live in safety in the UK. 

Home Office rules prevent many families from being together. They don’t allow separated child refugees already in the UK to bring any family members to join them. They only allow adult refugees to sponsor their spouse and any children under 18 to join them in the UK. Any child who has turned 18 cannot automatically come to live with them, even if that child is still dependent on them.

Amnesty is part of the Families Together Coalition, which is campaigning for:  

  1. Child refugees in the UK to have the right to sponsor their close family so they can rebuild their lives together 
  2. The Home Office’s definition of ‘family’ to be expanded so that young people who have turned 18 and elderly parents can come to live in safety with their families in the UK
  3. The reintroduction of legal aid so refugees who have lost everything have the necessary financial support to afford to navigate the complicated process of being reunited with their families.
words that burn - briefing - Families Together