The Fill the Skies with Hope campaign urges the new Prime Minister (PM) Liz Truss, to change course on the government’s policy to banish refugees to Rwanda.
Fill the Skies with Hope involves sending orange heart-shaped paper planes into the sky with messages to the new Prime Minister. 23 September, is a Day of Action, to kick off the campaign, with groups around the country organising events to show PM, Liz Truss, and the new Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, that people up and down the UK oppose the cruel Rwanda scheme. The action called #FillTheSkiesWithHope runs into the new year.
See details of some events from South Wales to Penrith in date order, below. To get your event added please complete this form.
Streatham, London – South London Refugee Association (private)
21-23 September at SLRA – for members of the Women’s Group only
Members of the South London Refugee Association will be making paper planes in their Women’s Group this week and post about their event on @SLRAcharity Twitter. They will deliver their planes to Bell Riberio-Addy, Labour MP for Streatham.
Penrith, Cumbria – Penrith and Eden Refugee Network
24 September, 12-2pm, St Andrew’s Church Yard, Penrith, CA11 7YE
12-1pm: Drop by to make your orange heart-shaped paper plane with a message to the new Prime Minister to stop the plan to banish refugees to Rwanda. Orange paper and pens supplied!
1pm: Launch planes and photo call.
1-2pm: Picnic together, bring and share food.
Waterloo, London – STAR BPP, Student Action For Refugees BPP University
21-23 September at STAR BPP Freshers’ Week
We have a societies road show, which means a stall on one day each week on campus. We will use these stalls as an opportunity to get people involved.
Birmingham – Kings Heath
23 September, 11-2pm, All Saints Church, Kings Heath
We’re holding a fun drop-in to urge the new Prime Minister to change government policy to send refugees to Rwanda. We’ll make orange heart shaped paper planes with messages to our MPs.
At 1:45pm, we’ll launch the orange paper planes into the air – come and join us in the photo!
Tynemouth – Together With Refugees Tynemouth
23 September, 12pm, King Edwards Bay Tynemouth, North East England
Join us this Friday to fly heart shaped paper planes with messages to our MP opposing the flights to Rwanda.
Brecon, Wales – Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary For Refugees
23 September, 11am, y Gaer, Glamorgan Street, Brecon, LD3 7DW
Showing our Hearts Brecon, wonderful updates here on their website! https://hbtsr.cityofsanctuary.org/2022/09/19/penpont-performs-its-usual-magic-2
Nottingham – Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum
23 September, 12-2pm, NNRF Garden, Nottingham
Join us to fill the skies with hope and send a message to the UK government: deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda for “processing their asylum claims” is cruel, ineffective and unacceptable!
Bristol – Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign
24 September, 12-1pm, Cascade Steps near the Habourside
With others across the country, we will be making and sending into the skies orange heart-shaped paper planes, with messages of hope and solidarity. In stark contrast to the hostile government plans, we want to demonstrate broad support to end the cruel scheme to send refugees to Rwanda. Please bring your paper planes to this protest!
Swansea, Wales – Oxfam Castle Street
1 October, 10-1pm, Oxfam Castle Street shop, 34 Castle St, Swansea
Join us making origami butterflies of hope and fill the skies with hope paper planes! NO experience needed – everybody welcome!