World Refugee Day at Mires Beck
World Refugee Day is about spreading awareness and supporting refugees around the world to be protected, and included in important things, such as education, sport, and health care.
The theme for this year's World Refugee Day is 'together we heal, learn and shine'.
Did you know that people who have been forced to leave their countries stuggle to find doctors when they're ill, and struggle to find places for their children to play, and schools for their education.
Did you also know that 47% of applications gave asylum seekers protection in March 2021.
At Mires Beck Nursery, Alice, Gary and the Estate Team have been building a Garden of Sanctuary to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to our community, and for them to have a safe space to visit. The Sanctuary Awards are given by the community of local groups and City of Sanctuary UK to recognise and celebrate an organisation’s commitment to the Sanctuary values. This includes the Sanctuary’s vision of inclusivity and welcome, which enables us to be part of the City of Sanctuary network.
The sanctuary awards spreads engagement of a wider section of society and into the further increasing movement of welcoming and including other cultures to our country. The garden includes plants and fruits that may have been in their original countries, or which they experiences/saw on their journey to us. We hope they will feel comfortable at our nursery.
We have been accredited the 'Garden of Sanctuary' award, and on World Refugee Day, we will be going live on Facebook to launch our award-winning Garden! On Thursday, Alice (the designer and lead creator of the garden), will be talking about how she came up with the designs of the garden and the behind the scenes work. On Sunday, Cecil (the manager of Open Doors), and Jayne Mercer who is the Chief Executive Officer CIAC (Community Integration Advocacy Centre) Humber, will be talking about the award and will be officially opening our Garden of Sanctuary!
Open Doors is a charity which supports refugees, asylum seekers and migrants by providing them with clothes, food and education. We have been working with Open Doors through Cecil who is the manager of the charity, and we hope to work more with his refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, after COVID-19, to provide them with work experience to enable them to get jobs in the future.
One of the ways this garden will help is by giving refugees work experience, for them to be able to become employed in the future. Please donate to our charity to help us get more equipment for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who would like to help us out in the future.