This Bank Holiday, NACCOM is attending Greenbelt Festival, a ‘festival of arts, faith and justice’ taking place at Boughton House, Northamptonshire.

We’re coordinating a stand in the Takeaway area of the site, where we’ll be raising awareness about the impact of hostile government policies such as destitution and detention, showcasing the work of our members and encouraging festival-goers to take positive action.

We’re going to be joined by partners Detention Action and Freed Voices on the Saturday, and representatives from one of our member organisations, Host Nottingham, on the Sunday and Monday.

Throughout the weekend, we’re hosting an ‘Imagination Station’ where people can put pen to paper on questions like ‘What does Hostility look like?’ ‘What is Hospitality?’ ‘What is Detention?’ and ‘What is Safety?’.

On Saturday, Michael and Kasonga will be running a structured Q&A workshop on some of the most pressing issues facing people in detention, and talk about what motivates them to campaign for change

Michael and Kasonga are from the Freed Voices group of experts-by-experience. Between them, they have lost over four years of their lives to immigration detention. Now, as members of Freed Voices, they speak out about the realities of immigration detention and campaign for reform.

On Sunday, representatives from NACCOM will be running a series of short talks on the impact of destitution and the work of our members to prevent homelessness and hardship.

Both days will provide great opportunities to stand in solidarity with those affected by hostility policies and make a lasting change. We hope to see you there!