September Edition

Welcome to our September newsletter with news stories,  brilliant resources and exciting events.  The catastrophe in Afghanistan has been heartbreaking to witness. See our statements of solidarity and compassion.
Don't forget the  Annual Conference and AGM this month and please let people know about our Communications Manager Vacancy.   
Please share this newsletter with your supporters and networks.  See all the latest stories on our website. 
News from around the Network
Afghanistan Crisis

People and local authorities from across the UK are coming forward to support new arrivals from Afghanistan in response to the heart-breaking catastrophe. Please see our Statement of solidarity and compassion, and statements from Universities of Sanctuary and the CoS UK Local Authority Network.
Guidance for people who want to help can be found here which also includes Information and Advice for people asking about safe routes out of Afghanistan (click to download).


We are delighted to congratulate the following organisations on their recent Sanctuary Awards: 
Schools of Sanctuary:  In Belfast: Ashfield Boys’ High School, Botanic Primary School, Wheatfield Primary School, Dundonald Primary School and Euston Street Primary School and in Derry/Londonderry: Holy Child Primary School
Theatre of Sanctuary: Nottingham Playhouse
College of Sanctuary;  Llongyfarchiadau Gower College, Swansea First College of Sanctuary in Wales
First Cinema of Sanctuary - Hebden Bridge Picture House

Please tell us about your awards work. 

Home is Hebden Bridge Picture House!

Congratulations to Hebden Bridge Picture House, the first Cinema of Sanctuary!  We hope their wonderful work inspires other cinemas to do the same.  Why not share this story with your local cinema and ask if they're interested in working with you?
For more news from around the network, please visit our website
Campaigns and Actions
Take Action against the #AntiRefugeeBill 
The Afghan crisis has exposed the lack of safe routes to sanctuary and cruel nature of the Nationality and Borders Bill. Please see our website which collates the work of partners in the new #TogetherWithRefugees coalition campaign. The website will be updated as soon  as amendments are published and includes links to resources and actions you can take NOW to oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill. Resources include working with MPs and councillors, petitions, template letters, key facts and promoting the orange heart as a symbol of compassion for people seeking sanctuary.  
#TogetherWithRefugees we will show the government #WhoWeARe 
      Justice on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
City of Sanctuary UK has signed the Liberty, Bond, Friends Families and Travellers, Quakers in Britain and Friends of the Earth  joint letter to the Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Justice on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Supporting organisations in the City of Sanctuary networks are invited to join us in signing the open letter via this short form. Please do share widely with your networks and allies. The statement will be open to sign-on until 3rd September.

Events, Resources and Opportunities
              City of Sanctuary UK Conference and AGM     

Bookings are now open for our Annual Conference and AGM which will be held online on September 22nd & 23rd.  Please book your space soon.
More information available here. Join us for workshops, and inform our strategy and future story. 
 Facilitated Conversations 
Facilitated Conversations, bring together members of the network to share practice, challenges and find solutions on specific topics.  Please share in relevant networks. Click on the graphics below for more information and to register for our September events or see our Latest Events page.   
Funday Friday Relaunch Party - 3rd Sep 
Funday Friday is a cafe style online social space to keep people seeking sanctuary (and those supporting them) connected across the UK. There is a launch party on Friday 3rd September for anyone who wants to come along and find out more.

To take part in Funday Friday please register here.

Networking event in Scotland: Access to Further & Higher Education - 27 Sep

Practitioners with an interest in refugees’ access to Further and Higher Education in Scotland are invited to join a sociable speed-networking style gathering.   Register here. 
              A Road to Travel: When Universities Welcome Students Seeking Sanctuary 
On 15th Sep, STAR, Universities of Sanctuary and Birkbeck, University of London are hosting this screening of the short film 'A Road to Travel' including a panel discussion on the benefits of opening access to higher education for people seeking sanctuary and practical ways of mobilising your institution’s senior management to commit resources and take action. Free tickets available here.
Please share this event with your local universities that perhaps aren't connected to Universities of Sanctuary or don't have scholarships yet.
 Stories of Resilience - Online Launch Event  
Stories of Resilience is a UK-wide storytelling project. It celebrates how people seeking sanctuary worked with
grassroots groups and organisations to connect and cope in creative ways during Covid-19. They are holding an online launch event on 29th September. More info here.
Good Neighbours Project        

The Good Neighbours Project is a collaboration between Imix, City of Sanctuary and Reset showcasing daily good news stories of welcome and support in communities all across the UK. Follow on Facebook and please send your stories of welcome and kindness by direct message to the page. 
      Cook & Share Grants  
Sharing food is a wonderful way to welcome, break barriers, reduce isolation & bring people together. An activity that meets two of our key network principles to build welcome.  Small grants available for Cook & Share month. Deadline 8th Sept.
      RSC-BIEA Fellowship for refugee / displaced scholars
      A tool to help students protect their educational documents

Afghan college students and recent graduates can use the UC Davis Article 26 Backpack to keep critical academic and other documents safely and securely stored, shared, and evaluated. This service is free and open to all.

The Backpack is available in Dari/Farsi and English:

Resource - The Struggle for Safety 
IMIX have released a brilliant and accessible resource on how to use the power of narratives to build support from a wider population base for refugee protection - available here. 
              Printed Resources to Order         

We have a range of printed resources to order 
Window stickers, Copies of the CoS Charter.  
Leaflets: Theory of Change, Sanctuary Awards, Maternity, Libraries/Museums, Universities 
Resource Packs: Gardens, Libraries, Mental Health, Arts, Universities 

Please tell us about the resources you need. 
Job Opportunities
*City of Sanctuary UK has a page of useful links to support refugees seeking employment.
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