|For Those in Peril on the Sea - Hew Locke|
On Sept 1st, 11 of us gathered at CARAS for an orientation hosted by the charity team.
Against a background of dramatic media coverage, our intention was to understand just a bit more about the 'whys, whats and hows' for refugees and asylum-seekers, and the experiences of the young people and families with whom CARAS works.
We're not familiar with the reality of life for refugees now.
- How should we offer activities so that they are meaningful to participants, and so that we share them in an appropriate way?
|Rug People - Paloma Varga Weisz|
A 2-hour discussion on this topic had to be very selective, and we take our TTT hats off to Eleanor and Molly as guides.
Thank you for your preparation and care, and thoughtful, challenging comments.
Quiz question B: What was the country of origin for the largest number of unaccompanied children entering the UK so far in 2015?
Afghanistan; Eritrea; Albania; Syria? Answer is at the end of the post.
Three of the topics that we discussed:
1. Refugees and asylum-seekers have been repeatedly processed and questioned...of course those are the steps for coming to an agreement about official leave to stay in the UK.
- To balance that experience in our activities: we'll ask for and trust that individuals have skills and that they can teach each other; we'll tackle things together rather than directing.We'll let participants volunteer what they want to tell us.
|The Folkestone Mermaid - Cornelia Parker|
- We're encouraged not to shy away from new vocabulary that can be stretching and thought-provoking. We'll explain specialist and unfamiliar language.
|Public Works - Folkestonomy|
- We'll try and reflect the atmosphere in the youth club, which "feels like a group of people having a nice time together". We'll encourage putting down roots.
And the two quiz answers? Question A: 1%. Question B: Albania.
Please contact TTT if you would like to discuss or contribute to this project. - Charles