On Thursday the 25th of June, the Hammersmith and Fulham Refugee Forum event to celebrate Refuge Week 2015 took place in Riverscourt Methodist Church in Hammersmith . At the event I presented the results of my one year project ‘Our Stories Our Voices’. This project started with the collaboration of the Hammersmith and Fulham Refugee Forum and the Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre with the aims of promoting the image and the contribution of migrants and refugees in the society, raising awareness of the issues faced by migrants and refugees, encouraging greater understanding and intercultural exchange and fostering social inclusion and cohesion.
To achive this we worked first with the BBC to create some short documentary films in which refugees were interviewed about their experiences. We also decided to run some creative workshops with young people from a refugee background, with the help of volunteers from the British Red Cross and Shepherd’s Bush Families Project. During the workshops the children wrote traditional stories from their countries and illustrated them. Their stories were then put together using an on-line platform. The parents of the children involved in the project gave very positive feedback and said how happy and proud their children had been to have their stories choosen. The manger of Shepherd’s Bush Families Project, Tina Mayer, was equally positive and said they would very much like to take part in any simular project we might run again in the future.
Mulla and the Donkey:
The Lying Princess:
The King and the Seed:
The Four Sticks:
The interviews with the story tellers and more information about the Our Voices our Stories project can be found here: www.hfrf.org.uk/projects