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Rainbow Haven - Spirit Story – A Talented Artist

22 Sep 2016 - 17:13 by Nigel Rose

On Thursday 22nd September, 70 people turned up for the drop-in session and 30 attended an English class at Rainbow Haven in Gorton.

One of the people who turned up was a Kurdish man who used to be a civil servant in Syria. He has a family and wanted help in getting tax credits. Whilst they were on the phone on hold, he showed the advisor a picture of a painting on his mobile. He had many of these pictures and was asked who had painted them. He replied ‘I painted them’. Amanda, the advisor, was highly impressed at the quality and the talent they showed. She put him in contact with Community Arts North West, so they can work with him and help him to take advantage of his talent and exhibit his paintings in order to achieve a better life for him and his family.

Rainbow Haven is a community drop-in centre where migrants and refugees come for help, advice and English classes.

It helps people to find their way through the asylum process, with tax credit, benefits, referrals to hospital, and provides any other kind of help necessary for a better quality of life.

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