A guest post by Rose Adderley, Marketing Intern at Ashley Community Housing Bristol.
All of Ashley Community Housing’s regional offices have been celebrating Refugee Week across the country. In Bristol we extended the week to a longer celebration – Bristol Refugee Festival. Wolverhampton ACH also held many events to enjoy their Refugee Week. Here is a summary of all the things Ashley Community Housing have done towards Refugee Week.
Celebrating Sanctuary was held on 9th July in celebration of Bristol Refugee Festival. The day consisted of great music, food, stalls and much more. It was a family friendly event, and was held on Queen Square in Bristol – the sun was out which made the day even better! Ashley Community Housing had a stall set up there. This had information about us, interactive activities and sweets to enjoy. We’ve put together a short video of our day which you can see below:
Bristol Refugee Festival Bike Ride
As part of our contribution towards Bristol Refugee Festival we gathered together tenants, staff and volunteers to cycle 18.2 miles from Bristol to Saltford and back again. We set off on the 10th July from Felix Road in Easton towards our destination of a riverside picnic spot near Saltford, Bath. Our journey took us along the Bristol to Bath cycle path and fortunately the sun was out for our 45-minute ride there. In total, 18 people took part in our bike ride, allowing a large mix of individuals to come together, some who possibly wouldn’t have previously.
The ride there was fun but a bit tiring, luckily, we arrived to find some of our staff members had started a BBQ and picked a great location near the canal. The sun was still shining which allowed us to all eat lunch together and some people even went for a swim!
After filling up and cooling off, we decided to play some games to get everyone to join in. One of our tenants suggested a game he used to play called the ‘vegetable game’. This gave way to a lot of laughter! The boys also had a football so were playing together with that which was great to watch.
When it was time to leave there had been a lot of friendships made and Ashley Community Housing feel we achieved our goal of getting everyone together for an afternoon of fun. The ride home was still lovely as the weather had kept up, and it was more downhill!
Here at Ashley Community Housing, we encourage our tenants to get involved with their local communities and try to engage the public to join in with our events, like the cycle ride. If you would like to suggest a similar get-together with us then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s Refugee Week was a lot of fun! At ACH Wolverhampton, we were able to put on events on every day of the week, which gave our tenants and staff a wide range of activities to be a part of. These ranged from art classes in the local art gallery to a visit to Stratford upon Avon where we got to go on boats on the river and listen to Inua Ellams, a refugee, perform his spectacular poetry and listen to his incredible story.