GMB Team Up With Halesowen Churches Together To Organize Christmas Party For Black Country Refugees
The union supported this year’s Christmas Party by providing food, music entertainment and food hampers for each of the families says GMB.
GMB Birmingham and West Midlands Region supported the Halesowen Churches Together Welcome Group Christmas meal on Monday 21st December for refugees who have found safety and shelter in the Black Country.
Joe Morgan, Regional Secretary of the GMB, said “100 refugees met at the United Reform Church on Hagley Road in Halesowen, where children were given a Christmas party and their parents shared a meal with members of the group and representatives of the union.
Having met with representatives of the Churches Together Welcome Group at a recent GMB women's conference, the union agreed to support this year’s Christmas Party by providing food, music entertainment and food hampers for each of the families.
GMB were very happy to help the Halesowen Welcome Group who support refugees all year round. The Christmas Party was a fantastic event and it was lovely to see all the kids and parents enjoying themselves."
Patricia, a member of the GMBs women's group who attended the event said: "As a refugee myself I thought the event was amazing, seeing all the families especially all the children being so happy and looking forward to Christmas."
Ernest Cruchley, Chair of the Churches Together Halesowen Welcome group: "For eight years our volunteers have been working with and welcoming refugees and asylum seekers offering friendship and support.
The Welcome Group meet every Monday afternoon in Halesowen Town Centre. If anyone would like to find out more about the group or to help in any way they can contact Anne West on: 07962 123366.
Contact: Samantha Jones, GMB Media Administrator on 07939 874272 or GMB press office 07921 289880