The afternoon started with a warm welcome from Jeff Morgan, a trustee for City of Sanctuary UK based in the North West. He highlighted some of the key principles and values of the network. This was followed by an introduction from Viv Caparros and Jeff about Raise your Voice course which will be piloted at Preston College and it will be open to their internal students. The Raise your Voice, also known as Sanctuary in Politics course, has been running successfully in Ireland since early 2017. This unique course will train students in understanding and engaging with the UK political system, working with the media and public speaking skills for awareness raising.
Jo McLeish from the Theatre in the Quarter, Chester gave a presentation of a wonderful and innovative project called ‘Walk my Journey’. They have been working with 6 young sanctuary seekers and over 700 schools in Chester and surroundings using film and music to depict the stories and experiences of young sanctuary seekers.