Thursdays Drop-In activities Since our last newsletter, on Thursday morning Drop-in sessions we have had some distinguished guests, among whom representatives of the Ragroof Players (who operate within the Freedom Festival). They are collecting stories and testimonies from our clients in view of creating a dramatic performance for the Festival. They will come back on the 16th February to complete their interviews.
May the spirit of lent help you find peace.
We hope that you have had a good Christmas and that 2017 has started well for you. At Open Doors we are busy as always, looking after our asylum seekers and providing them with the support and services needed to make their lives a little easier, keeping their spirits up while they wait for their cases to be discussed and directing them towards the appropriate professional sources of help.
On the 26th January we welcomed Errollyn Wallen, composer in residency with the Performance Rights Society. She intends to create an event for the ‘City of Culture’ using the singing and dancing skills of various refugee groups from Open Doors. On the day of her visit, after the Drop-in session, we held an informal concert, where some of our present and past clients had the opportunity to sing traditional songs from their country of origin; in particular a group of Congolese refugees belonging to the Banyamulenge tribe sang and danced for us a few songs relating to the importance of the cow in their culture, a fascinating and lively performance which was very much enjoyed by all and which made us aware of the importance of preserving the rich cultural heritage of our clients. On the 2nd of February, Dr Jeff Morgan gave us some excellent training on the way we can adapt and apply ‘Professional Boundaries’ within a volunteer project like ours. It was very interesting to see what problems may arise from working with people coming from so many different cultures and traditions, resulting in blunders or examples of wrong behaviour which would be potentially damaging to our clients.
We hope that we have managed to give you a flavour of what has happened at Open Doors during the last few weeks, that you have enjoyed reading this newsletter and we thank you once again for your continual support, without which our work would be impossible.