MORE needs to be done to accept, support and integrate refugee families - that's the opinion of a local organisation which fights for change.

This Sunday (October 10), Tynedale Transformed is holding a day of online events called 'Refugees in Crisis'.

It’s the latest of its second Sunday series of debates and discussions and will address global and local issues.

Panellists and guests will include those who help refugees and refugees themselves who will tell of their experiences settling into the region.

The day kicks off at 11am with the chance to see a Hexham Debate on refugee rights in an age of nationalism and austerity. Between 2pm and 3pm there will be an 'in conversation' session with refugee agencies.

A panel discussion will be held between 4pm and 5.30pm featuring people who work with refugees and refugees themselves. At 7pm there will be a story-telling session on what it is like to be forced to leave your homeland and set up in another country.

Organiser Penny Grennan said: “We hope this day-long event will open people’s eyes to what is happening in the world and what needs to be done for people who desperately need our help and support.

“Lots of good work is already going on – even in a mostly rural area like ours in Northumberland - but much, much, more needs to happen.”

Details about the free sessions can be found on