Our thanks to Exeter City Council for the grant we received towards our #Refugee Week Schools project. A huge thanks also to Devon Ukrainian Association, whose members helped deliver the workshops- and also to the wonderful children and staff we worked with at 9 primary schools. In all we worked with 1200 children!
Assemblies/Workshops: We visited 6 primary schools within Exeter: Newtown, Alphington, St Gabriel’s, St. Nicholas, Montgomery, and Ladysmith. We also ran assemblies/workshops at Ide, Stoke Canon and Clyst St Mary schools. The assemblies involved the whole school or KS2, while the workshops were with either year 5 or 6 or both and had a very positive response from all the children and staff at each school.
Orange Hearts of Welcome : The hearts the children made reflected their ideas and feelings, and they wrote a message on one side for sanctuary seekers living and arriving in Exeter while decorating the other side .These hearts were then displayed at the Refugee celebratory event ,Transit Shed on Exeter Quay on Saturday 24th June. They added a a great splash of colour, but also many people commented on the messages from the children and how moving they were. Many of those resettled or seeking asylum in Exeter participated /attended alongside members of the public. With a full programme of music , activities, food and stalls, this was a real celebration of refugees.