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Building a culture of welcome city by city. LOCAL GROUPS DECEMBER 2013. Swansea Cardiff Bristol Gloucester Exeter Oxford Hackney Luton Bedford Ipswich Wolverhampton Birmingham Coventry Leicester Nottingham Lincoln Manchester Liverpool. Sheffield Huddersfield Bradford Leeds

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Local groups december 2013
LOCAL GROUPS DECEMBER 2013

Swansea

Cardiff

Bristol

Gloucester

Exeter

Oxford

Hackney

Luton

Bedford

Ipswich

Wolverhampton

Birmingham

Coventry

Leicester

Nottingham

Lincoln

Manchester

Liverpool

  • Sheffield

  • Huddersfield

  • Bradford

  • Leeds

  • Wakefield

  • Hull

  • Halifax

  • York

  • Newcastle

  • Glasgow

  • Edinburgh

  • Belfast

  • Derry

  • Coleraine

  • Dublin

  • Doncaster

  • Tees Valley

  • Derby


6 th century irish hymn
6th Century Irish Hymn

I saw a stranger yestereen

I put food in the eating place

Drink in the drinking place

Music in the listening place

And in the sacred name of the Triune

He blessed myself and my house

My cattle and my dear ones

And the lark said in her song

Often, often, often

Goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise


“Why should we love the stranger? Because God loves the stranger – and remember, you were strangers in Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:19


“Do good - to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

Quran 4:36


“I was a stranger and you welcomed me… neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

Truly I tell you, just as you did this to the least of my brothers, …

you did it to me”

Matthew 25: 35,40


The core principles
THE CORE PRINCIPLES neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

Mainstream, grassroots movement – all sectors involved

Building bridges between ‘local people’ and refugees

Strengthening and broadening the support base for asylum seekers and refugees

Helping create a culture of hospitality and welcome

Celebrating the contribution of refugees to society

Creating and enhancing networks between key players


Asylum process around 12 months

Arrival in UK – port of entry neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

Statement of Evidence form (SEF)

BIA(NASS) Housing and Support (Reception centre, dispersal)

(HO) asylum Interview

Refused Accepted

(28 days to leave NASS Support)

Appeal in Court Time Limited (3yrs)

(ELR, HLR, ELE, DLR)

Refused

Tribunal Section 4 / case resolution

(Judicial Review)

(Refused - Destitute, Detained & Deported or voluntary return)

Asylum Process- Around 12 Months


Who will be involved
WHO WILL BE INVOLVED? neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

  • Education – schools, colleges, universities…

  • Sport – big clubs, little clubs, football, rugby…

  • Health – hospitals, health centres, community…

  • Faith- churches, mosques, temples, small groups...

  • Business…

  • Voluntary – charity shops, social groups, clubs…

  • Services – police, fire service, libraries, council…

  • Politicians, celebrities, youth, elderly…


Resolution of support
Resolution of Support neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

xxxx (organisation or individual) recognises the contribution of asylum-seekers andrefugees to the City of xxxx, and is committed to welcoming andincluding them in our activities. We support xxxx becoming a ‘City of Sanctuary’ for all newcomers, especially those seeking safety.


What is needed
WHAT IS NEEDED ? neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

  • Welcome, inclusion and befriending for new arrivals

  • Sensitivity to the times of greatest need

  • Response to destitution and detention

  • Healing of the trauma of forced migration

  • Understanding and myth-busting across society

  • Recognition of the contribution refugees make to society


The changing situation
THE CHANGING SITUATION neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

  • Cuts/ Home Office Contracts

  • New arrivals

  • Legal aid

  • ESOL classes

  • ‘New Asylum Model’

  • Under-funded charities

  • Increased barriers to family reunion

  • Fresh ideas about working together


What can a faith group do
WHAT CAN A FAITH GROUP DO? neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

  • Welcome without discrimination

  • Open eyes to see their ‘neighbour’

  • Teach sanctuary principles

  • Awareness raising on asylum issues

  • Share resources (people, space, finance)

  • Use existing structures (small groups, festivals) to practice hospitality and inclusiveness

  • Lobby on issues of justice and human rights

  • Practical examples of welcoming

  • Encourage members to volunteer and get involved

  • Apply for a Sanctuary Award


What is going on in our city
WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR CITY? neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

  • Do an inventory of the work going on

  • These are your first partnerships

  • City of Sanctuary will support and promote these organisations and projects, NOT get into competition with them or give them extra work

  • City of Sanctuary can help networking and partnerships across the city

  • City of Sanctuary always gets the message out beyond the ‘usual suspects’


Faiths in sanctuary awards three core principles
Faiths in Sanctuary Awards neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“Three Core Principles

  • Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary;

  • Embed- take positive action to make welcome and inclusion part of the values of your church/faith group, to support sanctuary seekers and refugees, and to include them in your activities.

  • Share your vision and achievements;


Over to you
OVER TO YOU neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer.“

So – what are you going to do next?


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