A day for refugees

LEE-ANNE EDWARDS
Last updated 11:07 22/11/2012

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A day aimed at helping refugees access health and social services is also open to local residents.

The Refugee Community Safety and Wellbeing Day, organised by Refugee Trauma Recovery and ACC, aims to raise awareness among refugee groups about health and social services available to them.

"This is a community initiative targeting refugee families and ethnic communities to come together to learn about the services and resources they can access," said project coordinator Samson Sahele.

Local residents are welcome to take part in the day and enjoy music, dance and food from other countries, he said.

"It's a chance for non-refugees to engage with our refugee community and find out about available services in the Hutt Valley."

Information will be available from services including ACC, the Cancer Society, Plunket, Shakti and Vibe as well as the Fire Service, Police, Human Rights Commission, Regional Public Health and the Community Law Centre.

Entertainment from groups including Sri Lankan Tamil Dancers, Colombian dancers, Congolese drummers and a Burmese group start at 11.30am.

Face painting, Zumba and activities for kids will also be onsite.

- Refugee Community Safety & Wellbeing Day, Sat. November 24, 11am-3pm, Naenae Community Hall, cnr Treadwell St & Everest Ave, free entry.

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