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Refugee week

Refugee week

West Northants will celebrate Refugee Week from Monday with a number of events to raise awareness of issues affecting asylum seekers and the local support available to them.

Throughout the week of 20 to 26 June, events will take place at the University of Northampton, Delapre Abbey and online, with a full programme of speakers and presentations also planned at the Guildhall on Thursday, 23 June.

The activities will showcase all the support available to refugees in West Northamptonshire, whose communities have welcomed hundreds of individuals and families fleeing persecution from places including the Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria. More »

Recent resettlement schemes have included supporting the arrival and community care needs of nearly 400 Afghan nationals and more than 290 local people coming forward as sponsors for Ukrainian families as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

West Northamptonshire Council's (WNC) Diverse Communities Forum will be hosting the event in the Guildhall alongside Town of Sanctuary, from 4pm to 6pm, with stalls from organisations including Red Cross, DWP and Quakers.

There will also be a short film and a photo exhibition from L2L during the event and presentations and stories from refugees that have settled in Northants.

Cllr David Smith, WNC Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement and regulatory Services, said: "West Northants is an incredibly welcoming place and we're always astounded by people's community spirit and their willingness to help others – something which has been particularly evident during the recent Afghan and Ukrainian resettlement Programmes.

"Refugee Week provides an opportunity for us all to reflect upon the courage of refugees across the world who have been forced from their homes and countries to escape conflict, and to extend the hand of friendship to anyone in need.

"I hope that people will join us for this important programme of events and take the opportunity to learn about the stories of refugees who have joined our communities."

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.

Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week enables people from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels, as well as encouraging understanding of why people are displaced, and the challenges they face when seeking safety.

This Refugee Week explores the theme of 'Healing' and celebrates community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again through creativity and conversations. » Less

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:38 by Maureen Holliday

Refuge Sought for 2 Ukrainian refugees:

Two ladies, a mother and her 30 yr old daughter, are seeking refuge following their recent arrival in the UK.
Please contact Rev Stephen Trott by email or phone.
‭01604 845655‬
‭07712 863000‬

Posted: Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:28 by Maureen Holliday

If your child is being drawn into gangs

We have several sessions for parents during the knife angel visit - please feel free to circulate to anyone you know who might be interested - through your job or friends/family.

What to look out for if your child is being drawn into gangs - delivered by Youth Offending Service

Lodge Road, Daventry session -

Guildhall, Northampton session More »

Virtual Session

Child Sex Exploitation Session - delivered by the RISE Team (Reduction in Sexual Exploitation)
12 - 1pm 10 May at Northampton's Guildhall - soon to be available on Eventbrite

Also, Northamptonshire Children's Trust will have representatives at the Knife Angel on Wednesday 11 May from 3.30 - 4.30pm to speak to young people about healthy relationships.

Thank you.
Debbie MacColl
Community Safety & Engagement Project Officer » Less

Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2022 00:47 by Maureen Holliday