Many thanks to Heather Luna and Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary “Sanctuary Breaks Hosting Scheme” for the following helpful templates which other groups can adapt for their own use:
Links and Partner Organisations
Hiraeth Hope is a West Wales based community group that is offering refugees and asylum seekers in Swansea the chance to go on a short holiday or break and to be well looked after by hosts and the community. All costs are covered, and they are working towards providing new homes for those that would want to join them in their rural setting. If you are a refugee needing a short holiday, one still overseas looking for a home in rural Wales, or a local person wanting to help in some way, then please do contact them.
The Grange in Norfolk is our very first Home of Sanctuary. It is a family home and smallholding in West Norfolk which since 2012 has been opening its doors to people from near and far to give them opportunities to build their own resilience.In particular they welcome people who have survived torture and extreme violence and those fleeing persecution. As a permaculture demonstration site they are also exploring ways of living which might help build wider societal resilience at this time of great change. You can get in touch here.
People and the Dales have worked with numerous groups providing a day out in the countryside for health and well being and an opportunity to get away from it all, including the Maternity Stream of City of Sanctuary in Leeds. They give people who don’t normally get out into the countryside the chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
They have received a Sanctuary in Mental Health award for their wonderful efforts to help the well-being of sanctuary seekers through their work. They are currently encouraging groups in Buckden, Bentham and Settle to think about running a hosting weekend and Malhamdale has hosted several weekends already. You can contact them here.
Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary in Lincolnshire offers Sanctuary Breaks to asylum seekers who live Leicester, Leeds, and beyond. They are matched with hosts who open their homes for up to a week to provide English immersion, family life, friendship, therapeutic space, and trips to the seaside and countryside. They welcome individuals, couples, and families. Connect with them here. Hill House is another example of a retreat centre, open to sanctuary seekers in the Cotswolds Beasley Back Dane Trust in the Peak District are able to provide breaks to refugees, including young people and have a lot of experience providing holidays to young people.
The Radical Rural Handbook
The Radical Rural Handbook
A study by academics from the Geography Department at the University of Exeter: Professor Nick Gill and Dr Jen Bagelman, and two PhD researchers Amanda Schmid-Scott and Emma Marshall on how local communities are engaging with global issues of migration, particularly in response to the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ and the large-scale arrivals of people from Africa and the Middle East on the shores of Southern Europe over the last few years.