As a social worker and Independent Visitor I have had a particular connection with and interest in Unaccompanied Asylum seekers. I co-managed a large local authority Independent Visiting service for 4 years, helping it grow and expand its range.
Through my community arts work I have also supported local refugee groups and initiatives including Refugee walk, leading singing and circle dancing as part of wider nature based walking and sharing stories events.My blog for Open Learn, Refugee week 2021, can be found here, drawing on my community arts work with LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.
I can be contacted at Catherine.pestano [at] open.ac.uk
You can read more about my community music work in my other blog here entitled Community music....https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/viewpost.php?post=239078