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Refugee Week Wales event celebrates Including Families Project, 17/06/14 [W]

A special event is being held on 18 June 2014 as part of Refugee Week Wales  to celebrate the achievements of the Including Families Project .

The Including Families Project is managed by Children in Wales. It works with asylum seekers, refugee and migrant families, communities and professionals to protect and safeguard children in these vulnerable families.

The project raises awareness of cultural issues and harmful traditional practices in relation to safeguarding children, with practitioners in health, education and social care. To complement this work, Children in Wales has developed a website, www.including families.org.uk, which contains a comprehensive range of online and downloadable resources.

Children in Wales also works with other organisations within the sector to run workshops for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to promote the health, education and development of their children.

The event, aimed at highlighting the work of the project, will be attended by asylum seekers, refugees, community groups, and support agencies, together with practitioners from a variety of disciplines.  Attendance at the event is free, and everyone is welcome.

We are very pleased that Jeff Cuthbert, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty will be joining the event, during the day,to talk to project beneficiaries and also meet with trustees from the Trinity Project, which recently received  funding  from the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Grant

Minister Jeff Cuthbert said:

“The Welsh Government welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to Wales and is fully committed to ensuring that they are treated with dignity and respect.  We want refugees to become full and active members of our society, making a full contribution to Welsh life and culture. We encourage and support this through our Refugee Inclusion Strategy Action Plan. I would also like to acknowledge the important role organisations such as Children in Wales and the Trinity Church Project play in enabling refugees and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives in Wales.”


  1. Including      Families is a project funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s People and Places      Programme and has been developed by Children in Wales, supporting asylum      seeking, refugee and migrant families and communities to keep children      safe, at home and in the community.
  2. For further information, or if you would like to attend this event,      please contact Cheryl Martin on 02920 342434 or email cheryl.martin@childreninwales.org.uk
  3. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and      educational events that bring awareness to and celebrate the contributions      of asylum seekers and refugees to the UK. You can find out more about      Refugee week in Wales at http://www.refugeeweekwales.org.uk/.
  4. Children in Wales is the national      umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional      organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in      Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk. Children in Wales was established in      March 1992 and became a registered charity in 1993.  It aims to promote the interests of      children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the      Welsh agenda.  We work closely with      our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups      to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young      children, those affected by family instability, children with special      needs or disabilities, and those suffering the effects of poverty and      deprivation.  We collect and      disseminate information about children and promote good practice in      children’s services through research, policy and practice development,      publications, conferences, seminars, training and access to an extensive      library and information service.       Children in Wales has offices in Cardiff and Caernarfon.