Explorations in the UK
The Welcome Dinner Project is addressing a need for community connections felt globally and the incredible energy that has built around this movement of welcome in Australia is now receiving international interest!
We are excited to have been invited to the UK to explore the possibilities for Welcome Dinners which seem much needed in so many countries! It is not an official launch, just a pilot to see what emerges and to see how we might begin to collaborate with international partners. So much to learn and share with one another!
During Penny’s UK visit, an information night / brain storming session was held as well as a workshop to train the first group of volunteer Welcome Dinner Facilitators in London, who will pilot the concept and then we will see what the next steps are.
Special thanks to Renae Mann, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL), who initially contacted us because she believed the Welcome Dinner Project was the ideal way for people in the UK to welcome refugees and migrants. Renae invited people to the information session and training based on their commitment to welcoming refugees and commitment to creating a more compassionate community. Everyone in attendance contributed to a lively discussion about how we can make Welcome Dinners work in London and the UK.
The first Welcome Dinner was held shortly after the Facilitator training and there was a warm and welcoming atmosphere, just like we see in Australia! It was a moving experience for everyone involved and further motivated us all to work towards seeing the project come to life in the UK and make a difference for many more lives.