Could your school help raise money to support refugees and asylum seekers in Norfolk?

One way to mark Norfolk Welcomes is to hold a non-uniform day. On Friday 20th April in schools across the county, pupils will be invited to wear a football strip or green and yellow to school, and make a suggested donation of £1.

Here is some text to share with parents and carers to explain Norfolk Welcomes and the non-uniform day

The non-uniform day invites children to wear the colours of Norwich City FC or their favourite club because football is a great way for people from different backgrounds, and speaking different languages, to come together in friendship. Norfolk Welcomes is also affiliated to Football Welcomes (an annual weekend of events organised by Amnesty International), so as that initiative does, we will also be celebrating the contribution refugees have made to the Beautiful Game.

Photography by Verity Conway

All money raised will go to New Routes Emergency Fund and Welcome Wheels

All money raised by the non-uniform day will go to two Norwich-based charities that help refugees and asylum seekers: New Routes Emergency Fund and Welcome Wheels.

New Routes New Routes supports refugees and asylum seekers in integrating into the local Norwich community and in rebuilding their lives. The charity’s emergency fund provides small amounts of financial support as a short-term measure during periods of financial hardship, aiming to provide an immediate solution to a solvable problem. Support can be offered with paying for the following: travel to important appointments, medicine, glasses, accessing education and long-term accommodation.

Welcome Wheels is a project that will provide reconditioned second-hand bicycles, along with helmets, locks, lights and training, to refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich. Getting to an English class, or accessing a computer in the library, or volunteering, or joining a football club, all require transport. Daily tasks that we might take for granted can be almost impossible for someone who has arrived in a new country with few possessions. The weekly asylum allowance is just £36.95, which doesn’t easily stretch to bus fares. Cycling is convenient and virtually free to do. It can get you to the city centre or across town at any time of day or night, and it can carry small children and baggage. All you need is a bike and a little bit of training.

Watch the video and find out more about Welcome Wheels here.

We hope that your school will join the many others across Norfolk who have already pledged to raise money for these excellent causes.

If you do raise funds via a non-uniform day for Norfolk Welcomes, please make your cheque payable to New Routes Integration, and post it (enclosing a note referencing Norfolk Welcomes) to: