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Show your Heart campaign

The aim of the ‘Show Your Heart’ action is for groups around the UK to come together to demonstrate public support for a kinder approach to refugees in a simple, visual and public way. Local groups will let their MPs know that the public want a more compassionate approach to refugees. Hopefully, this will influence MPs over the coming months while they consider the Nationality and Borders Bill in Parliament.

 

Signs of support for refugees will be gathered by local groups and presented in orange heart displays at landmarks around the country. This photo from Norwich City of Sanctuary (below) is a great example of this work, but there are many ways to approach this idea and to adapt to your own setting (see campaign pack). In the pack, you can also find ideas of how to involve and engage your MP.

 

There's two main ways you can get involved.

 

1) Big reveal of your orange hearts at landmarks - 6 December   

After the wonderful campaigning work done by local groups around the country for the Week of Action, we need to keep up the pressure, reach out to get more of the public on-side, and demonstrate public support for a more compassionate approach to refugees.

 

The next big opportunity to reveal your orange heart is the week beginning 6 December – as the Nationality and Border's Bill reaches the key stages in Parliament.

 

Those of you who have already presented your public signs of support in great big orange hearts at local landmarks could build on your efforts with a bigger show of support. For those of you getting started, you could check out ideas in the ‘Show Your Heart’ section (from page 11) of the Campaign Pack. For inspiration see Week of Action in pictures and a post about two events that kicked off the Week of Action.

 

2) Write to your MP asking for a meeting to discuss the Bill

To build on the fantastic work already being led by you, we need to dial up the pressure with a coordinated push that sees MPs lobbied by their local groups and constituents. If you’ve already met with your MP or written to them, then this is an opportunity to capitalise on what you’ve done, and if not, then now is the moment to do so.

 

Write to your MP to raise your deep concerns about the Bill and request a meeting. You can use the guidance and template letter (page 18) in the campaign pack here. We will be updating these resources shortly. 

Orange heart projected on House of Commons
Asylum welcome heart
Picture of heart projected on Norwich Castle