Welcome to the CoS November newsletter. Stories and actions galore. As lockdown tightens for most of us, please remember the City of SanctuaryCovid Support Websitedesigned to help you, including theCoping with Lockdownpage, and ensure you reach out to support others as well as take sanctuary for yourself.
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One Strong Voice
Please help promote One Strong Voice - a new collective of people with lived experience of seeking sanctuary and migrants wishing to advocate directly with the Home Office. Click here for more information and how to join them.
Highlights from MyFriendly Cities in Birmingham
Check out this update and the latest newsletter, including inspirational personal stories from people seeking sanctuary and partnership work across Birmingham City of Sanctuary.
Southampton Library services recognised as a Library of Sanctuary for its welcoming initiatives and commitment to ensuring people seeking sanctuary and migrants feel welcome and safe when accessing their services across the city libraries.
The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme for their welcoming commitments to those who are seeking sanctuary. The first Childcare Scheme of Sanctuary in the UK.
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
Our series ofFacilitated Conversations,which bring together members of the network to share practice, challenges and find solutions on specific topics, continues. Click on the graphics below to register.
Community Integration Awards
Nominations are now open - If your group or project advances integration and brings together different parts of the community, you could win £1,000 and the chance to make a film. Find out more.
"Locked into Poverty -Life on Asylum Support"
Asylum Matters have just published their new report based on their recent survey which provided evidence to the Home Office for their review. See the reporthighlighting why we think the new 3p rise is an insult. And please highlight this important report, which found shocking levels of poverty. Information and resources here.
New Report on Health Charges
Doctors of the World has published a new report - "Delays & Destitution" on the NHS charging policy Click here to see a summary and find out what you can do.