Calling all New Voices fans out there! Our free annual event which celebrates diverse communities of East London and their contribution to the local economy and society is back with a bang!
The festival incorporates a range of stalls, activities and live performances for the entire family, not to mention a wide array of delicious food! There are also workshops and information stands exploring issues surrounding migration and providing details of related support services, as we also celebrate the work done by different organisations in this sector.
Check out www.newvoicesfestival.org.uk for info on our great acts playing this year.
If you want to get involved please contact Alex.Sutton@praxis.org.uk
Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights is currently undertaking an enquiry into undocumented young migrants. Praxis has been able to make a contribution to their discussions. Beside sending a written response, Praxis CEO Vaughan Jones gave oral evidence to the committee.
Members of the Brighter Futures Group, a self advocacy group of young unaccompanied migrants took part in a special session of the Committee. They spoke of their personal experiences within the immigration and care systems. They were able to respond powerfully to the sensitive and thoughtful questioning by committee members.
The next day in the chamber of the House of Commons, committee Chair Dr Hywel Francis MP said: "Yesterday, we met with Praxis Community Projects. It has helped a small group Brighter Futures, which related to our inquiry into young unaccompanied migrant children. I am certain that the inquiry and report will benefit enormously from the first-hand experiences - often very traumatic experiences - that we heard about from those young unaccompanied migrant children, some of whom were from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Sierra Leone."