Many new groups have sprung up in non-dispersal areas and there are people all over the UK and Ireland who want to find a way help sanctuary seekers, even when there is no such demographic within their own communities.
Sanctuary breaks are an excellent way to connect asylum seekers and refugees with local people who wish to host them for a short period – a day, a weekend or even a week. These breaks provide very welcome respite for asylum seekers who are sometimes stuck for many years and are unable to travel, cannot afford any leisure activity or holidays and are unable to take a break from the city to which they have been dispersed.
A trip from ‘Rivers of Gold’ to Llangorse and The Mill Talgarth
Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees (HBTSR) hosted a visit from 'Rivers of Gold' in Birmingham.
Canoeing at Barnby Dun
Donacaster Conversation Club visited Kool Kayakers Canoeing Club at Barnby Dun.
A visit to Llwyn Celyn
A group from Swansea visited Llanthony dry stone walling and hedging competition.
Billesdon Villagers welcome asylum seeker families
Families from Leicester visited the village of Billesdon.
A weekend of sanctuary in the Dales
A group of Maternity Stream volunteers spent the weekend with local families in the Dales.