Sharen Green on the Safe Haven Wessex Partnership housing refugee families in Bournemouth
A packed public meeting was underway in Wimborne Minster one chill evening in 2016. The Baptist Minister, Robert Jones, stood at the front of the church and pitched an important question to his public congregation; “Can everybody who thinks it is a good idea to welcome refugees, put their hands up.” A forest of hands went up.
Southbourne Canoe Club
Roiling sheets of pewter buffet the stoney shore, throwing brine and pebbles cascading onto the concrete groynes, half visible in the mist. The waves are causing an earth-shuddering clamour, which I can hear all the way from the visitor centre, some four or five metres away. It's not a blustery day, but the beach on this side of the headland is affronted by these breeze-born behemoths no less.
Fostering asylum-seeking children
Julie and the boy took it in turns to roll out and thin the slab of pastry dough. The rolling pin, with it's worn wooden handles, had been her mother's. And here in this moment, she was connected to her mother, while the teenager conjured fond memories of his mother, remembering her rolling out pastry to make sausage rolls as he was now doing in this safe home far away from her.