Together with Refugees Day 2022

Today is Together with Refugees day of action, which was founded by Asylum Matters, British Red Cross, Freedom from Torture, Rainbow Migration, Refugee Action, Refugee Council and Scottish Refugee Council all with the same belief in showing compassion for people fleeing war, persecution or violence.

Together with Refugees is now a coalition of organisations big and small including grassroots, community and refugee-led groups, international development charities, trade unions and faith groups. 

Today’s aim is to raise awareness and support for a kinder, fairer and more effective approach to supporting refugees.

In solidarity and support of today, on Friday we installed an orange heart on BALTIC’s Level 5 viewing box, representing compassion for those fleeing war, persecution or violence. BALTIC is a Gallery of Sanctuary, supporting and welcoming those seeking sanctuary supporting and welcoming those from forced migrant communities to connect, find hope and moments of joy. We stand with you, we recognise that refugees have always been a part of the UK, we recognise the contributions, community and diversity that refugees bring and we will strive to build a hopeful and inclusive country for all.

The orange heart was chosen by Together with Refugees to represent compassion for refugees, symbolising hope and kindness. Inspiration was also taken from the refugee nation flag and orange to represent a lifebelt. 

As part of the install, we asked people to take an orange heart and answer the question “What does sanctuary mean to you?”, here is a selection of the answers…

“Reserve in your heart a seat for everyone”

“We stand united!”

“Everyone deserves a home. Somewhere to feel safe, loved and wanted.”

“Freedom and peace for all. All families, individuals, LGBTQ, race, disability, human rights matter.”

We would also like to take this opportunity to express out support and solidarity to the people of Ukraine. 

Image credit – Good Cause Comms

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