Past Events

Swindon Schools and The Tuppenny

During November 2021 we had a ‘Month of Welcome’ – Swindon Show Your Hearts.
We collaborated with Create Studios who took professional photos of students in both secondary and primary schools with their orange heart messages. We were then we hosted at The Tuppenny bar where local businesses and charities joined us with their messages of welcome and photos were taken of them by Create Studios.
This all led to our billboard of Welcome over Christmas 2021.

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Old Town Swindon

Using the photographs of Swindon schools and local organisations we worked with Create Studios to create a Billboard of Welcome in a prominent position in Old Town Swindon. We were offered the billboard space by local estate agents Richard James for 3 weeks over Christmas.
It caused a stir in local press and a conversation via Facebook with over 150 people on welcoming people to our town.

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Liverpool

This was an event organised by Feeding Liverpool and Micah, to explore ways in which Refugees and the Foodbank/Pantry network can improve the way we all interact.

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Formby

On Thursday 10th February we assembled for a beach clean with refugees and local people, on Formby Beach. Stronger Together!

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Liverpool

This was a march organised by Vauxhall Law Centre, with organisations and individuals opposed to the Bill, walking along Princes Avenue to St Brides Church where we assembled to hear speakers and the Choir.

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Brecon and area

50 people attended a gathering by Brecon Museum (y Gaer) to share their concerns about the Nationality and Borders Bill. We heard brief talks about why we should all be worried about the Bill and took photos to put on Facebook and Twitter. 10 Flags were placed on flagpoles around our area to show support for all refugees.

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Warwick

24 people met in front of the medieval Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick to express our concern about the Nationality and Borders bill and our hope for a more compassionate, generous and just response to refugees. A local primary school sent a large orange heart collage, and others brought posters or heart cushions.

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Hay on Wye

frequent market stalls in Hay market to tell people about the Nationality and Borders bill and seek them to sign a petition and let their MP know of their concerns.

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Summerseat (Bury)

Everyone at Summerseat Methodist Primary School turned out in March 2022 to say ‘We stand Together with Refugees’. There’s a host of activities planned next week to demonstrate the importance of caring for refugees and all people less fortunate than ourselves.

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Wolverhampton

Humans of Wolverhampton joined with local members of Amnesty and City of Sanctuary to speak to the public about the Nationality and Borders Bill. They asked people to sign a Valentine’s postcard to send to their MP. Interesting conversations were had, new friends made and over 120 postcards completed. These were delivered on Valentine’s Day to the three Wolverhampton MPs.

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Romsey, Hampshire

Caroline Nokes MP for Romsey and Southampton North showing that she is #TogetherWithRefugees at Sadler’s Mill beauty spot.

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People’s History Museum – Manchester

The People’s History Museum held exhibitions on migration and their stories and displayed a giant orange heart in their window.

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St Peters Square – Manchester

A rally against the Nationality and Borders Bill, featuring crafted orange hearts made in an online zoom workshop. 

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Southampton and Winchester

A rally was organised by Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group, attended by local bishops. Volunteers also attended mass at several churches.

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Guild Hall – Swansea

Lit up the Guildhall orange with a procession of people going to see it, including local politicians.

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Tynemouth beach – Tynemouth

A stunning orange heart in sand, gaining local coverage and lots of social media attention. Linked to North-East pledge / open letter signed by more than fifty groups in the region.

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Tenby beach – Tenby

Local residents held a stunning protest on the beach, with an orange heart in the sand and the Warsan Shire quote, ‘no one puts their child in a boat unless the water is safer than the land’ with life jackets and teddy bears.

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Tree planting – Offas Dyke

Refugees and asylum seekers working with Asylum Link and locals planted trees to restore over 300m of ancient hedgerow on the iconic Offas Dyke.

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Penrith Clock Tower – Penrith

A rally with orange hearts and supporters wearing orange clothing organised by Penrith and Eden Refugee Network. Local businesses had supplies of posters for people to collect and display in their window. 

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Parliament Square – London

Refugees Welcome rally with music and lived experience speakers organised by members including Imix and the Sisters No Strangers coalition. Attendees included MPs and peers such as Alf Dubs. 

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Leeds Minster – Leeds

A coalition of local groups organised a rally with handmade orange hearts in City Square, attended by the mayor. 

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Lancaster Town Hall – Lancaster

Gathered on the steps of the Town Hall to raise awareness about the Bill to local decision makers, securing local news coverage.

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Piece Hall – Halifax

An ornate orange hearts display was organised at Orange Box by the St Augustine’s Centre, with a community viewing event, with the iconic Piece Hall also being lit up orange.

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Hastings Pier – Hastings

Hastings Community of Sanctuary organised a sunset vigil for to stand against the Anti-Refugee Bill, call for a kinder fairer asylum system and to remember those who have crossed the Channel, sometimes losing their lives. 

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The Trades Hall – Glasgow

Scottish Refugee Council and other Scottish members organised a lived experience led rally at the Trades Hall, receiving lots of prominent media coverage.

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University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh

Solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers rally organised by University of Edinburgh students, members of Edinburgh STAR.

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Broadgate – Coventry

Held a rally to say Refugees Welcome and oppose the Anti-Refugee Bill. Also to hold a vigil for Henok, a 23 year old Eritrean asylum seeker who was found dead at the Caludon Centre psychiatric unit in August. Organised by CARAG, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and Central England Law Centre. 

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St Mary’s Church – Brecon

Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees organised a rally. Supporters wore orange clothes and held orange hearts, and banners to symbolise lifejackets and hope, before joining to create a ‘Circle of Love’ around the church, attended by a member of the Senedd and local Councillors. Also handed in a petition to local MP Fay Jones. 

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City Park – Bradford

Bradford City of Sanctuary, BIASAN, the Racial Justice Network and AROUK organised a rally to show support for refugees and stand against the Nationality and Borders Bill.

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Brighton beach – Brighton & Hove

Refugee Support Europe, Sanctuary on Sea Sussex STAR, organised an orange heart made out of people on Brighton beach outside the i360, complete with wonderful drone footage and a film of the action.

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