On Tuesday 21st June we held an event to celebrate national Refugee week 2016. Our ‘Home from Home’ event was a big success with Baytree students and their families having a great time eating food from all over the world and taking part in activities kindly put on by volunteers from Baytree, Wonder Foundation and LSE. Our girls, mums and visitors re-created the flags of their home countries, made friendship bracelets, watched a cooking demonstration and enjoyed listening to the music from around the world. The second part of the evening was spent learning about Refugees and why cooperation & understanding are so important in welcoming new members of the community.

The event concluded with a performance by a group of girls from our Into School project. This included two dances and a rendition of James Brown’s ‘It is a man’s world’ by Jocasta – a lovely and moving tribute to her time in the UK and experience at Baytree. Everyone who attended ‘Home from Home’ agreed it was a wonderful evening, with students and volunteers leaving the centre feeling informed and inspired.

We would like to say a special thank you to the Wonder Foundation and volunteers from LSE – without your support we would not have been able to hold such a great event. Our thanks also go out to our special guest and London Assembly member Florence Eshalomi who joined in the celebrations with her little daughter. And last but least, thank you to all those who brought such delicious food to add to our spread, and those who donated to our fundraiser jumble sale.

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