This year we are holding a series of ‘Network Voice’ online meetings / consultation events to inform the review of the City of Sanctuary UK strategy. These ‘Network Voice’ meetings will enable us to engage with representations from across the UK – including both those involved in CoS groups and Streams of Sanctuary initiatives.
This first meeting, held on the 18th May (10am-12pm), will focus discussions on movement building – the ‘why’ and ‘how’ we can bring about the changes we want to see (Our Future Story). We will be posting papers here to inform discussions and will also send these out to registered participants so that they can prepare for this event.
To take part and have your say, register here.
Welcome and introductions
Why is movement building more important than ever? – Jonathan Ellis, City of Sanctuary Chair of Trustees will introduce movement building and the Asylum Reform Initiative vision of an alternative asylum system.
How can bring about the changes we want to see? – Siân Summers-Rees, City of Sanctuary UK Chief Officer will invite consideration of our current strategic objectives to inform where we should be focusing our efforts and resources in particular in the following areas
- Supporting groups (what does that look like?)
- Building the streams work nationally, including the Local Authority Network, as well as supporting the development of the work locally
- Mobilising the network (which includes groups and people involved in streams) behind sector led campaigns
How can we ensure that people seeking sanctuary are empowered to be leaders with the network? We hope to hear from Amani Yahya, City of Sanctuary UK Trustee TBC
Movement Building: How we reach people who are anxious about immigration? – Richard Williams, City of Sanctuary UK Trustee & Sanctuary on Sea (Brighton and Hove) City of Sanctuary will lead a discussion on how we engage hesitant people to engage with our friendship and solidarity, streams & awards work.
‘What is our Future Story?’ Jonathan Ellis
There will be a break in the middle and also Breakout Discussions, Closing Remarks and Next Steps