August Edition

Welcome to our August 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. 

See all the latest stories on our website 
News from around the Network
Sanctuary in Parliament- Save the date!
Sanctuary in Parliament will be held on Monday November 4 from 12 to 4 in the Atlee Suite, Portcullis House.

Look out for more information in September.    
Portsmouth City of Sanctuary Launch Success!
Portsmouth City of Sanctuary was officially launched during refugee week on 19th June 2019, with support from Portsmouth City Council and over 80 other organisations. The Portsmouth group is taking a broad approach to the concept of sanctuary, aiming to support vulnerable people from all sectors of the community and the City of Sanctuary was launched with an event at Portsmouth Guildhall. Read more about it here.  
Oxford City now a City of Sanctuary
Oxford City Council passed motion to become a city of sanctuary on  Monday 22nd July. The Council has also appointed a new Migrant Champion, Cllr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini, to oversee these commitments. Read all about it here
Stories from People Sanctuary Seekers
American author/journalist, Cathleen Miller has interviewed people seeking sanctuary from a City of Sanctuary group. Due to the sensitive nature of these stories we have withheld the name of the group but are sharing these moving and shocking stories across the network. All these stories have been featured on Al Jazeera.
Congratulations to everyone involved at The University of  Manchester on becoming a University of Sanctuary and Manchester Museum on becoming a museum of Sanctuary!  Read about their commitment to welcoming people seeking sanctuary into their communities and how they have been promoting a culture of inclusion.
Congratulations to staff and students at Nelson Mandela Primary School in Birmingham on becoming a School of Sanctuary! Read more about here
European Youth Music Refugee Choir short listed!
The European Youth Music Refugee Choir has been given the great privilege of being shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the lottery. The first prize is £10,000 and an appearance on BBC One! This would be incredibly useful funding and would really help to raise the profile of the project. City of Sanctuary UK has previously supported this project and we would love for their team, who have worked tirelessly on this project for 3 years, to be recognised for all their hard work!

The winner will be based on public vote, so the support from the City of Sanctuary network would be really appreciated.

You can vote here
For more news from around the network please visit our website

Campaigns and Actions
#FamiliesTogether coalition
30 July was the 70th anniversary of the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949.  To mark the occasion, the Families Together Coalition worked with Karen Buck, MP to produce this opinion piece for today’s Times Red Box . It focuses on legal aid more broadly, but refugee family reunion and the coalition are mentioned. Please do share with your networks, using the hashtag #FamiliesTogether
A new campaign in Bristol to bring people together. Read all about it here
Blogs from Detention Forum
Detention Forum  are writing a series of blogs on alternatives to detention, whilst calling for a 28 day time limit. Read their first 2 entries below: 
Open letter to the Home Secretary
City of Sanctuary has joined over 35 organisations who have signed an open letter to the new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, calling for a humane immigration and asylum system. The letter can be found here


Please visit Asylum Matters website for more campaigns to follow and support.
Events, Resources and Opportunities
Regional Gatherings and conferences 2019
Church of Sanctuary Conference
The first Church of Sanctuary Conference  will take place on Wednesday 15th of September , 11:00 am to Thu 19 September, 4:00 pm. Organised by Churches’ Refugee Network. For details and bookings please see here
The School of Artisan Food Refugee Scholarship
A great opportunity for a young refugee who wants to go into the food industry. A scholarship to study for 6 months for an Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking, starting in September.  It’s a full time, residential course based in Nottinghamshire. Email Josh for more info
Job Opportunities
  • We are recruiting a Communications Manager. Closing date – 3rd September at 5pm. For more information, please see here
  • Lewisham Council is recruiting a integration adviser. deadline 18th of August. Details can be found here
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