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July Edition

Welcome to our July newsletter!  What a fabulous Refugee Week that was! This newsletter brings you news stories,  actions you can take, resources and opportunities as usual. Two key things to note - our article on the Nationality and Borders Bill and  Save the date of our Annual Conference and AGM! 
 
Please share this newsletter with your supporters and networks.  See all the latest stories on our website. 
News from around the Network
 

Congratulations!

 Nearly 20 organisations were awarded with a Sanctuary Award during Refugee Week! Congratulations to everyone!
HEALTH:  Hull CCG - the first Clinical Commissioning Group of Sanctuary!
UNIVERSITIES: Sheffield Hallam University.
LIBRARIES:   
Newcastle Libraries, Bolton Library, Oldham Heritage, Libraries and Arts  and in Greater Manchester: Longsight Library and Learning Centre, Manchester Central Library, Abraham Moss Library and North City Library.
SCHOOLS:
Southampton (Bitterne Manor Primary, Oasis Academy Sholing & Oasis Academy Lord's Hill). St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Lewisham.  Lilycroft Primary, St Josephs, Bradford Academy, St Cuthbert’s and the First Martyrs in Bradford. Abbey RC Primary and Fircroft College in Birmingham.
GARDENS: Mires Beck Nursery was awarded Garden of Sanctuary. 

 
 Please tell us about your awards work. 
Schools of Sanctuary Successes 

There are hundreds of Schools of Sanctuary making a difference inside their schools and in their local communities. Two highlights this month:
Good Luck Forward 

We wish CoS UK staff member Forward Maisokwadzo  the best of luck as he leaves us to work full-time for Bristol City Council as Inclusion Adviser to the City Mayor. Forward joined CoS as volunteer in 2008, was a trustee and a coordinator and became CoS  Communications  Officer in 2015. We will continue to collaborate with him through the CoS UK Local Authority Network.  
Flintshire Videos for Refugee Week 

Wonderful things happened in Refugee Week in cities and towns of Sanctuary across the UK. One group -  Flintshire City of Sanctuary premiered a series of videos explaining some of the issues around refugees.  One video for each day of Refugee Week.  Videos include The Crisis, the joy of Syrian food culture and The Walk. 
Colleges of Sanctuary 

After consultation with the CoS network and FE Colleges, we will introduce a fee for College of Sanctuary Awards, from September. Read why here
For more news from around the network, please visit our website

Campaigns and Actions
 
#TogetherWithRefugees & The Nationality & Borders Bill 
 
We are working with our partners and the new #TogetherWithRefugees coalition campaign which calls for a kinder approach to supporting people seeking sanctuary that is effective, fair and humane.  See our article on how we plan to respond to the Nationality & Borders Bill. 
            #SupportDontDeport pledge
 
Homeless Link is calling local authorities and homelessness charities to pledge to “support not deport” people sleeping rough. This article from Homeless Link explains more about the issue and campaign.
            Refugee Council Letter re Family Reunion 

Current UK law allows adult refugees rebuilding their lives in the country to sponsor their immediate family members to join them. Child refugees, however, are completely deprived this right. Sign the Refugee Council letter to the Prime Minister calling for the right of refugees to be #FamiliesTogether 
Freedom from Torture Petition 

Say no to the new plans and tell Priti Patel that Refugees are welcome in the UK. 
Events, Resources and Opportunities
              CoS UK Conference     

Save the Date for our Annual Conference and AGM to be held online and in person, at the Kala Sangam Arts centre in Bradford on September 22nd.  Look out for the email on Network Membership

We are planning further online Facilitated Conversations from September after a successful year of more than 30 online events on topics relevant to our networks.  Most of these events have notes, slides and video recordings available and you can find these on our events page under Past Events which make up a useful resource. Please tell us which topics you wish to explore in upcoming Facilitated Conversations or training events.  
TimePeace  
        
TimePeace is a brilliant platform to connect people together online - providing opportunities for friendship and belonging. Find out more and get signposting volunteers and people seeking sanctuary to get involved. It perfectly meets our key principle of creating opportunities for friendship and relationships of solidarity.
 
 LA Training Resource 

Notes, slides and video recording of the CoS UK Local Authority Network Thematic meeting on "The Alternative Vision for Asylum, Resettlement,  Dispersal and Welcome" available here.
 
 Schools Training Resource 

The CoS UK  webinar  "What is a School of Sanctuary?" provided an overview of the Schools of Sanctuary Stream, and showcased best practice examples of  welcome and solidarity with refugees in school settings. See full report here including slides and link to the recording. 
 
              Living in Limbo        

 A new report from the Refugee Council -  ‘Living in Limbo: A decade of delays in the UK asylum system’ based on Freedom of Information data reveals the shocking growth in the backlog of people awaiting an initial decision and the hugely damaging impact this has on individuals and families who are living in a state of prolonged uncertainty and anxiety.  Summary here. A useful resource to point out to your MP - this is the real problem not being addressed by the new bill. 
 
              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. 
 
Global Kitchen  
A wonderful story of collaboration, community and  inspiration from volunteer chefs in Leicester with lived experience of seeking sanctuary resulted in a recipe book launched during Refugee Week. Check out the story and where to buy your copy here.   
 Opportunities for Digitally Literate Refugees  
 
PAZ is a talent accelerator program whose goal is to bridge the gap between the technology market and refugee professionals, so that they can resume their professional careers as soon as possible and regain control of their lives. Their mission is to offer personalised training aimed at empowering and adapting the experiences and knowledge of each of the participants to the needs of the market. Check out their flyer. NB: participants are expected to pay back a nominal sum on acceptance of a secure paid position, refer to provider for other details. 
Job Opportunities
*City of Sanctuary UK has a page of useful links to support refugees seeking employment.
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