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 14th June in schools across the county, pupils will be invited to wear green and/or yellow to school, and make a suggested donation of £1.

Here is some text you may want 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 in recognition that it was ‘The Strangers’  – refugees fleeing religious persecution in the 16th century – who first introduced canaries to Norfolk. Later in the early twentieth century, the club adopted the bird for the club crest and its nickname, ‘The Canaries’.

Photography by Verity Conway

Money raised will go to New Routes Emergency Fund

Money raised by the non-uniform day will go to the emergency fund of a Norwich-based charity that help refugees and asylum seekers: 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.

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

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: