Huge thanks to everyone involved in the lyrical feat that was last Sunday's Enfield Poem-a-thon, with inspiring poetry, a great audience and a vibrant atmosphere, the event was a massive success, raising an incredible £11,229!
Do you have a couple of hours to spare this Saturday? Join ERW members at Palace Gardens Shopping Centre, Enfield Town, to raise awareness of our work with refugees, hand out leaflets and/or shake a bucket. All volunteers welcome and help appreciated.
ERW fundraisers will be there from 9am-5 pm.
Join Enfield Refugee Welcome for a nine-hour festival of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Day, and help raise money to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Enfield.
“I am so proud that Enfield has the first non-affiliated community group in the country to give the opportunity of a new life to a family of refugees. Although a poetry marathon seems an unlikely way to raise money, a similar event in Sheffield proved that poetry really can change lives.” (Poet Maggie Butt, Enfield poem-a-thon organizer).
The Enfield poem-a-thon features more than 60 sponsored poets, including nationally known names, local poets and children from Highfield Primary School.
It takes place on Sunday 1st October in the Dugdale Centre, Enfield town, running from 10am to 7pm, with poets reading for 8 minutes each. The event will be formally opened by the Deputy Mayor, and will have a cake stall, a tombola and a poetry book stall.
Our first sponsored family have arrived from the Turkish refugee camp where they have been living for the past two years. To respect their privacy we cannot give too many details, but are keen to keep you updated about the amazing things your support has enabled.
The family expressed their joy at arriving in London, and their thanks for the pre-arrival information sent by ERW - they had more info than other families attending the resettlement / cultural briefings who were going to other countries. They like their new home and slept well on their first night here. Mum was delighted with the Mother’s Union Welcome pack and the cooked meal awaiting them. The children loved the clothes hanging in the wardrobe for them.
The family are looking forward to learning English and the children immediately began practicing greetings, goodbyes and elementary phrases they had already learnt. The children are very much looking forward to going to school and were even a little disappointed to hear that they would have to wait until September. Their interests include football and swimming.
A very successful training session for our volunteer befrienders and interpreters. Many thanks to all involved.
We are all very excited that our first family arrives this week. We have a great team of committed volunteer befrienders and interpreters ready to greet the family and help them settle in.
There are still a few time slots on our rota over the next couple of months for Arabic speaking interpreters. These are mostly weekday morning or afternoons for a couple of hours, or being on standby to take a call from the family on one of our phones and pass information on to our befriender coordinator.
If you speak Arabic and are able to help we would love to hear from you.
We are looking for a rectangular, low / coffee table for our family, if anyone has one in good condition that they are able to donate we would be very grateful. Please send pictures and measurements if possible. We can collect. Many thanks!
We are delighted to announce that our first family, a mother and her children, will be arriving in July. Members of ERW have been hard at work preparing the house, getting Enfield Council on board and securing their approval, ensuring school places and setting up the necessary infrastructure; befrienders and interpreters are ready to offer the family all the support they may need in settling in.
This is a major milestone in our journey as community sponsors and we would like to thank everyone who has made the arrival of this family possible. The journey does not stop here and we hope that this will be the first of further refugees we, as a community and a group, are able to welcome.
It’s time to get ready to celebrate Refugee Week!
Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Anyone can get involved by organising or attending one of the events. This year it runs from the 19-25 June.
Would you like to organise something as part of Enfield Refugee Welcome? This can be as simple as hosting a meal or a picnic and inviting civic leaders. Last year we presented a Refugee Welcome award to a local GP for her work with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos; this was covered by the Enfield Independent. Perhaps there is someone you know who has made a difference to the lives of refugees who you would like to award? There are a lot of resources and information available on: http://refugeeweek.org.uk
There are also lots of great events. Some that might be of interest are:
Let us know if you are going to one of these and would like to meet up with other Enfield Refugee Welcome supporters.
If you decide to organize an event, no matter how big or small, let us know so that we can advertise it on the website, or post a notice on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/enfieldrefugeeswelcome