Welcome to Brixton with Refugees Welcome Lambeth

Now Brixton Design Trail 2018 is over and the installation has been put safely to bed, it’s time to reflect on the Welcome to Brixton project that Refugees Welcome Lambeth created with residents of Trinity Gardens.

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The putting-up party was a great success, with over 40 people taking part.

That brings the total number of people involved with the project to well over 100!

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The square was busy all day, with residents, volunteers and our families all taking part. We even had help from one of our local councillors!

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The banners spread our warm message of welcome to everyone passing through the square for nine days. Lots of people stopped and paused to admire them, finding out more about Refugees Welcome as they did.

Even Arty the dog got involved!

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We were delighted to be featured in the Brixton Blog and the Brixton Bugle’s October issue, and loved seeing photos of the installation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook too. The pom-poms proved a particular hit!

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Many people were intrigued by all the languages represented, and loved hearing that they’re spoken by people across the borough of Lambeth.

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It was great to welcome Councillor Christopher Wellbelove, the Mayor of Lambeth, to the installation and explain to him how everyone had created it together. We were very grateful to him for making the time to stop by on a rainy Sunday morning!

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All in all, it was wonderful to bring a positive message of welcome and warmth to thousands of people. As for the banners - well, they had a lot of admirers, so we’re hoping they’ll live on beyond this project. Watch this space!

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Refugees Welcome Lambeth welcomes all to Brixton

From 15-23 September 2018, Refugees Welcome Lambeth and the residents of Trinity Gardens welcome you to Brixton for this year’s Brixton Design Trail, with a hand-crafted installation in Trinity Gardens, SW9 that celebrates our diversity and the journeys that have brought us here.

Come to the square, see the welcome banners and decorations made by around 100 people across the borough and take a moment to reflect on your Brixton journey – how you came to be in Brixton, the journey you’ve taken and what the area means to you.

 A taster of the warm welcome you’ll get in Trinity Gardens from 15-23 September.

A taster of the warm welcome you’ll get in Trinity Gardens from 15-23 September.

The display

  • Welcome banners
    Handmade banners made that reflect our cultural identities, familial roots and over 30 languages spoken across the borough.

  • The centrepiece
    A contemplative space where we can reflect on the journeys that we’ve taken here in Lambeth and that have brought so many of us here. We encourage visitors to read the thoughts of Lambeth residents and consider what Brixton means to them, whether they were born here or moved here later.

  • Yellow roses and pompoms
    Yellow roses signify platonic friendship and new beginnings. Some are knitted, some crocheted or sewn - each is different, yet they all have so much in common.

Acknowledgements

Installation created and produced by the residents of Trinity Gardens and Refugees Welcome Lambeth.

Many people across the borough have helped create this installation. We’re especially grateful to the following for supporting this initiative:

Join us and be part of Brixton Design Trail 2018!

Join Brixton residents and Refugees Welcome Lambeth to help make an installation for Brixton Design Trail 2018!

We’re looking for crafty people to help make banners, flowers and pompoms for an installation that celebrates Lambeth as a place where everyone’s welcome, no matter their background.

The installation in Trinity Gardens will be part of Brixton Design Trail 2018, which in turn is part of London Design Festival.

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How to get involved

Workshops

Come along to our free workshops and be a part of this!

What we’ll be making:

  • Cloth banners that say “Welcome” in lots of different languages.

  • Simple stitched, knitted and crocheted yellow roses - the symbol of friendship and new beginnings

  • Pompoms - because pompoms are joyful!

All supplies will be provided. You don’t need to be crafty or skilled to take part and there’ll be lots of friendly help on hand.

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Callout to knitting, craft and sewing groups!

Are you part of a knitting or crafty group that could help? We’d love you to join us and be a part of this. Contact Linnie at linniekin@gmail.com to find out more.

More refugee families coming to Lambeth!

Lambeth Council has announced that it will resettle 5 more refugee families from Syria and the Middle East bringing the total to 28 families. 

This followed Leader of the Council Cllr Lib Peck attending our Refugees Welcome party at Church of the Holy Spirit, Clapham. 

In making the announcement Cllr Peck said:
“The support these families are receiving from our communities is incredible. Everyone has pitched in, opening their homes and their hearts to demonstrate their moving commitment to our shared humanity. I’m particularly grateful to Lambeth Citizens who have done so much to co-ordinate and support this community activity”.

You can read the full statement here