AS part of Refugee Week starting June 14, one of the region's oldest charities has launched a campaign encouraging groups in Greater Manchester to welcome and settle refugees into their communities.

The campaign by Caritas Diocese of Salford, Welcoming Refugees, includes a film featuring two refugees, who share their experiences.

Caritas are also hosting a free webinar on June 15 at 6.30pm.

Patrick O’Dowd, Deputy Director of Caritas Diocese of Salford, said: “We know the people of Greater Manchester are among the kindest and most generous in the country and we know many people want to help refugees and asylum seekers but don’t know how.

“We also know there are many extraordinary community groups across the region eager to be involved. We therefore see Refugee Week as the ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers and inform everyone in the region how we can together offer welcome and support.

“Through no fault of their own, these courageous people have faced unimaginable trials, challenges and often heartbreak, leaving their homes and families and embarking on a difficult journey not knowing what awaits them on the other side but hoping that it will be a safer and more welcoming environment for their families.”