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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.

 

Photos of the orange heart displays and details of local groups’ activities will be brought together for everyone to see, and promoted through the media, social media (using hashtags #TogetherWithRefugees and #WhoWeAre), and on this website. We'll provide details of how and where you can submit your orange hearts soon.

 

Campaign pack

Get your Show Your Heart campaign pack here.

 

Timeline

Activities kick off in the week 18-22 October. While parliament debates the Bill, some groups will reveal their orange heart dislays, others will reach out to the public for signs of support and there will be a rally on parliament square. The activities will culminate in a countrywide reveal of orange heart displays signifying the breadth and depth of support for refugees around the UK in the week 6 - 10 December 2021.

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