On Thursday 24th of August we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day for our community well-being day at Martineau Gardens. The gorgeous surroundings of the garden provided a perfect backdrop to the activities and therapies offered to people, as well as the opportunities to socialise and have fun. Kushinga Garden and The Real Junk Food Project provided a wide range of delicious dishes for people.
Therapies and activities included african drumming, art making, mindfulness in nature walks, gentle massage, as well as kids activities. Aside from the direct well-being promotion aspect of the event, the focus was also to provide a space and opportunity for migrants and refugees to connect with opportunities, resources and other people in Birmingham.
We had around 70 people turn up for the event. around 60 to 70% of them were asylum seekers and refugees. Some of these included newly arrived refugees currently resident at nearby hostels. We had information stalls of different organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers in a range of ways. Groups included Baobab, Entraid, RSVP, Kushinga Community Garden, and Birch.
We are very greatful for the efforts and support given by Martineau Gardens staff and volunteers. The event offered a chance for people to know about this great space, and all it has to offer. Other support that was of great value was that of Kushinga Garden volunteers who – aside from providing food, also helped set up and clear up, and offered translating of different languages for many visitors. Thank you also to all other volunteers helping out on the day.