Burslem Jubilee Group

We have been working with the Burslem Jubilee Project since 2015. The project provides support, companionship and activity for asylum seekers and refugees who are currently living in Stoke-on-Trent. We have worked with project leaders, Sheila Podmore and Dianne Yeadon, to devise meaningful projects that are an outlet for creativity, a way of getting to know others, that builds an appreciation of the heritage of the local area, and, most importantly, has a positive impact on wellbeing.

‘I feel powerful – I can make something. It gives me confidence.’
 – Burslem Jubilee group member

These projects have included:

  • World In One City with artists Jasleen Kaur, Jo Ayre and Alice Thatcher, and B-Arts.
  • Unbuttoned, which saw the women of the project work with local bone china flower makers and artist Jo Ayre to create a banner for the Processions event in London to celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women.
  • Growing Cultures, a project exploring health and wellbeing, connected to a public health campaign around AMR. The group worked with ceramic artist Jo Ayre and writer Anjum Malik.