Every year in June Millside takes part in Refugee Week, a UK-wide programme of events and activities to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and foster better understand of why people seek sanctuary. People are encouraged to organise or attend these events and activities in order to learn something new and be better educated on the struggles refugees face. Bradford is known for being a city of sanctuary, and every year a loose collective of individuals and organisations dedicated in helping destitute asylum seekers and refugees become a part of a planning group who organise a number of free events which takes place across the city. Millside was a part of this team and we organised a film screening of ‘Home is Home: the dream and nightmare’ – a short documentary following the journey of a young Congolese-British activist who travels back to her home country, Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time in 15 years. We had a great turn out with a Q&A panel discussion, highlighting the political struggles in DRC and why people are leaving as well as an opportunity for people to take action with Bradford Congo Campaign – a local based campaigning group raising awareness about human rights issues in Congo.
Our Knitting group also had a chance of exhibiting their ‘Knit the Three Peaks’ final canvas artworks in the ‘My Dream?’ refugee week art exhibition which was open to all at the Capital of Cycling in the city centre of Bradford. Millside also had an information Stall at the finale event at City Park to celebrate the end of Refugee Week, where we had an opportunity to promote our services the general public.
We look forward to getting involved with refugee week again next year.