Integration can be a difficult process. While newcomers to the UK are often marginalised socially, people are more likely to read about refugees than engage with the people behind the stories. Help Refugees is proud to support the Welcome Cinema, whose work addresses this uncertainty and offers a hand to step over the divide.

Refugees, asylum seekers and UK citizens are invited to come together over a shared passion for food and film at Welcome Cinema and Kitchen’s supper club. Every month, people come together to share fantastic food and watch movies at Amnesty International’s London HQ. More of these events are popping up all over the country.

Having worked with Help Refugees in the Calais ‘Jungle’, many of the Welcome Cinema’s volunteers witnessed the desperation and hardship refugees face first hand. At the camp’s Women and Children’s Centre residents were able to escape, stay dry and watch a film twice a week through a visiting cinema. That same spirit comes to their screenings. Bold, inspirational movies followed by thought provoking Q&A’s help bond an audience who might not normally meet.

On the night they have home-cooked cuisine from around the World – from Ethiopia to Syria – brought to you by the Welcome Kitchen. The price of dinner is covered by the ticket so take an appetite with you.

For more information about the Welcome Cinema & Kitchen and to buy tickets to their upcoming events, head to their website here.

Tickets to Welcome Cinema are free to refugees and asylum seekers, £17.50-£25 to the general public. Proceeds go back into costs for the event.

Donations and profit go to MEENA – a charity supporting unaccompanied minors in Calais and in the UK.

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