Swansea City of Sanctuary is hosting a thematic workshop on September 25th with a focus on using art, drama, creative writing, and digital voice as a way of capturing and representing voices and stories from Asylum Seekers and Refugees that are not often heard. This will be followed by activities in the afternoon that highlight the importance of supporting and sharing ideas about how organisations and individuals could take action to welcome and support Asylum Seekers and Refugees. This will include workshops and presentations on what barriers there are to participation, how to include Asylum Seeker and Refugee voices in your organisation as well as what organisations have done that could be replicated as examples of best practice.
This workshop is designed for organisations that do not have much experience in supporting and working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees but would like to gain more knowledge about some of the barriers that are faced by people seeking sanctuary. Additionally it is aimed at organisations that are looking for new and interesting ways of representing and including Refugee and Asylum Seeker voices within organisations.
Some of our supporters who will be contributing to the day include the West Yorkshire Playhouse, African Community Centre, Oasis, Hafan Books and the Uk’s first Shop of Sanctuary Oxfam Castle Street.
In the evening there is a play called 9 Lives by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Taliesin at 7.30pm, it would be an excellent way of concluding the workshop. Here is a blurb about the play:
‘Fleeing from his home in Zimbabwe where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life, Ishmael has sought sanctuary in the UK. Dispersed to Leeds, Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he waits for a new life to begin amongst strangers. Strangers who don’t trust him and don’t want him there. But not everyone is bad… can he find a place to call home again?’
To find out more and to book tickets please go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hearing-the-unheard-tickets-18308165215
If you have any queries, please contact Richenda by email.