Norwich Christian charity and partners' fundraiser feast  

The Norwich Integration Partnership, a partnership of three local charities, including Norwich Christian charity English+, working with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants  is hosting a sumptuous feast of international cuisine for up to 200 guests on Thursday, March 22.

On Thursday, March 22, 6.30pm-10.30pm the Norwich Integration Partnership (NIP) is hosting a stunning feast of international cuisine, at Blackfriars Hall in Norwich.  All proceeds will help support the integration of some of the most marginalised individuals, families and communities in Norwich.

In 2015 three Norwich charities, including Christian charity English+, New Routes and The Bridge Plus+, formed the Norwich Integration Partnership to coordinate their work and funding with refugees, asylum seekers and other recently settled migrants in the city.  This year the NIP has been named Norwich’s Civic Charity 2017- 2018 by the Lord Mayor of Norwich and the Sheriff.

Rosie Sexton from Holy Trinity Church is the Founder of English+ which supports people to learn English and form friendships.  The charity runs a range of free weekly English classes, conversation classes and art and craft groups at Holy Trinity Church, St Thomas Church cafes and St Luke’s Church. The charity is run by a team of volunteers, many coming from these Norwich churches.

About the International Feast Rosie said: “Up to 200 guests will get the chance to enjoy a variety of mouth-watering dishes of food from around the globe.”

Catering will be provided with the very generous support of Blaise Vasseur and his company Blach Solutions Ltd. Originally from Norfolk, Blaise Vasseur has extensive and celebrated experience as executive chef on large-scale national and international events.

The evening will feature live music from some of the best international musicians in Norwich, and there will also be an opportunity to take part in an auction of original works by acclaimed regional and national artists, as well as a raffle with fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

“By sharing an evening of food, music and art with our guests, the International Feast is celebrating the benefits of diversity and the rich cultures that refugees, asylum seekers and other migrant communities have brought to Norwich,” says Dee Robinson, Project Co-ordinator with Norwich Integration Partnership.

“We’re delighted that Maurice Wren, CEO of the Refugee Council, is supporting us and are hoping this will raise the profile of NIP as well as raising funds for our work.”

David Fullman, Lord Mayor of Norwich said, “This will be a great opportunity to enjoy excellent food and good company while supporting a charity that does enormous good for the City.  I’m really looking forward to it and the Sheriff and I look forward to welcoming everyone there.”

Tickets to the International Feast cost £26.71 and are available from Eventbrite. The ticket price includes all food and a complementary drink, and there will be a bar available all evening.

For more information email contact@norwichintegrationpartnership.org.uk.

Photo: Courtesy of English+ website www.englishplus.org.uk

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