“Refugee Week” events to be held across Sunderland

A series of events are being held in Sunderland in order to celebrate “Refugee Week” and promote awareness of refugees around the world.

Starting on Monday, June 17 participants will meet at Sunderland Minster at 9.30am.

A walk begins at 10am and features a picnic in Barnes Park at 1.30pm which organisers want to be “colourful”.

The next day sees a football tournament at Goals on Bede Campus organised by Young Asian Voices (YAV), 11am to 3pm.

Wednesday, June 19 has Breakfast With a Refugee at Back on the Map on Villette Road, at 10am to noon. This is the opportunity to meet refugees and hear their stories.

The same day at St Mary’s Church hall on Bridge Street, Friends of the Drop In (FODI) hosts a lunch, with has dancing as well as food.

At 6pm Thompson Park stages the YAV versus NAS/UWT (teaching union) cricket match. Multisports from 5pm.

On Thursday, June 20 is the Fightback lunch is at the Eagle Building on High Street East, with live music.

Friday, June 21 has a cooking session at Stockton Road URC Church from 10am. Cooks are needed if you can help.

Saturday June 22 has the Lift the Ban/market stall event, between 10am and 4pm at West Sunniside.

The week finishes on Sunday, June 23 with Citizen Songwriters between 2pm and 3.30pm, featuring Stories of Sanctuary music and a ceremony in which Sunderland College is to be awarded College of Sanctuary status.

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