Sue’s Family Story

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, “People in Motion” have been working with local communities to capture important stories about welcoming refugees in rural areas through the generations. This series of short films captures a snapshot of people’s experiences, hopes, stories and memories that may have otherwise been forgotten or pushed aside.
They will be launching the films in the coming weeks and thought they would share Sue’s story as a lovely sneak preview for you to enjoy. Sue lives in Worcestershire and is involved with the Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees community group, thank you for sharing your story Sue.

Sue’s Family Story

Redditch Borough Poem

Hope this piece will help lift spirits at what is, for many of us, a challenging time. I think Maz has done a really wonderful job pulling it all together and that all of your contributions are brilliant: a real testament to the creative spirit and affection for Redditch locally. Radwan and Ghali also feature, as well as some of our volunteers.

Redditch Borough Poem

This Autumn’s Refujuice – Now On Sale

Message from Joy, our Refujuice Project Manager:

Hello All,

Yay – RefuJuice is ready for purchase!!!

Hope everyone is doing their best to keep cheerful in these difficult times.

The good news is that despite restrictions we have managed to produce this seasons RefuJuice ready for Christmas sales.

We picked at Pershore College and a private orchard in Tardebigge. This year there is no dominant apple type in the bottles. I’m told by the manager of the press at Pershore College, that this should mean we have a really well balanced drink. We have designated the juice as ‘Avon Bank Orchard’.

If you or anyone you know would like to purchase juice it is available from me at Lickey ( or Alix in Redditch ( Email to arrange collection.

Prices are the same as last year:
Case if 12 – £32
3 bottles -£8
Single bottle £3

Thank you for all you do to support BRWR.

Best wishes,

Poetry Pamphlet Launch Video

This video previews a selection of poems, written by local people about the refugee situation and has been compiled as a fund raiser for BRWR.

To order a copy, please contact

To see more of Maz’s videos, go to

MazBroadcast videos

Fiver from a Friend Appeal

This is our Christmas appeal for our Bromsgrove Asylum Seekers. We have 150 gift bags to distribute at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 19th December. Each bag will contain a wrapped present, chocolates or sweets, a Christmas novelty, a decoration and a card with a £5 note inside, if we have enough.

Currently the hotel has 146 occupants. We’re also keeping in touch with the families who’ve been relocated to Dudley and Walsall. To date we have £175 from churches, sports clubs and the Lib Dems.

If you’d like to give, please use Paypal from the BRWR Home Page

or click Donate (

People in Motion post

We have been doing all we can to continue sorting aid during this difficult time. We have a very high volume of aid at our hub and are unable to safely operate with the volunteer numbers we need to process it. We therefore can only accept Tents, blankets, sleeping bags, new items of underwear and socks, walking boots, warm coats and toiletries. We cannot accept any other items at this time We thank you for your continued support.
The Pim Team

Free Colouring Book to celebrate Refugee Week 2020

The colouring book is based on Refugee Week 2020’s theme of “Imagine”. It was created through a partnership between Swindon City of Sanctuary and Bekah Grace Illustration  (a freelance children’s illustrator based in Swindon).

The purpose of this book is educational in the broadest sense, that adults and children alike will know about Refugee Week and possibly look into it further, and to encourage young people to use their creativity and imagination.

Download colouring book

To find out more about the project, click here:

Swindon City of Sanctuary’s Imagine Project

Have fun!

Poetry pamphlet – ‘Doors: Writing for Refugees’

Refugee Week is from June 15th. The international theme this year is ‘Imagine.’ In response, BRWR (Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees) is launching a poetry pamphlet, ‘DOORS: Writing for Refugees’ on World Refugee Day June 20th.

It is a selection of poems which local people and others have written about the refugee situation, and has been compiled as a fund raiser for BRWR.


Contributors are local Worcestershire poets, inspired and moved by the refugee experiences, with contributions from two Syrian poets who find themselves as refugees here. A door can be to the past, the present or the future. We can imagine the past or imagine the future we would like. One of our local refugees has designed the front cover of the poetry pamphlet. He is making us a launch video, which will also promote his MazBroadcast business. People may know Maz from all the voluntary work he has done for Bromsgrove Community in collecting and delivering prescriptions for housebound people during Lockdown.

WORDS, the local literary group, have given us a donation towards the printing costs of ‘DOORS: Writing for Refugees.’ It is for sale at £5 a copy for BRWR funds which support our local refugees. All BRWR workers are unpaid volunteers To order copies email :