Help us set the agenda!
The work with refugees in MK is reaching an important crossroads! As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, we are looking to you, our supporters, to help us make decisions about the way forward.
Our group Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) began two years ago as a Citizens MK campaign, and is now an independent charity. It has been an amazing two years! We have been privileged to welcome ten families to MK through the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme – sixty three people in all!
If you have been closely involved with any of this, you will know how good it has been to meet our new friends and welcome them to our city. You will also know how careful we have to be about safeguarding, professional boundaries and data protection – which means we can’t talk publicly about all the things we do because of the need to preserve family privacy and safety. Some people have been closely involved, but many haven’t had a chance to help yet…
But we are aware of the danger that our initial enthusiasm and energy might evaporate if we don’t revitalize our ideas and rethink our work. To address this we are going to have two very special Supporters’ Summits:
7.00pm on Monday 13 November at the Church of the Holy Cross in Two Mile Ash
At this first meeting we will hear from refugees and volunteers about the challenges that need to be addressed and welcome ideas from you all for future action. The meeting will begin with some testimonials from refugees and volunteers about the work of the past two years, and then move into breakout sessions with key themes about how to move forward. At the end of the evening we hope to form some ‘research groups’ to explore ideas in more detail. The full address of the venue is 2 Church Hill, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes MK8 8EQ.
7.00pm on Monday 19 February 2018 at Milton Keynes Academy
At this meeting we will decide what projects will be taken forward to set the agenda for the coming year. The address of the venue is Fulwoods Drive,Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5L
Please join us for these important meetings, and help us welcome more refugees even more effectively in Milton Keynes! Late-breaking details about the meetings will be provided on our Events page: rwmk.org.uk/events