The Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page marked Refugee Week as he met service users and staff and presented awards to volunteers at Wolverhampton's Refugee and Migrant Centre.

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He toured the established charity, based on Waterloo Road, on Friday (22 June), enjoying a 'bring and share' lunch featuring traditional dishes from around the world and learning about the projects it delivers across the Black Country and Birmingham.

Julie Hodgkiss from the Refugee and Migrant Centre said: "We were delighted to welcome the Mayor as part of our week long celebrations for Refugee Week.

"He met service users who had created a display board charting their journeys and was inspired by the refugee stories that he heard.

"We are very grateful to all our wonderful volunteers and so we were thrilled that the Mayor was on hand to present awards to those who have contributed over 100 hours of their time so far this year."

Mayor Councillor Page said: "I was delighted to meet so many inspiring individuals and to meet members of the Refugee and Migrant Centre who are working so hard to enable them to become equal citizens.

"I was particularly pleased to help the Refugee and Migrant Centre thank its team of volunteers who give their valuable time, skills, experience and energy to help others."

For more information about their work, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10620;Title=Refugee and Migrant Centre;Target=_blank;.

The visit was part of Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities. For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10621;Title=Refugee Week;Target=_blank;.

  • The Refugee and Migrant Centre and the City of Wolverhampton Council have launched the Paulette Wilson Windrush Citizenship Project to provide specialist advice and support to help residents from the Windrush Generation to gain their rightful citizenship. Residents of Wolverhampton who are unsure of their immigration status and need support and advice can call 01902 311554 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email
  • released: Tuesday 26 June, 2018