The orange heart is a symbol of solidarity with people forced to flee their homes.
Inspired by the refugee nation flag, and the colours of a lifebelt, the heart symbolises hope and kindness. By re-creating and sharing the heart on your social media channels you can show your support for refugees.
What you can do now:
Add the orange heart emoticon to your social media profile to show your support for a kinder, fairer and more effective approach to supporting people seeking sanctuary. You can explain its symbolism to your followers and encourage them to do the same.
Mobilise locally with schools, supporting organisations, local council and other community groups to Show Your Hearts across your locality with a creative show of the orange heart symbolism and explanations for why we oppose the bill and seek a fairer humane and effective asylum system. See resources below.
We have worked with Together with Refugees to develop resources suitable for Schools of Sanctuary.
A crafted heart along with a handwritten letter will stand out amongst MPs correspondence, show how much you care about the issue and invoke a positive rather than defensive response from MPs. Here are some links for the City of Sanctuary network, craft groups, drop-in sessions, ordinary people to craft their orange heart and use its powerful symbol to effect change.
Crochet a heart
Turn your hearts into a chain
Knit a Heart Shape | Puffy Heart Softies
Make FELTED HEART
Fold an origami heart
Embroider a heart
Click here for support and guidance to get media coverage for your Orange Hearts campaign.
And here is some Social Media Guidance from Asylum Matters to help you get the word out about the events and activities you’re taking part in to ensure they’re all linked up as part of a wider movement to stand #TogetherWithRefugees and campaign against the #AntiRefugeeBill.