A MOCK refugee camp will be set up in Horsforth to highlight the stories of the dispossessed.

The World on our Doorstep will feature tents with art exhibitions reflecting the journeys undertaken by Syrian refugees and the challenges refugees face as they arrive and try to settle in Leeds.

Penny Faux's aheart4refugees exhibition will tell the story of seven people and their journeys from Syria. Joanna Vestey photographed the Spaces of Sanctuary exhibition which details refugees’ experiences in Leeds.

Living within the camp will be a number of Horsforth residents who will depend on aid from others to identify briefly with refugees from around the world.

The event, which will take place from Tuesday, October 10 to Thursday, October 12, on The Green, Town Street, is being organised by Horsforth Churches Together and the Refugee Council.

A spokesman for churches together said: "The camp aims to raise awareness of the challenges refugees face, provide opportunities for people to make a response and help us to learn from the experiences of refugees. Visitors to the camp will have the opportunity to respond with art of their own, taking time to say a prayer or light a candle."

Each day at 12.30pm and 5.30pm there will be conversations led by refugees or by people working with refugees and asylum seekers. These include - Tuesday, 5.30-6.30pm, From Aleppo to Leeds: Refugees tell their story. Wednesday, 12.30-1.30pm Searching for Sanctuary: Ordinary places in Leeds which mean extraordinary things for refugees and why? Wednesday, 5.30-6.30pm What happens with what we give? Following donated aid to its destination. Thursday, 12.30-1.30pm The experiences of separated children, the response being made including experiences of fostering.

Thursday, 5.30-6.30pm Practical ways to help, offering homes, community buildings, churches to support refugees and asylum seekers.

At St Mary’s Church at 7pm on Wednesday, October 11 a Lampedusa Cross Reflection, will be staged. The event is a pilgrimage journey featuring seven different stages, which can be used to consider the plight of refugees. This will be followed by a performance by a 17-year-old violinist who will also tell tell his story of fleeing his country.

At St Margaret’s Church from 6.30pm to 9pm on Friday, October 13, visitors will be treated to Syrian food and music, as well as the chance to meet some of the charities working with refugees.

Visit http://horsforthchurchestogether.btck.co.uk/ for further details.