Lucy Conroy (L6E)
During the Michaelmas term, the school's Amnesty group have been working tirelessly in support of the local charity English Plus. There were three outings for refugee families to the Nancy Oldfield Trust for some water-based activities that were funded jointly by the group and the school's Partnerships section. We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to our collection drive for the refugee welcome packs two weeks ago. It was hugely successful, and the packs will be greatly appreciated.
In addition to this, the L6 film night and the DJ dedication lunches this week helped to raise money for special Christmas gifts and tuition for those families supported by the charity, thereby making their Christmas and New Year a little bit brighter. For example, we were able to purchase 54 chocolate Santas and 54 bags of chocolate money which will be distributed to the children of the refugee community in Norwich. We are also sponsoring 8 weeks of tuition for one of the English Plus students.
With the pandemic this year, families have been more in need than ever, and English+ have continued to work non-stop helping the new members of our community. To help them continue their hugely impactful and important work and maintain their fundraising in a COVID-safe way, they have set up a crowdfunding page. They would be very grateful for any donations that you are able to make.
New Routes Integration, in partnership with four local charities which work with asylum seekers and refugees in the city, are running a Crowdfunder to enable them to continue the additional support they have been providing in the community since March.
The money raised will ensure that the most vulnerable newcomers to our region are provided with adequate food, household goods, emergency funding and additional support to help them settle in their new homes and integrate into the community.
More information can be found here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/norwich-refugee-charities
Mr Bedford-Payne with Christmas gifts purchased from funds raised by the Amnesty Group