What is A Day of Welcome?

A Day of Welcome is a day of solidarity and learning in schools that aims to build a culture of welcome and understanding for refugees and asylum seekers. The celebration is designed to support schools and families in marking Refugee Week (15-19th June) and to send a clear message that for those in need of sanctuary, our communities are welcoming places.


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Who is it for?

A Day of Welcome is for both schools and for families who are home learning. You will find activities suitable for any age. It is an opportunity to engage with issues relating to refugee migration, and to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary.

What does it involve?

There is no fixed template for how A Day of Welcome should operate. You can pick and choose what fits your situation from our bank of resources and recommendations, which can be accessed here: https://www.norfolksos.co.uk/a-day-of-welcome

A Day of Welcome is designed to be a focal point for children and young people to be involved with Refugee Week 2020 (15-19th June).




You may decide to use one of our resources to structure learning at home or at school. You may visit or signpost family-friendly Refugee Week activities happening online that we recommend. Older children might take a virtual school trip to the Havens East exhibition, which uncovers the little-known story of Basque child refugees in Cambridge and Norfolk. Or you can bring your own ideas and activities to the day that fit your situation or setting. Whatever you do, please get in touch to share your involvement info@norfolksos.co.uk.

Who is involved?

A Day of Welcome has been organised by Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary and Anglia Ruskin University with the support of Refugee Week, Amnesty International and City of Sanctuary.


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What inspired A Day of Welcome?

The resources for A Day of Welcome this year were 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 take a virtual school trip and learn more about their stories at the Havens East online exhibition when it launches in 12th June for A Day of Welcome. It includes rarely seen film footage and original photographs along with the voices of rescuers and refugees: www.havenseast.org

Havens East primary logo - for screen

Basque children at Pampisford group photo (1)

Cambridge colony at Pampisford: This photograph from the late 1930s forms part of the BCA’37UK archive and is used and held in good faith. It is not always possible to identify the copyright holder, if any.



The Basque Boys with Poppy Vulliamy at Oakley Park, Hoxne. Poppy Vulliamy Album, 1937-1939. MS440/3. Used with kind permission of the University of Southampton Special Collections


Please join us to mark A Day of Welcome to learn about refugee migration and to send a clear message to those in need of sanctuary that our communities are welcoming places.

Please take a look and get involved: https://www.norfolksos.co.uk/a-day-of-welcome