The Hartlepool Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group aim to advance education and improve the quality of life amongst those seeking asylum and those granted refugee status in Hartlepool.
It does this through the provision of legal and other advice, training, access to goods and services and recreational and leisure opportunities.
For the last 6 years, the Asylum Seeker and Refugee group have planned and delivered a Diversity Celebration event at St Joseph’s Church Hall in Hartlepool and would like to hold another in 2019.
The itinerary of the day always includes presentations on key topics such as Hate Crime and How to Report, Domestic Violence and the Prevent Strategy. Organisations are invited to provide information which can include Family Support Services, Housing, Fire Brigade and Crime Prevention.
The event provides a range of activities for the children including arts and crafts, face painting and an entertainer to help bring the event to an end. Lunch is provided by volunteers from within the group who cook foods from their countries of origin and this creates a menu from around the world.
This event is a celebration of the diverse cultures living in Hartlepool and helps to break down barriers. It also helps to build relationships between communities.
The group has applied to the PCC for funding for a contribution towards the event for food, refreshment costs and entertainment. This event supports the PCCs objective of Securing the Future of our Communities.