Link to Facebook page Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary also on Facebook.

 

To view this website in Arabic or other languages, click here >> GOOGLE TRANSLATE.

RECENT NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Link to February National Newsletter

Click the Picture for the February National Newsletter

Wolverhampton to take 100 Syrian refugees over five years, paid for by Government grants.
CLICK HERE for the Express & Star article (Jan 18th, E&S website with comments),
or HERE for the Wolverhampton Chronicle (Jan 19th, PDF).

 

Link to RMC Centre websiteWe congratulate our local Refugee and Migrant Centre on being named as Charity of the Year by the Guardian newspaper.  CLICK HERE to read the Press Release.  CLICK HERE for the video.
30 new arrivals a week, and 60 or 70 existing clients every day.
CLICK HERE for some of the ways you can help the Wolverhampton-based Refugee and Migrant Centre of the Black Country.

 

Photo of representatives pledging to support Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary

 

On the evening of Thursday 22nd September 2016, organisations and individuals came together in the Council Chamber of Wolverhampton Civic Centre to pledge their support to make Wolverhampton a City of Sanctuary.  CLICK HERE to read more.  For a copy of the Pledge Form, click PDF-version or MicrosoftWord-version .

Wolverhampton Councillors have now passed a resolution supporting Wolverhampton as a City of Sanctuary – CLICK HERE for Express & Star article.

 

Recent News on Unaccompanied Children from the BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37862039

“A national shortage of foster carers means councils are struggling to care for the children”,
says the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.
Click Here
for information about fostering a child in Wolverhampton.
Click Here for information about the YMCA ‘Host Family’ scheme.

Useful BBC summary of facts about Unaccompanied Childrenhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36714617

 

Link to January National Newsletter

Click the Picture for the January National Newsletter


WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO:

Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary seeks to help and support asylum seekers and refugees in and around Wolverhampton, and encouraged Wolverhampton City Council to make a public commitment to Wolverhampton becoming a place of welcome and safety by adopting the title of ‘City of Sanctuary’.
To encourage and support local communities, businesses, and statutory, voluntary, community and faith organisations in welcoming and assisting asylum-seekers and refugees.
To publicise and celebrate the contribution of asylum-seekers and refugees to their local communities and to UK society and culture, and to challenge hostility and discrimination against them.
Membership of W’ton CofS includes current and former asylum seekers, agencies working with asylum seekers and refugees, representatives of local community and faith organisations, and individuals supporting our aims.

CURRENT WOLVERHAMPTON PROJECTS include:
Photo of Broad Street ChurchThe Drop-In Centre at Broad Street Church, weekly for two hours a week, is now well-established (six months so far), with a good attendance.  We welcome volunteers who can help our guests to practice and improve their English.  Among other things, we aim to provide a safe, welcoming place where asylum seekers and refugees can relax by socialising, playing games and informally mixing with people from their own and other cultures.  We can also provide information about where to obtain English lessons, or warm clothing (including children’s) or even furniture (for those with none).  CLICK HERE for leaflet/poster.

The Working Group are making progress with the “Welcome Booklet” for refugees and asylum seekers, which will include details of local English language classes, and activities for those not allowed to work, amongst much else.  The content will be in English, Arabic, French, and possibly other languages.  If you would like your group, organisation or church to be in the Welcome Booklet, please Right-Click Here and “save target as / link as” to download a form to fill in and email to the Working Group (requires Microsoft Word).

DONATIONS – We continue to raise money for our Exceptional Needs Fund for destitute Asylum Seekers.  To donate to this or the Drop-In or to our other costs, Click Here .

VOLUNTEERS – We need more members who can take on other proposed projects, such as involving local businesses or schools, or organising a day out into the countryside for families and individuals.  Click Here to read more about our need for volunteers.

If you or your organisation would like to sign our Resolution of Support, please Right-Click Here and “save target as / link as” to download a form to print.

 


Link to PDF documentGetting English Language Lessons makes a big difference to asylum seekers and refugees, but isn’t easy when you have no money to spare. Your website manager (who accepts responsibility for any inaccuracies) has attempted to list the conditions for some people to get free College Courses, and the places where free or low cost English Lessons may be available to others.  CLICK HERE to see version 7.

Let Refugees Learn photo link Refugees and asylum seekers who have fled to the UK want to rebuild their lives in peace. But, although they have reached safety, many of them can’t begin their new lives – working, studying, contributing to their community – because they can’t speak the language.
There are a few simple changes that the government could make that would give refugees and asylum seekers the access to English language teaching they want and need.  CLICK HERE for details.


 

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Low-cost refugee-friendly Parent & Toddler activity mornings for families in Whitmore Reans and Farndale (north-west Wolverhampton) – “Little Explorers”, every Monday.  http://www.wildsideac.co.uk/march-2016?id=281  Phone: 01902-572240.  Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

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Refugee-friendly parent & child “Stay & Play”, every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, at the junction of Dunstall Road and Staveley Road, in the Whitmore Reans area.  Postcode: WV6 0NJ.  Bus Route 5.  Up to about age 3.

 

 

Local Government Association LogoThe Local Government Association – Refugees and unaccompanied children: ” THIS PAGE  is a one-stop resource; We will continue to update these resources as more information comes through – keep checking this page to stay up to date”.

 

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says: “Please find HERE relevant information relating to the Syrian Refugee Resettlement.  We will keep the page updated as more information comes to hand”.

 

Government Webpage – Syrian refugees: what you can do to help.

 

Photo of Book CoverPhoto of Book CoverWolverhampton Libraries have many true stories of life as a refugee, as well as Studies of the issues.  Click HERE to see them in the online catalogue.

Picture of Book CoverFor Children’s Fiction and Adult Fiction featuring life as a refugee, click HERE.

More Books on our Resources webpage.