We had a very warm and productive meeting with Mary Robinson MP on 3 June in her office in Cheadle. We discussed various issues pertaining to Syria, including humanitarian aid drops on besieged areas, protection of civilians (and highlighting that Assad is the root cause of the problem), as well as bank account issues for Syrian residents and charities in the UK.
We were at the 'Stories of Conflict, Migration and Place' event on Wednesday 4th May hosted by Community Arts North West and Platforma. We attended a very useful workshop on how to write scripts to make effective videos. We also saw a series of short videos in the morning that people had caught on their mobiles, showing different stories from the Syrian conflict.
We met with Stephen Hale, Chief Executive of Refugee Action, on 26 April to discuss integration and resettlement efforts for Syrian refugees. Building upon a previous meeting that we had with him, we discussed ways in which we can highlight some issues that Syrian refugees face, most particularly a lack of access to ESOL classes.