Milton Keynes pledges to take in 50 refugee families to commemorate its 50th birthday

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Fifty refugee families will be welcomed into Milton Keynes to mark its 50th birthday next year, political leaders have pledged.

The undertaking was one of several 50-themed social justice goals requested by the Citizens:mk charity.

They have also won promises for 50 more accredited Living Wage employers in the city and for 50 town and parish councils to be advised on renewable energy.

Citizens:mk is part of a national charity that works to develop the capacity and skills of communities.

They held an assembly last week at Christ the Cornerstone Church and invited the city’s business and political leaders.

The overall theme was ‘building communities’ and the assembly heard testimonies from people whose voices are not normally heard.

One speaker was Nour Sakr, a Syrian refugee who is pictured describing her experience of being welcomed in Milton Keynes.

For more details visit www.citizensmk.org.uk