Refugees helped by the Nottingham-based charity Refugee Roots have said a massive ‘Thank You’ to The Becket School in Wilford for their generosity at Christmas.
A very special ‘letter’ created by the refuges and asylum seekers was delivered to the school last week.
In a whole-school project, pupils collected over 1000 items and packaged nearly 80 Christmas Food Hampers before the Autumn Term ended in December. Refugee Roots delivered the hampers to families and individuals who would have otherwise struggle to eat well over the festive period.
Head of Year 9 Tim Pickup has established the link between the school and the charity. He said: “We wanted to show our concern and friendship to people who need a new home in this country. At the same time our students have learned more about the reasons people leave their original country and why they then need help.”
Rose Henshaw and Patricia of Refugee Roots met Year 9 pupils with Form Tutor Lottie Magee at the school. These pupils had collected the most food items and were pleased with their special Thank You.
Rose said: “It was great to be able to deliver the Food Hampers to people who are trying to build a new life in Nottingham. We hope this relationship with The Becket School will continue and we will look for even more interesting ways to work together.”
Refugee Roots, formerly The Rainbow Project, helps asylum seekers and refugees build relationships and navigate the complexities of building a new life in the UK.
The charity offers a wide range of support such as befriending, where volunteers meet asylum seekers for a few hours a week to practice English, support them in accessing services and arrange volunteering opportunities, connecting refugees into their communities.
Every Wednesday, access sessions offer drop-in information, advice, and guidance, art and social groups, food and clothing distribution and English lessons. The charity also provides an accompanying service where volunteers join asylum seekers to help them navigate their new home and access to services.