REFUGEES are welcome in Stratford.
That’s the message that community group Welcome Here want to send out during Refugee Week, which runs from Monday.
Throughout the week, people can find out more about refugees through a number of talks and events in the town.
This year’s theme is ‘Different Past, Shared Future’ and organisers hope it will help promote a positive attitude towards people who have been forced to flee their homelands.
The week begins with the Great Get Together picnic on Sunday, in honour of MP Jo Cox. People are invited to join the group at the recreation ground, next to the bandstand, from noon
At 1.30pm RSC actor Andrew Woodall, currently playing Julius Caesar at the RSC, will speak in memory of Jo’s maiden speech, when she said: “There is more that unites than divides us.”
Other activities in the week include a vigil from on Wednesday at the Guild Chapel from 3pm to 5pm, and performances of Life Raft at the Playbox Theatre in Leamington, which tells the story of children stranded at sea.
In December 2015, Stratford District Council agreed to help 12 families as part of the Government’s resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees. To date, two families have relocated to the town.
Visit www.facebook.com/SUAwelcomehere to find out more about Stratford’s Welcome Here group.
To book tickets for Life Raft, visit www.playboxtheatre.com.