July Edition

Welcome to our July newsletter aiming to update, share opportunities, new resources and ideas for action. Thank you to City of Sanctuary groups for posting articles on your websites and telling us about your inspirational work.

Please help us to keep the newsletter balanced by sharing your news with us. Sharing your latest stories on your website also keeps it up to date. Please also share this newsletter with your supporters and networks. 

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News from around the Network
North East Gathering 2019
On Saturday 8th June 2019, forty people across the North East came together to learn from one another through sharing their experiences of creating cities and towns of sanctuary. Read all about it here
The Plymouth City of Sanctuary (PCoS) was officially launched during refugee week on the 19th June 2019 and it was widely attended by members of the public, individuals, organisations and the local authority represented by Councillor Sue Dann. Read more about it here
Lewisham Borough of Sanctuary Conference
On the 19th of June, groups from across Lewisham came together to discuss the ways in which their borough could become London’s first Borough of Sanctuary. The event brought together businesses, community groups, faith groups, Goldsmiths University and the Council, all determined to make their community a more hospitable place for asylum seekers and refugees as well as tackling the government’s ‘Hostile Environment’. Read more about it here
  A poem in response of Refugee Week
Nikki Bennett, Poet in Residence at Chester Cathedral, wrote the following poem in response to the exhibition staged at the Cathedral for Refugee Week here
Scottish Universities of Sanctuary Get-Together
23 practitioners with interest in enabling refugees’ access to Higher Education in Scotland met in Edinburgh on the 3rd of June, in a get-together described by an attendee as ‘a wonderful balance of information sharing and positivity (and food!!). Read more about the event here
 Scotland Welcomes Refugees Gathering in Glasgow
Scotland Welcomes Refugees Coalition (which includes Oxfam Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, Refuweegee, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, Amnesty and City of Sanctuary in Scotland) has just hosted the second annual Scotland Welcomes Refugees Gathering in Glasgow on Saturday 15th of June. Read all about it here
Congratulations to staff and students at St Joseph's Cathedral School Swansea on becoming a School of Sanctuary!  Read about their commitment to welcome sanctuary seekers and refugees families into their school and local community in their journey to become a School of Sanctuary.
Well done to the staff and students for their continuous commitment in creating  a culture of welcome and inclusion at Newman Catholic College.  Congratulations on becoming a School of Sanctuary. Read more about their work here
Congratulations to staff and students at Cromwell J&I School and Chandos Primary School Birmingham on becoming a School of Sanctuary! Read more about here
Congratulations to everyone involved with Phosphoros Theatre who have been recognised as a Theatre Company of Sanctuary for their continued commitment to refugees and asylum seekers both onstage & in the audience. Read more about it here
Swansea City of Sanctuary recognised the exemplary work of two  pledged supporting organisations -  Congratulations to the Terrence Higgins Trust and Circus Eruption
Growing Point's project Hidden Talents has been doing great work in integrating refugees into the workforce. Hear some of their stories...
For more news from around the network please visit our website

Campaigns and Actions
#FamiliesTogether coalition
Ask Sajid Javid to change unfair rule keeping refugee families apart - by signing this petition

'Words that Burn':  Amnesty has launched the next stage of its human rights education project, which encourages young people to engage with human rights through poetry. This term the focus is on family, in support of the Families Together campaign .  Supporters from schools and beyond are invited to supporters to write their own poems and write one line on what family means to them and tweet it @sajidjavid with the hashtag #FamiliesTogether. 

'Winning the argument to keep families together' is a new communications guide for campaigners on issues of refugee family reunion, family migration and integration.

It offers new insights into effective campaign strategies on these issues, new audiences and tested messages that have been shown to resonate with the public.
Researchers British Future and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network conducted focus groups across the country with different audience groups (migration liberals, the ‘Anxious Middle’, ethnic minorities, grandparents and campaigners); and two waves of nationally-representative polling by ICM.

The report is not available publicly but City of Sanctuary members can contact to gain access via a password protected website. 

#LiftTheBan Day of Action 
In June City of Sanctuary took part in the Lift the Ban Day of Action in Tees Valley, Swansea, Glasgow and during the North East regional gathering.
#LiftTheBan Day of Action at Glasgow City Chambers
City of Sanctuary was proud to support the Lift the Ban Day of Action in Glasgow earlier this month. Led by MIN Voices of Maryhill Integration Network and supported by Refugee Survival Trust, Scottish Refugee Council, Cranhill Development Trust and British Red Cross, the event brought together people in the asylum system (‘experts by experience’), practitioners, supporters, journalists, local councillors, MSPs and MPs. Read all about it here
Quick survey for midwives about sanctuary seeking women

Amanda Firth at the University of Bradford is conducting PhD research on how maternity services could be improved to more effectively care for refugee and asylum seeking women with perinatal depression. As part of this, a survey aims to analyse different models of care across England. More info here

Please visit Asylum Matters website for more campaigns to follow and support.
Events, Resources and Opportunities
Regional Gatherings and conferences 2019
'Memories from my Land'
Internationally renowned classical pianist Margaret Fingerhut is launching the piano piece ‘Memories from my Land’ written by Kurdish pianist Moutaz Arian to raise funds for @CityofSanctuary . The piece is available to download now.
Job Opportunities 
  • City of Sanctuary Sheffield is recruiting a new Director, Closing date: 9am on Monday 15 July 2019.  More information including job description and person specification here
  • STAR is recruiting a Student Network Assistant. The closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 12th July. More information available here  
  • Prisoners of Conscience is recruiting a Fundraising Manager. The closing date for applications is Thursday 18 July 2019. More information available here 
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