In Yorkshire and Humberside and the North East, projects have been developed in several dispersal cities to welcome new arrivals. A referral is sent, with consent, from Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre to volunteer coordinators in dispersal cities who then arrange for a volunteer, who hopefully speaks the same language as the asylum seeker, to meet them and show them around the city. Referrals can also be made after people arrive in the new city.
To make a referral to one of the Welcome projects in the North East or Yorkshire & Humberside, please visit https://welcometomycity.uk
Many of the volunteers are sanctuary seekers themselves who have been in the city for a while and can empathise with their peers. The feedback has been extremely positive and people have said it is much nicer talking to a friendly face then trying to read a map and instructions in a foreign language.
Coordinators from welcome groups in different cities meet together to share ideas about training of volunteers, resources and contact details so that if sanctuary seekers are dispersed from one city to another they can still be welcomed. As Welcome projects develop across the UK we expect other regions to work together for mutual support.
On this page you can find resources, including information about the Welcome projects in Y&H and the North East and the maps in the Initial Accommodation centres in Wakefield and Liverpool.
For more information or to add your own resources to share on this page, please contact Colleen Molloy: firstname.lastname@example.org