Refugee Week is this week, and to celebrate St George’s Crypt are taking part in the Sunflower Project, organised by Leeds City Museum.
Refugee Week runs from Monday, June 19 until Sunday, June 25, and this new initiative aims to raise awareness and support for those seeking sanctuary in Leeds, while also showcasing their contributions to the art and culture of the city.
This resonated with St George’s Crypt as it offers clients safe sanctuary and a chance to grow and become contributing citizens.
The charity is based at St George’s Leeds and is dedicated to offering care, compassion, and hope to homeless and vulnerable individuals.
As part of its Health and Wellbeing program, St. George’s Crypt hosts an Arts and Crafts group every Friday afternoon.
Led by volunteers Katharine Greathead and Sue Fallon, the group enthusiastically embraced the Sunflower project and created a sunflower-themed artwork.
Their creation will be on display in the Brodrick Hall of Leeds City Museum, where it will be exhibited alongside other sunflower artworks.
Katharine Greathead, a volunteer with years of experience leading the Arts and Crafts group, expressed her enthusiasm for participating in the Sunflower project, saying:
"We saw an opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and the significance resonated deeply with us.
“We crafted a diverse collection of sunflowers using various materials; we’ve since found out that there are more than 80 varieties of sunflowers so our collection fits in!
“In addition, we constructed a sunflower home out of cardboard, where we reflected on the meaning of 'home' and its importance.
“The window frames are adorned with our thoughts and quotes, such as 'There is no place like home' and 'A house is not always a home'."
Roger, one of St. George's Crypt clients, shared his perspective on the project, saying: "As someone who has experienced homelessness, I could relate to the struggles faced by refugees.
“This opportunity allowed me to learn more about sunflowers, like their sun-tracking behaviour called heliotropism, which, to me represents hope and a brighter future."