The Grange is dedicated to building resilience but with global events this feels particularly difficult at the moment. Reading and watching the reports from Syria, Greece, Lebanon, Macedonia, France and elsewhere of the plight of countless people desperately seeking sanctuary and safety away from war and persecution has been difficult. Friends have visited camps in France and Greece to donate food and other essentials and have come back speaking of witnessing human suffering on an appalling scale.
A huge number of people have contacted us recently asking how they can support asylum seekers and refugees in their area. We have decided to put together a booklet with some suggestions and case studies which will be ready later in the year. For now, this e-mail is to encourage you to help out in any way you can, and also to ask you to share ways you are already working with refugees so we can include it in the booklet and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thegrangenorfolk
The City of Sanctuary website has some useful ideas on these pages
. Many people who stay with us tell us of small acts of kindness they have received, often from strangers, that have made a phenomenal difference to their lives. Invitations to dinner, space on an allotment, shelter for a night or sometimes for several years, volunteering for charities and support organisations - what can you offer? Last year, Ben was motivated to explain some of our own motivation for what we do in a poem called 'Bisrat' which you can listen to here
On an immediate level, if you are able to offer any financial support, please consider giving to some of these appeals: