- Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
How do we maintain a sense of dignity in the face of adversity? We might learn lessons from those that are working with the world’s most deprived. The UN Refugee Agency’s Global Trends report found that In 2017, one person was displaced every two seconds, such that 68.5 million people were displayed during the course of the year.
Humans often struggle to comprehend the suffering of even one individual – how to respond when tens of thousands of refugees are living in makeshift camps, with limited access to essential supplies and resources, uncertain about if and when they will be able to move on and restart their lives? These people are as close at Yarl’s wood, Bedford. They are as close as Calais. In desperate conditions like these, how does one maintain a sense of dignity?
In the chaos of a refugee camp where people’s needs far outweigh their own ability to provide for them, how do you decide what to prioritise and how do you deliver? This was the situation facing Paul Hutchings when he founded Refugee Support Europe in April 2016 to help refugees in Greece. Over the last 2 years, those needs and how they have been delivered have changed but what has stayed consistent is a focus on dignity. How do you go about restoring dignity and why is that ultimately the most important thing you can offer as a volunteer organisation?
Paul Hutchings was a market researcher for 25 years, running his own Brighton-based research consultancy since 2005. He founded Refugee Support Europe in April last year, with a Calais refugee camp colleague. In 12 months, Refugee Support had raised around £250,000, expanded to four refugee camps, and hosted about 400 volunteers from around the world. They focus on delivering food and clothing in dignified shop environments but also created a kitchen, a language school, pen friend scheme, playground and cafeteria. Also, when no other agency was able to respond, they provided services.
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- Saturday, July 28th, 2018
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- Sunday, July 29th, 2018
Leo Ainsley’s Blues Storm
+ Brett Hutchinson
Like a stunning hawk moth emerging from its pupa, Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm has completed the transformation from an eclectic pub blues band to an exciting original music outfit. Drawing on the influences and experience of years paying their dues on the UK’s south coast bar circuit. Rock, funk, and country all add their magic, but the roots of the band remain firmly planted in the blues.
New material is bursting forth from joint lead singer, Lee as if it had been trapped, just waiting for the right conditions to flourish.
Lead guitarist Elliot’s intelligent riffs and astounding soloing have proved to be the catalyst for this outpouring of creativity, which has been complimented with more contemplative contributions by the band’s other lead singer Tori. Oh, and Tori and Lee if not unique, are an extremely rare pairing of mother and daughter fronting a rock band.
With some exceptional opening gigs showcasing this new direction (including London’s 100 Club and Brighton’s Komedia), Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm have an incredible winter to look ahead to.
In the meantime, the band has taken the bold step to work with other local artists to promote their own shows at Brighton’s Latest Music Bar.