I'm a member of the The Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary team, a small group of educators and volunteers who are committed to helping students, teachers and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary, and to foster a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers in Norfolk schools and beyond.
I write digital resources, such as online lessons Ali's Story and A Canary's Story, as well as assemblies and presentations, to pass on the rich history of 'The Strangers' and their many contributions to the printing and textile industries in Norfolk.
I've designed a range of creative activities for children at Avenue Junior school, exploring themes of welcome and refuge. I've also worked with families at New Routes, using handprints on textile squares to symbolise friendships, acts of support and welcome. All the squares were stitched together by the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers to make a huge banner of welcome.
For 'A Day of Welcome 2020', I wrote a digital online resource as a stay at home project, 'Hexagons of Hope', for schools and families. Inspired by the incredible, but little known, stories of the Basque child refugees who came to Norfolk and Cambridge during the Spanish Civil War. You can learn more about these stories at the Havens East Online Exhibition.