Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary has successfully secured £1,000 from the Guardian’s Christmas Charity Appeal. We are over the moon to receive such a large pot of money which will enable us to continue our ever-growing work supporting asylum seekers and refugees in the district. For more information, please see City of Sanctuary & Guardian/Observer Charity Appeal.
We are overjoyed to have been shortlisted in the Community Integration Awards for the category of Grassroots Champion!
The National Awards received a large number of nominations and so to make it to the final eight is a wonderful feeling and testament to the unbelievably hard-working and committed volunteers we have.
We’ll keep you updated.
Many people have asked how you support an unaccompanied child.
If you would like to do so, Home for Good will help you on that long but wonderful journey.
Thank you Lancaster People’s Café
Lancaster People’s Café raised £127,33 for City of Sanctuary at Halton Mill on March 19th.
They held a café and a clothes swap.
Find out more about the People’s Café.
The Welcome Meal we hosted on Saturday 23rd January at the Friend’s Meeting House was a huge success with around 150 people attending to show their support.
It was a wonderful evening of food, music and most importantly, getting to know each other. We were all overwhelmed by the amount of support and interest you all showed.
Here is a link to an article about our event in the Visitor: http://m.thevisitor.co.uk/news/local/asylum-seekers-welcomed-to-lancaster-1-7697198
Thank you to everyone who came and showed their support!
A huge thank you to the organisations and individuals who have contributed financially to Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary, their donations will help towards providing Welcome Packs to new arrivals.
Thank you to:
Lancaster and Morecambe Family and Social Welfare Trust
English Department, Lancaster University
If you would like to make a donation to Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary please get in touch via email: [email protected]
ESCAPE TO SAFETY EXHIBITION IN LANCASTER AS PART OF CITY OF SANCTUARY
Multimedia refugee exhibition and Journey of Discovery Where: Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane (next to the train station), Lancaster When: Saturday 23rd January 9.30 – 4.30pm
Come be a refugee for 13 minutes. Don headphones and accompany 3 refugees on their journey through a labyrinth of rooms, which represent different stages on the journey to safety. Escape your country. Cross a border. Try to get to the UK where they believe in human rights. Apply for asylum. Get detained. Get deported. Get refugee status…. Welcome to Britain. Global Link is re-launching its first incarnation of Escape to Safety, built in 1999. Funding for our Escape to Safety exhibition built into a trailer ceased in 2012. In response to the current refugee crisis, we are renovating our original exhibition, an indoor construction of 16’ x 20’.
‘It was brilliant – I especially liked the soundtrack – it was much better and helpful than only writing. The soundtrack brought it all to life.’ ‘
It was extremely realistic and gave me a good idea about the life of a refugee.’
‘Everyone should see this.’
Please come along to the Quakers Meeting House on January 23rd 2016 at 5.30pm to meet and welcome new arrivals in to our district.
This is a free event but please do bring vegetarian food to share. The idea is a relaxed and informal celebration with music.
For more information on this event, please see our facebook page.
7pm, Quakers Meeting House, Lancaster.
As many of you know, we had to react quickly to our first arrivals who came to Lancaster – much sooner than anticipated – and we are anticipating more soon!
This meeting is a chance to take stock, for those who are currently coordinating activities, and for those who are interested in becoming more involved, to meet and agree the core principles of City of Sanctuary.
This is an open meeting and we would encourage anyone with an interest to come and have a say as to what they think City of Sanctuary should be
We hosted our first drop-in sessions at the Marsh Community Centre this week which were very successful.
Some of our new refugees were offered brews whilst they played table tennis, table football and PlayStation. They even arrived on a newly donated bike!
It was a great chance for them to socialise with each other and local volunteers and welcome them to their new community.
If you’d like to get involved we will be running these drop-ins every Wednesday from 10-11 at the Marsh Community Centre.
Yesterday we met some of the new arrivals for the first time and were able to officially welcome them to our city after the weather had welcomed them with a weekend of floods and power cuts during storm Desmond. We provided donations of warm clothes, food, pots and pans, toiletries, maps and plenty of candles!
It was an incredibly heart-warming experience and hopefully the start of a welcoming and supportive journey for them in Lancaster.
Today a group of us took our new arrivals round town, showing them, the market, Mosque, pound shops, Ali’s shop on Blade Street, African shop and post office. We signed them up at the library, and had tea, coffee and biscuits at the Friend’s Meeting House.
We also had a fantastic meeting with East Meets West who have kindly volunteered to provide various much-needed support for new families. The amount of good-will in this city seems limitless!
The below organisations have already supported us to get to this point:
- Marsh Community Centre
- Global Link
- Churches Together
- Citizen’s Advice
- 38 degrees
We will be contacting more local organisations to try and get their support and ask them to become members of our City of Sanctuary.