For many of us the experience of seeking refuge or even being granted refugee status does not come without trauma; the long hours of interviews being asked the same questions in many different ways, the feeling that officials do not believe you, the constant struggle of having to tell your story over again, to so many people whose job is not to believe you but to catch you out and call you a liar. All of this leaves us with a detrimental state of mind, confusion and a very real feeling of isolation.
Braich Goch-Red Arm (BG-RA) is an organisation of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who understand and have been through, or are going through, the experience of seeking Sanctuary. This is why we want to offer our centre and expertise to people (with an emphasis on young adults) who are also going through, or have been through, this experience.
At the BG-RA centre we can accommodate groups of up to 20 people for residential experiences which include walking the beautiful mountains and valleys, swimming in rivers and lakes and exploring the wonderful coast of the Snowdonia National Park.
During our residentials we cook, eat, dance, sing and make music together, reclaiming our humanity and dignity, celebrating our differences and learning from one another.
Groups may choose to come for a resting residential to recharge and enjoy the surroundings of the pretty village of Corris, where our centre is located.
Alternatively groups can engage in much more structured sessions where we use critical pedagogies such as Participatory Action Research to engage young people in learning towards social and environmental justice.
We also work with groups to develop capacity and to take concrete action to bring about positive social change in our communities.
We use a vast range of methods and tools to work with people, these include: visual arts, theatre, dance, music, participatory film making, critical reading circles and discussion circles.
For more information on our Sanctuary programme please send us an email or give us a call.