March Edition

Welcome to our March newsletter! We hope you have taken the time to notice the signs of spring and are able to enjoy the bulbs blooming and new leaves uncurling.   This month we bring a wide variety of events, some good news, and resources including jobs. 
Please share this newsletter with your supporters and networks.  See all the latest stories on our website. 
News from around the Network
Asylum Matters Goes Independent! 

We are delighted for our partner Asylum Matters who have now secured their own charity status. See our joint statement here.

To Leicester Museum and Art Gallery for their recognition as a Museum of Sanctuary  whose commitment to welcome and inclusion is highly impressive. 

To the University of Bath, University of Oxford's  Somerville College and Mansfield College awarded as Universities of Sanctuary, in recognition of their efforts to welcome and support people seeking sanctuary.

In an unique initiative Nottingham Universities have put in a joint application to become Universities of Sanctuary. 
COVID Vaccines Blog

An interesting blog piece from Doncaster City of Sanctuary on the different views about the Covid vaccine from people seeking sanctuary.  See also Doctors of the World Vaccine Advocacy Project and the new  Vaccines for All  campaign. 
Rector at the University of Edinburgh

Congratulations to Debora Kayembe, human rights lawyer and activist who originally arrived in the UK sixteen years ago from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Debora, was elected as the 54th Rector of the University of Edinburgh which is part of  University of Sanctuary network. Read more about it here
For more news from around the network, please visit our website

Campaigns and Actions
More campaigns and petitions on our "What you can do from Home " page on our Covid-19 website

The Asylum Matters website has more campaigns to follow and support. These include asylum support, accommodation, 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
Facilitated Conversations 
Our series of Facilitated Conversations, which bring together members of the network to share practice, challenges and find solutions on specific topics, continues. Click on the graphics below for information and to register.  Keep your eye on our Latest Events page for April events including our Celebrating Sanctuary Facilitated Conversation on the 19th April at 10am.     
Online Activities
  • Last month of Connect and Create weekly activities connecting people through fun and creativity in solidarity and for wellbeing. Please help people seeking sanctuary in your network to register.  Free data. 
  • The Sing for Freedom Choir  originally founded by Freedom from Torture will join the Funday Friday session (part of Connect & Create) on March 19th.  More information.
  • Storybook Sessions - four more videos in March. More details available here
The City of Sanctuary Local Authority Network is holding its first Thematic Network Meeting to discuss No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). The meeting will include a panel, chaired by NACCOM, which will share good practice collaborations between Local Authorities and the third sector. We would like to ask local groups who are in contact with their Local Authorities to encourage them to register for the event.
Other Upcoming Events
              CoS New E-book!                   

We have launched the e-book version of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes for  #World Book Day. This inspirational history of City of Sanctuary from its inception is told through a tapestry of stories from people across the UK including people seeking sanctuary.  Only £3.99 on Lulu and Amazon. Please help to promote this by sharing this link widely. 
 Training Resources 

Social Media Workshop - Katherine Maxwell-Rose Digital Communications Manager from IMIX, presented key tips for making an impact using social media, focusing on Twitter and Facebook. Check out the notes, slides and video. 

Other Facilitated Conversations resources remain pertinent as  restrictions continue.  Check the Past Events for these including Befriending, Using Arts and Sports to support mental wellbeing, Resettlement, Teaching ESOL online, Drop-ins online etc. 
 Latest Asylum Statistics 

The latest asylum and refugee quarterly data release from Office for National Statistics, for 2020 is now available here.
              New! ESOL Toolkit                   

New toolkit from Migration Yorkshire for commissioners and practitioners offering useful guidance and highlights current effective practice in ESOL for refugees.
              Briefings Response Project                  

The Hope not Hate and Migration Exchange Response Project, which seeks to better prepare the refugee and migration sector to respond to the far-right threat published their second briefings.
Job Opportunities
*City of Sanctuary UK has a page of useful links to support refugees seeking employment.
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