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Refugee Week events go online in Preston

Posted on - 15th June, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The Peace Gardens off Friargate in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
The Peace Gardens off Friargate in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston is joining the rest of the UK and the world to mark Refugee Week.

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The city, which is a designated City of Sanctuary, is to see two virtual events held.

Refugee Week aims to celebrate different communities with a focus on arts, culture and education.

Chief executive of Preston City Council, Adrian Phillips, said: “Preston is proud to support refugees and we have worked closely with organisations such as the Red Cross to support people fleeing desperate situations in countries such as Syria.

“We’re proud to be part of Refugee Week and hope these events, kindly coordinated by Councillor Nweeda Khan, will be an opportunity to bring people together in a celebration of culture.”

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The City of Sanctuary was declared three years ago and aims to support refugees who have started a new life in Preston.

Two virtual events are taking place, they are on Monday 15 June from 6pm-8pm, a Preston City of Sanctuary Network meeting – register via Eventbrite and receive a Zoom link

The other is on Wednesday 17 June and explores how to maintain mental wellbeing and resilience for sanctuary seekers. It runs from 6pm to 8pm and register via Eventbrite for Zoom link.

World Refugee Day is on Saturday (June 20).

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