A magical tour of London Christmas lights
Last week, three volunteers from East London, Lara, Katie and Michaela, took some of the London based asylum seekers for a walkabout to see the Christmas lights. They were so enchanted they walked from Oxford Street to Covent Garden, passing through Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square on the way. It took them four hours!
In Covent Garden, they introduced the guys to Christmas mulled wine and chocolate cake, and watched a street performer throwing knives and fire. Katie even got involved, throwing sticks of fire to the performer, much to the others’ excitement.
It was such a great break from the norm for everyone and one guy with photography skills took loads of pictures.
Later that evening, the men all sent messages about what a lovely time they’d had, and the volunteers felt the same. Touring the Christmas lights was a magical experience for all.
Wellbeing activities are such an important part of the work we do – this is the only way we can show people that they really are welcome here. It’s an opportunity to make positive memories and feel like somebody cares, however hard the situation may be.
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