High Wycombe working retreat, December 2018

High Wycombe working retreat, December 2018

Some papers, three Quaker books and a bag full of craft produce

Preparing for the retreat

On a crisp December weekend, QVA volunteers redecorated Mellor House, which has just been purchased by Chilterns Area Quaker Meeting for use by Wycombe Refugee Partnership as a halfway house for refugee families.

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who joined our working retreat. Some came for a morning, others for a couple of days, and others stayed over for the whole thing – you all made a great project possible!

Our hosts at Wycombe Refugee Partnership said ‘Not only has the living space for our refugees been painted – which was a big job – but the house feels as though it has been hallowed by the retreat.’

A room with a table in the middle looking bare, with tools on the floor and bare patches on the walls

The living room before our working retreat

We painted, tidied, laughed, and had some lovely retreat sessions out in the open air. Thanks to Alison Smedley both for the lovely photos and wonderful facilitation over the weekend!

Four people with paint brushes in different parts of a room, painting the ceiling and walls

QVA volunteers hard at work

A person bending down painting a window ledge

Image of a muddy lane with trees one side and a hedge the other

Over the weekend we also undertook a series of retreat sessions, including one taking in parts of the local countryside!

A newly decorated room, looking bright and airy and with a dining table in the middle

Afterwards! We left the living room in a great shape

We will be holding Chilterns Area Meeting and Wycombe Refugee Partnership in the Light as the first of the families – who have been forced to flee their homes in other parts of the world – settle in over the coming weeks and months.

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any refugee support projects that need an injection of volunteer time – we might be able to help.