Norfolk Welcomes 2019

NORFOLK WELCOMES 2019: Friday, 14th June

Teachers up and down the country are finding that the global refugee crisis has sparked both questions and concerns among their pupils. Now in its 2nd year, Norfolk Welcomes is an initiative designed to help teachers engage children in productive conversations about this timely and complex topic, using the lens of local histories of sanctuary. Scheduled for Friday 14 June, this fun and engaging day will offer useful context in advance of Refugee Week (17-23 June) and will:

Last year, the inaugural Norfolk Welcomes saw 62 schools across the county take part. This year we hope to engage even more school communities as we build a culture of welcome in our communities.

We provide participating schools with everything they need to mark the day -assembly materials, lesson plans, fundraising ideas and stickers and posters.

Download our leaflet with all you need to know about Norfolk Welcomes 2019.

If your school would like to mark the day, please register your interest by emailing

Click here to find out more about Norfolk Welcomes 2018 and view and download the resources produced last year or see below for more information about this year’s theme. The resources for this year will be released online in April.

Norfolk Welcomes 2019: a county shaped by ‘Strangers’

Our theme this year focuses on the history of the people know as The Strangers: a group who came to Norwich from the Spanish Netherlands as economic migrants and refugees in the 16th century. Citizen researchers coordinated by Anglia Ruskin University have dug deep into this rich vein of local history. Their work has helped a team of teachers to create lesson plans, assembly materials and supporting activities that will enable children and young people to consider the experiences of the Strangers and their enduring legacy, alongside contemporary stories relating to seeking sanctuary.

Norfolk Welcomes 2019: a compliment to Refugee Week 2019

This year Norfolk Welcomes will be the Friday before Refugee Week and is designed to complement this national celebration of the contribution of refugees to our culture and society. the theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations and to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history.

People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in Norfolk for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From The Strangers’ of the 16th century, to the Jewish refugees of the 1930s, people fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s, Congolese in the 1990s to the most recent arrivals from Syria; they are part of who we are as a community, a city and a county.