Last Saturday saw the third annual ‘Refugee Welcome Picnic’ organised by Ledbury Refugee Support.
This yearly event brings refugees and locals together for a day of fun, food and crafty activities in rural Herefordshire.
The majority of people at this years event came down from Wolverhampton for the day. This is due to the great work being done by Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary and the link that has been forged with the Ledbury group.
There were people from all over the Middle East and Africa there. Although they all share traumatic stories of how they came to find themselves in the UK, the day was far more about building links for the future.
As well as the amazing picnic, people were given the opportunity to have a go at willow weaving, wood turning and jewellery making.
With plans for a possible City of Sanctuary group in Hereford, it’s hopes events like this could become a more regular fixture.