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Grace

Grace

Name: Grace Hayes
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Wrexham, North Wales
Campaign: Break the myths surrounding immigration

When you read the news, there is often a lot of coverage about immigration and immigrants. But nearly all of it is negative - immigration is often seen to be bad for the country.

 

Yet this is not the case, and the majority of immigrants actually enrich society.

 

What people do not see are the reasons behind immigrants moving to another country. Some want a better life for themselves, while others are fleeing conflict, terror, and torture.

 

Whatever the reason, I am trying to get young people to consider just why people want to move to the UK through an artistic mural.

 

I hope it will stop judgmental stereotypes forming against immigrants and allow everyone to feel part of the same community.

Here is the list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Sheila Mendoza
Abby Richards
Shauna Coleman
Amy Davies
Niall Phillips
Natasha Hulley
Callum Whitfield
Karolina Gadek

St. Joseph's High School

Thank you to the students at the school who provided the 42 panels for my art installation.

 

Waterworld Leisure Centre, Wrexham

The leisure centre who agreed to display my project for one week.

 

British Red Cross

Thank you to the British Red Cross who assisted me with statistics and information about immigration to the UK.

July 2013

I held a workshop to give young people the chance to contribute to the mural and to raise awareness about the subject of immigration. Below is some of the positive feedback I have received:

 

Coordinator Catriona Learmont said:

'I am delighted that Fixers, British Red Cross and St Josephs can work together to highlight the issues of migration, asylum seekers and refugees in a visual and exciting way to the community. The passion of students to overcome the negative attitudes presented in this topic is inspirational.'

 

Below is various feedback from participants to the workshops: 

 

'Thank you so much for doing the workshop. The work is brilliant and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the session. They will have got a lot of information from it as well about refugees and asylum seekers, so once again thank you!'

 

'I think the project is a great idea. It's a good way for the students to learn about issues in the world.'

 

'The project to spread awareness of migration in the community using art is interesting, different and a unique experience to be a part of. It's good that the mural will be displayed in the community as it is a difficult subject to raise awareness of.'

 

'I really enjoyed taking part in today's workshop. It was very interesting and I feel as if I have a better understanding of why people move over to this country from other places. I think the mural will look very colourful for the community to see.'

 

'I wanted to contribute my skills as much as I can and wanted to give something back to the community. Hopefully it will inspire others to help against stigma and stereotypes in the news.

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