Volunteer in Swansea with a car needed for day trip to Hay on Wye Sun 13th December

See message below from Ceri Hayes with contact details in bold:

“Hello,

I’m one of a group of people organising a day trip for refugees and asylum-seekersfrom Swansea to Hay on Wye this Sunday 13th December. We have a number of volunteers from Swansea already helping with the organisation of this event, but we need one more person with a car to volunteer to drive a few of the refugees up to Hay for the day. 

I wonder if you would be kind enough to put out this request to your network? People can contact me on this e-mail address if they can help out.

Many thanks!

Ceri Hayes: cerihayes@gmail.com

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Swansea City of Sanctuary Event on Friday 9th October

Volunteering alongside asylum seekers and refugees in Swansea

Information Morning Friday 9th October

10.30 – 12.15

Swansea YMCA

1 Kingsway

SA1 5JQ

(Plus, Special workshop 12.15 – 2.00 for people interested in supporting or offering voluntary hosting)

A chance to find out what you can do in Swansea.

Come and meet organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees. Find out what they do and why!

Welcome!  Campaign! Support! Fund raise!  Befriend!  Drive! Shop!

Help with English! Organise! Sign post!  Host!

And much more…….

Drop in at any time 10.30 – 12. 15

Short talks 10.30 – 11. Then stalls, with information about volunteering and fund raising

12.15 – 2.00 Share Tawe Voluntary Hosting Workshop

Come and find more about offering a spare room in your house to destitute asylum seekers/refugees.

   

Free English Language Classes at ELTS Swansea University

This is information about the free English Language Classes offered at Swansea University via the Teacher Training programme. ELTS offers free English Language Classes to any non-native speaker of English in the local area at Pre-intermediate level or above. There does not need to be any connection to the University.

See here if you would like a free assessment before the course starts.

As part of ELTS’ on-going programme, we offer free English Language classes to all non-native speakers. The basic details for upcoming classes are below:

Tuesday 6th October to Friday 9th December 2015

Tuesday to Friday
13:00 p.m. – 15:00 p.m.

We will be running classes at two levels: pre-intermediate and upper-intermediate.

Free class information is available on the department’s section of the university website.

Please note the arrangements for registration for these classes – while we try to accommodate all who wish to attend, pre-registered students will have priority if numbers rise to our class limits.

Please encourage any non-native speaker of English who you feel could benefit from classes to attend, and distribute this information to any suitable person inside or outside the university. Please do encourage your contacts to come – there is no formality and they can just turn up. The classes are a good international mix of students, and they will be made very welcome.

Many thanks

Peter Neville
ELTS Swansea University
3rd Floor Margam Building
Swansea University
Swansea
SA2 8PP
Tel: 01792 295391 ex 4514
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/elts/
http://eltscelta.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/peter_neville

Warwick University to Offer Scholarships for Refugees

The text below is taken directly from Warwick University’s website – you can see the article here.

 

A letter from Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor and Professor Stuart Croft, Provost:

Warwick staff and students will have seen the recent joint letter outlining the University and Students’ Union’s joint commitment to act to help some of the many desperate people in the current refugee crisis.

We can now announce that Warwick will immediately offer 10 student scholarships for refugees seeking a place at university to study or research in this academic year (2015-16). We will continue to offer a further 10 student scholarships for refugees for the following academic year (2016-17), and we will then review the impact of these scholarships.

The scholarships will be a mix of postgraduate and undergraduate studentships, though in the first year the majority are likely to be postgraduate opportunities as recruitment will run beyond the imminent start of the new academic year.

We will provide more details as soon as they are available. As the scholarships are fully developed we will consult with Article 26 (a project of the Helena Kennedy foundation) to explore how they can help us promote these opportunities and assist in identifying applicants for those scholarships.

We know a great many staff and students have been asking how we as a University and they as individuals can help in this crisis. Anyone who wants to donate to this scholarship programme can make an online donation. If you have any questions about donating you can contact Sara Akkad at S.Akkad@warwick.ac.uk

Anyone wishing to register an interest in receiving more details on the scholarships as they develop should contact:

We strongly believe that we as a university community have an inherent responsibility to try to shape a more accepting society, and we must never neglect that responsibility. We will work unstintingly to support those who need a welcoming hand in this very difficult time, and we will update the Warwick staff and student community with further developments on this work.

Professor Sir Nigel Thrift
Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stuart Croft
Provost

Swansea Rally for Refugees Helps to Raise Valuable Money for Share Tawe Hosting Scheme

Hundreds of people turned up to the “Refugees are Welcome Here” rally in Castle Square, Swansea on Saturday 12th September. There were lots of home-made banners and a wonderful feeling in the crowd. Clearly people feel that we should be ready to respond to the desperate need of people seeking safety – both those in Europe and those in the refugee camps and there were lots of stirring speeches.

We were delighted to be offered the chance to collect money for destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Swansea. Marilyn Thomas from SBASSG spoke in particular about our work with Share Tawe, one of our partner groups.

Marilyn made an appeal for money and volunteers for the volunteer hosting scheme run by Share Tawe, and explained how many refused asylum seekers find themselves without money or a bed to sleep in – and are not allowed to work. Share Tawe helps people in this situation by matching people in need of a bed with people who have a spare room. We were overwhelmed by the support of the crowd and we collected more than £900! This will help Share Tawe to support hosts and guests with small amounts of money for food and bus fare. (This year we have provided 1080 bednights through Share TAWE, and each night costs £4 in voluntary donations. We think this is great value for keeping people off the streets).

Marilyn also warned people of the government’s current proposals for even making families with children destitute if they are refused. She asked people to join campaigns to stop this.

Share Tawe also has a useful information booklet available online to find out more.

Swansea Says ‘Refugees Are Welcome Here’

sbassg logo AT least 800 people turned out on Saturday in Castle Square, Swansea, to declare REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE.

There were similar rallies all across the UK, across Europe and around the world.

In Swansea, young and old, many with home-made banners, heard speeches calling on the UK government to do much, much more to take in refugees from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and all countries blighted by war and persecution. Speakers also called on the government to treat asylum-seekers in the UK with much, much more compassion.

Speakers from SBASSG called for better support, access to legal advice, and an end to the vicious policy of destitution. This policy leaves many people with nowhere to live and no income whatever, potentially for years on end. They often successfully claim refugee status in the end, but meanwhile are denied basic protection, basic dignity. The government even plans to extend this appalling policy from adults to children too.

This policy of making asylum-seekers suffer as much as possible, in order to put others off the idea of claiming asylum, is inhumane and does not even work. It makes many British people ashamed to be British.

Poet and activist Max Kpakio, who came to Swansea fleeing civil war in Liberia in 2002, spoke of the warm welcome he has received from people here, in his new home. He read a poem titled “I Feel Like Nobody Here”, about the way media and politicians demonise asylum-seekers like him. He now runs a charity promoting HIV awareness in Wales and Liberia.

The crowd responded generously to an appeal for money for charities supporting destitute asylum seekers: SBASSG, the Share Tawe project, EYST, and Unity in Diversity

Many people came forward with offers of help: to teach English, to befriend new arrivals, to take destitute people into their homes, to help out at drop-ins, to help raise funds, and much much more.

Unity in Diversity has a directory of services for asylum seekers. All these organisations need volunteers to help.

The appeal for donations raised just under £1000 on the spot – thank you, warm and generous people of Swansea!!

If you would like to help asylum seekers in the Swansea area, please register your interest with Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group here – we look to forward to hearing from you!