Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Theatre Royal Wakefield is a place of welcome to all including refugees and asylum seekers. You can come and relax in our café without buying a drink whenever we are open and asylum seekers and refugees are welcome to take part in any of our ‘Join In’ projects or come to watch a show. We also have a range of projects to specifically support refugees and asylum seekers that you can find out about below.
As part of our work towards Theatre of Sanctuary status to become a welcoming building for refugees and asylum seekers, we are introducing a Conversation Café programme in our new Centre for Creativity.
The Conversation Café with be held every two weeks and will provide support for refugees and asylum seekers to practice English skills in a casual setting. We will provide a welcoming space where you can practice your language skills with native English speakers in an informal environment over a cup of tea and a biscuit.
The Conversation Café will be held every two weeks from 10am – 12pm, upcoming dates for 2020 are as follows:
2, 16 and 30 January
13 and 27 February
12 and 26 March
9 and 23 April
7 and 21 May
4 and 18 June
2, 16 and 30 July
13 and 27 August
10 and 24 September
8 and 22 October
5 and 19 November
3 and 17 December
We are looking for volunteers who would like an opportunity to interact and socialise with new groups and are comfortable initiating conversations with those who do not speak English as a first language. You need to have regular availability on Thursday mornings.
To register your interest or for more information, please contact Janine Heseltine.
In 2018 we received funding from Yorkshire Health Charity to run an integrated project of free workshops and trips to the theatre bringing together Horbury Senior Citizens Support Group and Asylum Seekers and Refugees (working in partnership with The Refugee Council and City of Sanctuary). This project was called Stories, click here to watch the film we commissioned about the project.