Refugee Week Dinner: Friday 30 June 2017 6.30pm

 Celebrate Refugee Week with us

Friday 30 June 2017 6.30pm

City United Reformed Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff

2 Course Dinner and a Movie   – £12.50

Bring your Own Wine

Kenyan Inspired Menu with food cooked with help from local Cardiff refugees.

The movie “Warehoused” gives an intimate look at the plight long-term refugees face worldwide, by exploring life in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. We see the camp’s inner workings through one man’s journey to do everything in his power to provide for his family.

 

Tickets and info here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asylum-justice-dinner-and-movie-tickets-35105447338

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The closest local train station is Queen Street Station and is 5 minute walk away. Limited car parking is available behind the church. Lots of pay and display car parking is available in the surrounding streets, and in nearby parking garages.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring your own wine, and pay a 50p cost per glass

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email questions to a.mcqueen@asylumjustice.org.uk

Twitter: @asylumjustice

Asylum Justice is a registered charity (Reg No 1112026) regulated by the

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (Reg No N200800025)

 

JOB ADVERTISEMENT– Volunteer Development Worker, Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group

Please see details below and a link to an application form:

  • 21 hours a week
  • 2 year post, funded by Tudor Trust
  • Based in Swansea
  • Salary £21,000 per annum Pro Rata. Statutory pension contributions

About Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group

We are a volunteer-led registered charity, run and managed by our members, who include asylum seekers, refugees and other local people. We give a warm welcome to people seeking sanctuary in Swansea through our twice-weekly drop-ins, and offer practical support and educational and recreational opportunities.

We are seeking someone to help us

  • Build our capacity and sustainability by encouraging existing and new members to contribute to the organisation in different ways – be it through practical tasks or governance
  • Improve our existing services by mobilising additional voluntary help
  • Help us identify and prioritise opportunities for new volunteer-led work

The successful candidate will:

  • Understand the challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees
  • Communicate effectively face to face and in writing
  • Encourage and support people in a wide range of voluntary roles
  • Work with us to develop new projects and put them into action
  • Work on your own initiative within guidance offered by the line manager and management committee
  • Be available for frequent work on Friday evenings (5.30-7.30) and for 2.5 hours each Saturday.

Ideally you will have experience of working alongside asylum seekers and refugees – or first-hand experience of seeking asylum. However we are interested in all applicants who have the commitment, skills and attitudes needed for work.

Closing date for applications: Monday 3rd July 2017 9.00am

Interview date: 18th or 19th July 2017

For full details and an application form click here.

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!

Directory of Service and Links for Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support Network Swansea, compiled by Wayne Yare.

Directory of Service and Links for Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support Network Swansea. Compiled by Wayne Yare of Unity in Diversity, Swansea.

See pages 19-20 for SBASSG

Migrant Help: Giving Advice to Asylum Seekers in Swansea

“Migrant Help” will be in Swansea to give advice to asylum seekers:

Days: Tuesday 5th May, Tuesday 19th May, Tuesday 2nd June, Tuesday 16th June and so on every fortnight thereafter.

Time: 10:00 to 14:00

Place: Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST), 11 Saint Helen’s Road, Swansea, SA1 4AB