In a world that often feels divided, it’s heartwarming to witness communities coming together to extend a helping hand to those in need. On August 1st, The Parish Trust hosted a remarkable event titled “Ukraine Night.”
The event was widely supported and reported on by Caerphilly Observer, and also supported by MP Wayne David, and Cllr Shayne Cook.
The purpose behind this event was not only to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Ukraine but also to encourage people to open their hearts and homes to Ukrainians who have sought refuge in the UK due to the ongoing crisis caused by Russia’s invasion.
Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts, the CEO of The Parish Trust, alongside the dedicated planning efforts of Luke Coleman, the Wellbeing Coordinator of the charity, orchestrated an evening that encapsulated the spirit of compassion, camaraderie, and cultural exchange. The event was a powerful reminder that even in the face of adversity, unity and understanding can flourish.
The “Ukraine Night” was more than just a gathering; it was a platform for education, empathy, and integration. The evening kicked off with mesmerising musical performances that transported attendees to the heart of Ukraine. The vibrant melodies served as an introduction to the country’s diverse and captivating culture.
One of the highlights of the event was a Q&A session that shed light on the process of hosting Ukrainians who have fled their homeland. This was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, dispel myths, and gain a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs faced by these displaced individuals. The personal stories shared during this session gave faces and voices to the struggles of those who have had to leave everything behind in search of safety and stability.
The event also included a screening of a poignant documentary commissioned by BBC Wales. The film chronicled the journey of Ukrainian women to the UK, narrating their experiences, aspirations, and the hurdles they’ve overcome. This visual storytelling provided a window into their lives, underscoring the importance of compassion and empathy in our global society.
The Parish Trust’s commitment to aiding Ukrainians continues. The charity has been pleased to help organise trips to St Fagans, allowing newcomers to explore their new surroundings and immerse themselves in Welsh culture, and will be liaising with the Council to provide further support for as long as it is needed. Community and integration is evident through the presence of Ukrainian volunteers at the charity who offer their time and support to local service users.
Notably, The Parish Trust is proud to have Dasha on our staff team, a Ukrainian national, to operate their Caffi Caredig Mobile Coffee and Snack Bar. This initiative not only provides Dasha with a means to support herself but also serves as an example of the organization’s dedication to creating opportunities for Ukrainians to integrate into the local community.
The “Ukraine Night” hosted by The Parish Trust wasn’t just an event; it was a testament to the power of unity, compassion, and cultural exchange. Through music, stories, and shared experiences, attendees were reminded that we are all part of a global community, responsible for supporting one another in times of need. The Parish Trust’s commitment to aiding Ukrainian refugees and helping them integrate into the fabric of their new home is part of its overall objective of demonstrating how anyone can make a tangible, positive impact on the lives of individuals in crisis through partnership working. As the charity continues its vital work, the echoes of “Ukraine Night” will undoubtedly resonate within the hearts of the community for years to come.
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