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  • Take part in Fair Begins Here and show your support for refugees in Scotland

    Created: 08/02/2024
    News/Events Category: General News

    Fair Begins Here is a new campaign calling for a better plan for refugees. This Valentine’s Day, Scottish Refugee Council will be sharing orange hearts and messages of welcome in solidarity with people seeking safety. They're asking people, communities and organisations across Scotland to take part.

    The aim is to show that most people want a well-run asylum system that is compassionate and fair. Together, we can overcome hate, fear and division with an outpouring of love, friendship and support for people seeking safety. 

    Here’s how you can get involved:

    1. Create an orange heart display in your community centre, school, office, library or place of worship. Invite people to show their support for people seeking safety by adding messages of hope, welcome and solidarity.
    2. Show your support on social media by posting orange heart photos, videos, selfies and messages of solidarity with the hashtag #FairBeginsHere. Create your own content, or use one of these pictures.
    3. If you’re taking part in any Fair Begins Here events or activities, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know what you have planned and send us your orange heart photos and displays so we can include them in our social media gallery.

    You could draw, paint or stitch a heart, craft one in clay, bake heart-shaped cakes and cookies, or write messages of hope on heart-shaped pieces of paper. How you take part is entirely up to you!

    Contact them by e-mail at [email protected] 

    Why an orange heart?

    The orange heart is the symbol of Together With Refugees, a coalition of over 600 groups and organisations across the UK calling for a fairer and more compassionate asylum system. We’re proud to be one of the founding members of Together With Refugees.

    The heart is a symbol that we can all stand behind. It incorporates the colours of the refugee nation flag, which were inspired by a lifebelt, representing hope.

    Check out the Fair Begins Here campaign toolkit for tips and resources to help you make a big-hearted splash in your community this Valentine’s Day.

    Together With Refugees has also collaborated with Schools of Sanctuary to produce an activity pack specially aimed at schools. You can download it here and share with anyone interested.

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