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Court finds second aspect of the Detained Fast Track unlawful

(19 Dec 2014) On 16 December, the Court of Appeal found that the detention of asylum seekers who are not at risk of absconding whilst their appeals are pending is unlawful. It upheld Detention Action’s appeal on the grounds that the policy on detaining... read more (Court finds second aspect of the Detained Fast Track unlawful) »

City of Sanctuary Vacancy - National Communications Officer

(15 Dec 2014) Vacancy: National Communications Officer Thanks to a grant from Esmee Fairbairn, we are pleased to announce that we are seeking to recruit a part-time National Communications Officer to start early in 2015. The job description and... read more (City of Sanctuary Vacancy - National Communications Officer) »

City of Sanctuary is seeking a Treasurer

(8 Dec 2014) Following on from the success of the Sanctuary Summit, the national Board of City of Sanctuary is seeking to recruit new members, in particular a voluntary Treasurer. Please see below for a job description for the Treasurer and also a... read more (City of Sanctuary is seeking a Treasurer) »

Story from Dublin Poetry Evening

(27 Nov 2014) Dublin City of Sanctuary has a thriving Arts Stream which has run several successful poetry and music evenings. This story by Antain Mac Lochlainn was read out to a crowded audience at the Monday Echo, held in a busy pub arty pub. The... read more (Story from Dublin Poetry Evening) »

What’s happening around the country?

These are the latest stories from City of Sanctuary movements and streams around the UK. We also have a full list of City of Sanctuary Groups and Movements.

Leicester

English project grows into an Arts venture

(21 Dec) Making Christmas cards at LCofS on December 18th 2014 This project was devised by students and staff at one of the Leicester City of Sanctuary English classes. It started as an exercise in planning, writing and vocabulary and was then... read more »

Leicester wins Big Lottery funding for a welcome project

(16 Dec) Thanks to volunteer Shali Bullough, Leicester City of Sanctuary has just been awarded £9,040 from the Lottery Fund for a welcoming project called Open Door. We hope that this project will run alongside our current Hello Leicester project... read more »

Manchester

Ram and the Glasgow Girls  Left to right – Rosa, (Ram) Amal, Emma and Agnesa

Sanctuary Summit: Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

(17 Dec) On Saturday 15th November 2014 in Birmingham, City of Sanctuary held a national conference, ‘Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees’. Over 400 people attended from all over the British Isles. There were guest speakers and... read more »

Presentation on Work & Health

(17 Dec) Article 23 of the Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable working conditions and to protection against unemployment.” Those seeking sanctuary in the UK... read more »

Leeds

Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

(16 Dec)   The Maternity Stream was invited by the People and Dales On Friday 12TH December 2014, to spend a lovely day away in Airton, Yorkshire Dales. Mums, children and some volunteers had the opportunity to meet some local people who... read more »

Asylum Health Tree Banner

(16 Dec) From LEEDS INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION Community Newsletter :   Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network (LASSN) were recently approached to create a piece of artwork for Leeds University’s School of Medicine. The brief was to... read more »

Maternity

Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

(15 Dec)   The Maternity Stream was invited by the People and Dales On Friday 12TH December 2014, to spend a lovely day away in Airton, Yorkshire Dales. Mums, children and some volunteers had the opportunity to meet some local people who... read more »

Maternity Stream 2014 Report

(15 Dec) The Maternity stream is delighted to attach our 2014 report of the work developed in the last year. Please feel free to share this with your networks. It includes an analysis on strengths and weaknesses, information on awareness raising... read more »

Health

Asylum Health Tree Banner

(15 Dec) From LEEDS INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION Community Newsletter :   Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network (LASSN) were recently approached to create a piece of artwork for Leeds University’s School of Medicine. The brief was to... read more »

Demos report on proposed NHS charges

(27 Oct) On 23 October, Demos launched a new report, Do No Harm.“Ensuring fair use of the NHS efficiently and effectively…” Commissioned by Doctors of the World, the research by Max Wind-Cowie and Claudia Wood, looks at how to ensure fair use of... read more »

Derby

Sanctuary award for Derby Cathedral

(14 Dec) On Sunday 18th January 2015 (Homelessness Sunday) at the 10.45 am Eucharist service, Derby Cathedral is to be presented with an award as a Faith stream of sanctuary. The Bishop of Derby will be the preacher at the service.The Dean and... read more »

Welcoming the stranger

(27 Nov) Derby City of Sanctuary is organising a conference “Welcoming the Stranger – how churches can help refugees and asylum seekers”. It will be held on 21 March 2015 at Derby’s Riverside Centre, in the Carsington Suite... read more »

Swansea

Asylum-seekers make history at national Summit

(3 Dec) By Becky Lowe, on Behalf of Swansea City of Sanctuary. Swansea asylum-seekers and refugees have been helping make history at the first ever ‘Sanctuary Summit’, a national conference dedicated to tackling asylum issues. The conference... read more »

Swansea Conference raises the profile on Asylum Issues.

(18 Nov) On 18th October 2014 more than sixty people from across South Wales attended a conference entitled ‘Asylum Seekers and your Church’. The conference, which was organised by a local steering group, began with an Eritrean group singing... read more »

Arts

Sanctum: A Refugee's Story - Successful play from Without Walls Theatre Company

(1 Dec) Sanctum: A Refugee’s Story – A Play by Without Walls Theatre Company On Sunday 23rd November, Sheffield celebrated Light Night, an event which marked the turning on of the Christmas lights. The event hosted a large and... read more »

Oxford

Oxford City of Sanctuary Relaunch: First Annual General Meeting & Elections set for 10th December 2014

(30 Nov) Dear Friends, After a few years of quiet, old and new members have come together to support the relaunch of the Oxford City of Sanctuary movement. Oxford City of Sanctuary aims to promote the inclusion and welfare of those coming to the... read more »

Sheffield

Sheffield shows up in strength at Sanctuary Summit

(17 Nov) Sheffield organisations were well represented at the first ever Sanctuary Summit held in Birmingham last Saturday. At least 10 local people representing seven different local groups joined 400 others from all over Britain to express their... read more »

Sheffield speaks up in Parliament

(11 Sep) A presentation about City of Sanctuary Sheffield proved to be one of the highlights at a meeting in the Palace of Westminster, when our Awareness Co-ordinator Rodrigo Edema spoke about our work in local schools. Rodrigo was assisted by... read more »

Schools

Global Sanctuary Education Network

(20 Oct) Global Sanctuary Education Network is a collaboration between Sanctuary in Schools, part of Bradford City of Sanctuary and Global Community Outreach. The project is aims to support young asylum seekers and refugees, who are at secondary... read more »

How to Teach Refugee Week

(13 Oct) This useful article from the Guardian provides lots of links to resources and ideas for teaching around Refugee Week (15-21 June 2014) http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/jun/09/how-... read more »

Exeter

Sanctuary in Parliament

(24 Sep) On the 2nd of this month we had the privilege of going to Westminster to partake in the first ‘Sanctuary in Parliament’, an event where members of the City of Sanctuary movement came from all over the country to celebrate their... read more »

Bradford

'Thank U Bradford' event on 31.8.14 a huge success

(5 Sep) More than 60 asylum seekers and refugees from around the world gathered in Bradford city centre on 31st August to say ‘thank you’ to Bradford for the support they have received since arriving in the city. After speeches from... read more »

Birmingham

School of Sanctuary Certificate

St Chad's Catholic Primary School in Newtown is Birmingham's first School of Sanctuary.

(6 Aug) The school put together a portfolio showing the ways in which they offer support to children from asylum-seeking and refugee families. The award was presented to the Head Teacher Matthew Tehan at their final assembly on Friday 18th July. read more »

Cardiff

Get to know more about Cardiff through Cardiff City of Sanctuary

(6 Aug) Are you new Cardiff? Then let the Cardiff City of Sanctuary movement show you around. We can help you access sector services and understand where you need to go to feel included in Cardiff. Contact us on info@cardiff.cityofsanctuary.... read more »