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University scholarships for people who have claimed asylum in the UK

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University scholarships for people who have claimed asylum in the UK

More than 60 universities now offer Equal Access university scholarships, bursaries or fee waivers to people who have claimed asylum in the UK. Student Action for Refugees (STAR) maintain a list of participating institutions. A new scheme developed in partnership with Reading Refugee Support Group and Reading University Students’ Union will provide up to 14…

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. Libraries across Northern Ireland along with other venues are hosting events during Refugee Week. Monday 18 June The Belfast Falls Road Library is the venue for Music Building Bridges between 4pm and 5pm. Tuesday 19. Belfast’s Whiterock Library will host a storytime and…

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. The Welsh Refugee Council’s focus this year is celebrating sanctuary: the people who find sanctuary in Wales, as well as the people and organisations who work to make newcomers feel welcome and to defend and uphold their human rights. The Council’s art programme…

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

The Peace Between is a short film that features three friendships between a European and an asylum seeker or refugee. It’s a film about people and friendship rather than politics and it has been supported by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) “It’s portrays a metaphorical road trip through the lives of six characters in three…

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Community Sponsorship Guide

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Community Sponsorship Guide

A step-by-step guide to preparing your community group to welcome a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide breaks down the UK Home Office process into small steps and explains how the many criteria can be met. The authors of the Community…

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Supporting English Language Learning

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Supporting English Language Learning

Churches Together in the Merseyside Region have produced another guide in their Welcoming the Stranger series. Supporting English Language Learning is aimed at faith and community groups who want to support English language learning among migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees in their local area. It points to ESOL resources (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and highlights…

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What is a Sanctuary Meeting? Quakers in Britain’s Tatiana Garavito explains …

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What is a Sanctuary Meeting? Quakers in Britain’s Tatiana Garavito explains …

At the recent CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network conference, Tatiana Garavito introduced the Quaker programme of Sanctuary Meetings. A racial justice activist and organiser, Tatiana was just three weeks into her new role as Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager with Quakers in Britain. “There are many, many reasons why people migrate and seek asylum in this country and…

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CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network meets

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CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network meets

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met again this afternoon in London. Individuals involved in supporting and improving the asylum process as well as representatives from a wide range of (mostly) faith-based NGOs working in the refugee sector. Attendees heard an update from Refugee Action‘s CEO Stephen Hale about the organisation’s plan for a three year campaign…

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Churches’ Refugee Network day conference – Monday 5 February 2018

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Churches’ Refugee Network day conference – Monday 5 February 2018

Sanctuary will be one focus of the day conference on Monday 5 February 2018 being organised through CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network. The morning schedule will include time to support and refresh those working with refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants before Inderjit Bhogal introduces the concept of Churches of Sanctuary and Sanctuary Meetings as well as…

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“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

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“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

Some years ago Joby Fox lost his own young daughter to cancer. The media images of the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean deeply moved him. “Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple.” The Northern Ireland singer/songwriter flew to the Greek island of Lesbos in the winter of 2015. Leaving his wife and…

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