Community get-together at the Mosque

Photos from the Mosque visit last month. It was an opportunity for some refugees, the Church Mother’s Union Group and the Muslim community to mingle together. One refugee commented: “I just prayed for my family and everyone in Syria“.

The Mosque provided refreshments for the visitors. In addition, the Mother’s Union visitors also supported the newly established Syrian food business.

BRWR Craft Stall at The Bridge Church

Here are some photos from the Bridge Church, where the BRWR Craft Group displayed and sold their hand made items.
The Craft Group is a vehicle to further support and extend language acquisition in a “real life situation“ and help the refugees become more culturally aware through interaction with different individuals.
The Craft Group helps with integration and self esteem, as the ladies learn or teach us new skills! We made £55 from our sale, this will support the craft group activities.

Fled from distant lands

Poem by Margaret, a BRWR committee member and volunteer.

Accepted for ‘The Poetry of Worcestershire’ anthology.

Please read, then read again:

 

Fled from distant lands

Quietly we’ve settled here in Worcestershire.
Unrecognised, unknown,
Head-scarfed, long-robed, strange in the rain
Welcomed to your villages and homes.

Will you listen while we learn your tongue?
Speak of our families in far-flung lands?
We clutch their ghosts in mobile phones
Close to our eyes, our ears, our hearts.

Hear how our homes were bombed,
Our farmland burnt, our people shot.

Life has so changed.

And now in peace we want to work,
To welcome you into our homes,
Drink coffee, talk of our new hopes!

Margaret Evans