Our Stories of Hope event was a great success, with 60 people hearing about community development challenges and successes in London. We were encouraged to live a life beyond ourselves, and to not be fooled by how someone looks.
The latest sets of refugees arriving here have come through truly awful experiences, some as recently as 6 months ago. Our services are grappling with a new level of trauma. But people are more than their suffering, and through careful and committed community development we can add value and joy back into lives. We need to remember that the people we are helping are more important than our own vision of what programs should be – we need to listen and adapt.
Thank you to all five of our speakers, Dan Morland and Beth Emmanuel Church for hosting, and the open hearts who came to listen.