East Riding College staff and students marked Refugee Week at both its Bridlington and Beverley campuses in June.
The Bridlington campus on St Mary’s Walk held a celebratory lunch prepared by some of the College’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students. They made traditional food including dishes from Syria, China and Iran in the training kitchens and served it up to staff, students and invited guests including Deputy Mayor Cllr Jackie Foster.
IT tutor Sally Jones organised the event with the co-operation from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Sophia White of Christ Church Bridlington, who work closely with the refugee families and helped out in the kitchens to prepare the lunch. The ‘Share a Dish’ lunch was inspired by Refugee Week’s Simple Acts scheme.
Sally Jones said, “It was a vibrant event with delicious, traditional home cooked food. I have worked with the Syrian refugees before and they are a truly wonderful group. There’s something about the shared experience of preparing food and getting people round a table that enables us to share our cultures and brings communities together in a gentle, joyful way.”