Same But Different

This activity can be run as the first activity in a group night about refugee issues, to get Elfins thinking about people who might seek sanctuary in the UK, what they need and how we can help them.

You will need: chalk or string

Time: 15 minutes

Draw a chalk circle on the floor, or make one in string, about the size of a group circle.

Ask everyone to stand just outside the circle, and to jump into it when a statement is read that applies to them.

Read each of the following statements (you could change the statements to make them more relevant to your Elfins), giving everyone time to jump into the circle and move out again:
• I have brown eyes
• I have short hair
• I support a football team
• I’m good at drawing
• I don’t like cheese
• I’ve been to a Woodcraft Folk camp
• I think Woodcraft is fun

Then pause, and read the second set of statements:
• I need food
• I need clean water
• I need my family
• I need a home
• I need to feel safe
• I need to learn things
• I need to be healthy

Everyone should jump into the circle for the statements in the second set, unless they’re feeling contrary!  

Explain that the first statements show how everyone is different, and these differences make us individuals with experiences and opinions that should be respected.

The second set of statements show that there are some basic needs that all human beings have. We all have a right to these things, but for some people these rights get lost/taken away when there is war, disaster or prejudice in their community.

That’s why some people leave their country in search of a safer, healthier place.


Look at Time To Flee which is the next activity in this group night plan to educate Elfins about refugee issues.