October Edition

Welcome to the CoS October newsletter.  This month we bring some inspiring work from volunteers around the network, an exciting video from our Sanctuary Ambassadors, and a few actions you can do...
Please tell us your good news stories and share this newsletter with your supporters and networks. 
See all the latest stories on our website
News from around the Network

City of Sanctuary’s Sanctuary Ambassadors share their vision for a future of peace; a future in which they can work, contribute to society, give back and care for others.
 Wolverhampton News!
Here are 3 great local news stories from Wolverhampton CoS. They reflect the positive messaging of City of Sanctuary, the importance of connecting people and  valuing contributions.  A  cookbook without borders , a creative mask maker and a shared allotment for people seeking sanctuary.

Contact for help telling your stories to your local media.

Congratulations to Swindon City of Sanctuary's incredible volunteers on winning the Pride of Swindon award. 
Congratulations to Sheffield City of Sanctuary - proud holders of the Investing in Volunteers Standard recognising the outstanding experience that their volunteers bring and their outstanding work that they do.
   Art Campaigner's Interview on detention
Safwa Chowdhury, a local artist who works with Hastings Community of Sanctuary, has done a live interview with Zebee (a London-based international community platform) on Instagram to raise awareness about indefinite immigration detention. Watch the whole interview here.   
For more news from around the network, please visit our website

Campaigns and Actions

More campaigns and petitons can be found here
   Developing FE Colleges of Sanctuary
Following increasing interest from the Further Education sector, CoS UK has been working to develop  a range resources for the Colleges of Sanctuary stream. We have an expanding number of FE Colleges being recognised with sanctuary awards and have developed a set of tailored minimum criteria to guide the  Learn/Embed/Share processes for these institutions. We are also collating case studies and example of best practice and welcome examples from across the network.  Please check out our new website dedicated to FE Colleges here and get in touch with your regional coordinator if you would like to learn more.

The Asylum Matters website has more campaigns to follow and support. These include asylum support and accommodation, access to healthcare, and the right to work. Their news page provides weekly updates on the refugee sector current advocacy initiatives which are very informative. 
Events, Resources and Opportunities
Upcoming Events 
Our series of Facilitated Conversations, which bring together members of the network to share practice, challenges and find solutions on specific topics, continues. Tuesday 20th October will focus on DBS checks. Please register here and look out for more information here
Resource available in 75 languages 
A 'Free Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty' is available in 75 languages from Psychology Tools here
Play equipment available
Copper Beech Play are looking for spaces which are used by, or support, vulnerable groups. They would like to donate pallets of their play equipment (eg. stepping logs, balance beams) to these spaces. This would suit an outdoor community space / Garden of Sanctuary. Contact to discuss
New report from IPPR
The new report 'Access denied: The Human Impact of the Hostile Environment' assesses the impacts of the hostile environment on individuals and communities. Read more about it here
Job Opportunities
*City of Sanctuary UK has a page of useful links to support refugees seeking employment.
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