September Edition

Welcome to our September 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!
We have booked Monday November 4 from 12 to 4 in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House for Sanctuary in Parliament 2019.  The main theme is destitution and the right to work.  This could change due to unfolding events.  More information in the October newsletter.   

If an early General Election is called, we encourage supporters to raise questions about destitution, asylum accommodation, permission to work, indefinite detention, etc. with prospective parliamentary candidates. 

Learning about growing food in Leicester

Members of Leicester City of Sanctuary recently enjoyed an afternoon at an allotment run by an asylum seeker from Zimbabwe. Vegan and gardener, Joel has supplied fresh organic fruit and vegetables for people seeking sanctuary for several years.  Read more about this inspirational story here.
New City of Sanctuary Groups
Welcome to St Albans and Croydon, the most recent groups to join the growing City of Sanctuary network. We are more than 100 strong! 
 Margaret Fingerhut Tour
We are grateful to Margaret Fingerhut,  internationally acclaimed pianist for her inspirational  awareness raising piano series tour 'Far From the Home I Love', which has raised over £50, 000 for local City of Sanctuary groups. Don't miss your chance to see and hear her virtuosa performances. 

All details of future tours and information on how to book tickets can be found here.
For more news from around the network, please visit our website

Campaigns and Actions
Throughout September, 28 LGBTQI+ celebrities and influencers will be lending their voices to silenced LGBTQI+ people in UK detention centres. Support the campaign on your social media channels. More details here

Please visit the Asylum Matters website for more campaigns to follow and support.
Events, Resources and Opportunities
Regional Gatherings 2019
Join Exiled Writers Ink Mentoring Scheme
Exiled Writers Ink has an opportunity for writers who have been forced to live in exile and for people who find it hard to get their work recognised and published in the UK. Click here for further information

Latest Asylum Statistics
Click here for the latest asylum and refugee quarterly data release from Office for National Statistics, for the period April to June 2019 is now available.
Home Office Welcome Guide for New Refugees
The Home Office has published a guide for adults who have been granted asylum in England to access public services and make the most of the opportunities in the UK. Find out more about it here
Doctors of the World Report: Registration Refused
Doctors of the World have updated their research assessing the accessibility of NHS GP registration for people in vulnerable circumstances. Previous reports have indicated that despite patient entitlements, wrongful refusal by GP practices is worryingly commonplace and deters vulnerable migrants form seeking timely healthcare. Read more about it here.
Job Opportunities
  • STAR are recruiting a Office Administrator and Volunteering Project Coordinator .The closing date is 9am, Friday 20th September. For more information, please see here
  • New Europeans is recruiting a part time Engagement Officer. The deadline  is Friday 13th September. The details can be found here
  • Help Refugees are recruiting a Campaigns & Communications Director and a Fundraising & Marketing Manager . The deadline is 9am, Monday 23rd September. Details can be found here
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