CEREDIGION County Council Leader Ellen ap Gwynn has spoken of her pride at the way local communities have been ‘so welcoming’ of the Syrian refugees who have settled in the county.

“Ceredigion has proved to be a safe haven for them all, enabled them to re-settle in a secure environment and become part of our local community,” she said.

Ms Gwynn was speaking at the launch of which takes Refugee Week 2021 which runs until Sunday.

Its theme: ‘We cannot walk alone’, is inspired by Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a Dream’ speech in 1963, when he spoke about the importance of unity and equality for all.

Ceredigion County Council along with Carmarthenshire County Council, Pembrokeshire County Council and Powys County Council have been successfully hosting refugee families from Syria for over five years.

As part of Refugee Week 2021 the Mid and South West Wales Cohesion team are encouraging everyone to take part in simple acts of solidarity.

“We are asking you to celebrate our refugee families wherever you live,” said a spokesperson.

“Whether you build your own event or activity around a simple act or just take part during the week itself, you’ll be part of a movement of people everywhere taking small steps to create a big change.”

For more information on how you can get involved in celebrating Refugee Week 2021 – visit https://refugeeweek.org.uk/