June Edition

Welcome to our June newsletter full of stories from around the network including news from the AGM  and some great new resources. Please share this newsletter with your supporters and networks.

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News from around the Network
City of Sanctuary National Conference &  AGM
We had a fantastic time at the AGM in Newcastle, at the Civic Centre on the 15th of May.  For a snapshot of the day, photos and the complete report click here. 

Thank you to all those who came and contributed. We were sorry to miss those of you who weren't able to make it, but look forward to seeing you in the future.
Theatre of Sanctuary 
Congratulations to Octagon Theatre, Bolton on becoming a  Theatre of   Sanctuary. 
Read about their inspirational work here.
Congratulations to Derby City of Sanctuary
We are very impressed with plans for Refugee Week in Derby and we invite you to take a look at their excellent brochure here for future inspiration. Please tell us about your plans for Refugee Week, and remember to put your stories and successes up on your website so that we can share them afterwards.
Norfolk Welcomes
The Strangers and the Canaries
A lovely article about the start up of the School of Sanctuary network in Norwich and their successful Norfolk Welcomes day of action in partnership with Amnesty International. Be inspired! 
 Manchester 10k 2018

Congratulations to Manchester City of Sanctuary for completing the Manchester 10k to help raise money for English classes so that Sanctuary Seekers can access education and develop their language skills. Read more about it here.

Campaigns and Actions
Consultation on Creation of a CoS database

We are working on developing a national database to support the development of monitoring and evaluation of our work and provide a portal for every group and stream to communicate, collaborate and record activities.

Please contact with your questions, comments and your answer to this question:  "If you had a tool that allowed you to work more closely with the CoS UK umbrella organisation, and with other groups, what would you like it to do?" 

We look forward to your engagement with this new national resource. 
City of Sanctuary Charter 
The City of Sanctuary Charter crystallises our vision, and defines our values and principles for the network. Have you discussed it in your group?
Events, Resources and Opportunities
#RefugeesWelcome in Parks

City of Sanctuary groups and local councils now have access to a set of amazing resources to support the development of #refugeeswelcome in parks to meet our vision of welcome across all spaces and places. Don't miss out on these amazing resources just in time for the spring and summer. Please check it out here.

 Booklet on Refugees in Northern Ireland
Embrace Northern Ireland have produced a very handy and accessible handbook aimed at helping locals, faith and other groups and new arrivals navigate the system and know where to find help. 
 Young Orchestras are Recruiting Members for their Choir 
Young Orchestras CIC and City of Sanctuary are inviting young refugees, asylum seekers, and children of refugees, aged 16-26, to join a newly created European Youth Music Refugee Choir. For more information see here.
 Media and Communications Toolkit

Imix have produced a media and communications toolkit to help organisations better understand how to get across their message via the media and digital channels. The media toolkit looks at general principles for working with the media, how to draft press releases, secure interviews and prepare as a spokesperson. There is also a toolkit on creating messages and stories looking at the principles of story-telling, how to persuade people, get good stories and case studies.
Latest Asylum Statistics 

The immigration statistics for the first quarter, January to March, of 2018 (Q1) were released on 24th of May. Key asylum figures are on our website here and further information can be found through the links on our Facts and Figures website page.
Working Supportively With Refugees - Online Course

Futurelearn have produced a free course to learn how the principles of psychological well-being, communication and interpretation can benefit your work with refugees. 

Penrith is offering single adult refugees with leave to remain employment opportunities, affordable housing and more if they move to Penrith. Read more about it here
Job Opportunities
Asylum Welcome in Oxfordshire are recruiting 4 key staff positions that will play a vital role in enabling and developing the delivery of services for asylum seekers, refugees and detainees.  Closing date 21st June.  JDs and applications are available here.

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