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Sanctuary Summit

The Sanctuary Summit is an exciting event which is supported by national and local organisations, including Refugee Action, Refugee Council, British Red Cross, City of Sanctuary, Migrant and Refugees Community Forum, Boaz Trust, Still Human, Still Here and UNHCR.

Saturday 15th November 2014
10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Birmingham Christian Centre, Parade, Birmingham B1 3QQ

To book your place, please register with Eventbrite here.

Further information can be found on the Sanctuary summit website.

A draft programme for the day
9:00 Registrations and networking

10:00 Welcome and open

Speeches including refugees and Sarah Teather MP – Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees Maurice Wren – Chief Executive of the Refugee Council

Panel discussion and questions

Workshops – Policy Themes
Working Together: Building a Sanctuary Alliance across organisations Legal Advice and Representation Detention Destitution and the right to work Access to Healthcare Welcome, Befriending and Language Tuition Decision Making
*Please indicate your workshop selection when you register via Eventbrite

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (inc. 12:45-1:15 Fringe meeting on Syrian refugees)

Workshops – Practical Action
Working with the Media – Positive Stories Working with the Media – Ensuring Accuracy and Tackling Negative Responses, Lobbying MPs, Effective Campaigning and Working with Local Councils, Awareness Raising Social Media, Engaging New Audiences through the Arts and Building Community Action
*Please indicate your workshop selection when you register via Eventbrite

Regional Meetings

Next Steps and closing speeches

4:30 End

The Summit will invite people to unite around 8 Key Principles:
1. All asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to be treated with dignity and respect.
2. Asylum seekers to be welcomed & befriended on arrival, and offered free language tuition so they can fully participate and contribute to the local community.
3. Free access to healthcare for all asylum seekers while they are in the UK.
4. Access to good quality legal advice and representation.
5. Improved decision making, so protection is granted to all who need it.
6. An end to destitution, by providing sufficient support to all asylum seekers to ensure they can meet their essential living needs while in the UK.
7. Permission to work for asylum seekers whose case has taken more than six months, or who have been refused and are temporarily unable to return home.
8. An end to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants.