A CRICKET match was held for refugee families to help break down barriers and promote fun and unity.

Cumberland Council organised and hosted a series of events to mark Refugee Week, which included the cricket match at Whitehaven Cricket Club, a baking competition at the Beacon Portal and a special dual language StoryTots session at Whitehaven Library.

The events brought together various partners, including the Cumbria Constabulary, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, and the West Cumbria Refugee Support Network (WCRSN).

Families attended who have resettled from a range of countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, and Ukraine, all coming together to take part.

Children experienced healthy competition and everyone enjoyed getting to know more about all the services attending.

The partnership with organisations such as the Cumbria Constabulary, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, and the WCRSN played a pivotal role in the success of the event and provided a great opportunity for them to introduce themselves and talk about the vital roles they play.

Since lockdown, Whitehaven Cricket Club has become even more of a focus for community organisations in the town.

As well as welcoming refugees, the club has hosted bereavement groups, diabetes support groups, vaccination programmes and Hospice at Home, among others.

Cumberland Council deputy leader, Councillor Lisa Brown, said “Events like the annual refugee cricket match are essential in our efforts to build a strong and inclusive community.

“They help to break down barriers, foster mutual understanding, build knowledge, and create social connections, all while ensuring everyone has a great time.

“All of the events held to mark refugee week were well attended and support the council aims of creating a welcoming environment for all Cumberland residents.”