Refugees living in Bromsgrove and Redditch have thanked the town for its support as they build their new lives.

The sentiment has been echoed around the towns ahead of Refugee Week 2024, which runs from Monday 17 to Sunday, June 23.

Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees (BRWR) assists around 200 refugees, as well as many asylum seekers.

Read more: Withers butchers, Romsley: New shop set to open

BRWR Chair, Yvonne Rendell, said: "Every single one of the people we help, and who have become our friends, are massively grateful for the way they've been treated in this town.

"These are people who've fled from often unimaginable horrors; and the compassion and understanding they've received from the people of Redditch has helped them come to terms with their experiences and try to create new lives contributing to our communities".

BRWR has put together a multicultural celebration for Refugee Week at the Redditch Library on Saturday, June 29 between 11am and 3pm.

'A Taste of Home' will feature the town's Ukrainian Youth Dance Troupe performing, and food from Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan for attendees to try.

The previous Saturday, June 22, will see a stall on Bromsgrove High Street offering tasters of food from different cultures, as part of the Court Leet festivities.