Tegwen Brickley, chair of the Dyfi Network Group and Mid Wales Refugee Action member said:
“The three sessions have been fantastic opportunities to bring people together and offer recently resettled families from Syria living in Newtown and Aberystwyth an opportunity to spend time together in nature with local families, playing in the woods, cooking on fires and getting to know each other.”
Seba Dbabou who now lives in Newtown said “ We laughed when we saw the rain but we had such a wonderful day and are very happy to know everybody and see our friends.”
The events were facilitated by forest school leaders who organized activities such as den building, nature studies, creating arts and crafts with natural materials and games. People also cooked food together on the fire, played music and pressed local apples for juice.
The forest school session builds on previous sanctuary day breaks hosted by Mid Wales Refugee Action.The Syrian families living in our locality have fled the war in Syria, mostly coming to Wales through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme which is aimed at some of the most vulnerable people currently living in Syria and in refugee camps in the surrounding region.
The project was made possible thanks to funding from Outdoor Learning Wales.
Outdoor Learning Wales (OLW) is a national network that aims to increase the understanding, appreciation and sustainable use of Wales’ natural environment. OLW has awarded (£2000) funds to the local Dyfi Network Group to take forward their ‘Sanctuary in Nature.’ Outdoor Learning Wales has active network groups throughout Wales under the leadership of a national coordinator and regional facilitators. Thousands of people of all ages take part each year in OLW-led activities intended to develop environmental awareness by understanding, appreciating and using Wales’ natural resources sustainably, increase first-hand outdoor learning opportunities in and about the natural environment and improve physical and emotional well-being through opportunities in the natural environment.
Mid Wales Refugee Action, based in Machynlleth raise awareness and funds and work to improve the lives of displaced people, volunteering in Northern France and further afield in Europe, and creating a warm welcome for displaced people living in the UK through Sanctuary days and breaks.
For more information about other projects in the local area please contact:
Tegwen Brickley 07946037214 firstname.lastname@example.org)