A CHARITY that helps rehome refugees has been given National Lottery funding for a new project focusing on Welcoming Refugees in Rural Communities through the Generations.

People in Motion, which is based in Malvern, has received a grant of £10,000 to put towards a film project that will take place across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The charity will work with Collar and Tie on the project.

Inspired by this year’s Refugee Week theme, ‘You, me and those who came before’, People in Motion will create four short films; ‘Those who came’, ‘Those that helped them’, ‘The changes they’ve made’, and ‘Looking to the future’.

Kirsty Fraser, chairman of People in Motion, and tutor at the University of Worcester said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players.”

“The idea behind the films is to capture the stories before they’re lost.

“We want people to remember that we have always welcomed refugees and their contributions to our society.”

“We are very excited that the project will celebrate both refugees and those rural communities that work hard to welcome people throughout Hereford and Worcestershire.”

The project will be run by local people, who will be involved in the filming, production and sharing of the films that are created.

Naomi Wood, lead animateur at C&T said: “We are so excited to be a part of this project and we hope the films bring about understanding and respect for these communities and the volunteers who supported their journey.”

Community events will be held at the beginning of September in Malvern, Hereford and Bromsgrove, inviting people to come and get involved in this new project.

People in Motion would love to hear from people who came to settle in Herefordshire and Worcestershire in order to seek a safer life, those that have been involved in welcoming refugees into their communities and people who would be interested in getting involved.

The charity is inviting anyone interested in being involved to join them at the Malvern Radio office, in Church Street, between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday, September 8.

To find out more please visit: http://peopleinmotion.org.uk/