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On Tuesday May 4th we held an Online Briefing Session about the government’s proposed “New Plan for Immigration”.  After a presentation by Emma Birks of Asylum Matters, we had a Question & Answer session to clarify understanding of the key proposals, and a discussion of future cooperation to promote the welfare of asylum seekers and refugees facing possible new legislation.  A Brief Summary is available HERE.  Details of a follow-up session will be available from [email protected].  Advocating on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees may include challenging those parts of the “New Plan” which may appear to be unworkable, illegal under international law, or contrary to established British values [Wolverhampton has been welcoming refugees since at least 1914].
If you missed the Online Briefing Session, there are Briefing Papers available at: OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT , “NATIONAL CITY of SANCTUARY” , “ASYLUM MATTERS” , “AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL” , “FREE MOVEMENT” , “FREEDOM FROM TORTURE” , and QUAKER .  Unfortunately, the government’s recent time-limited consultation on the “New Plan” could easily be interpreted as asking, not “How do you think that the asylum system could be made to work better?”, but rather, “What do you think would be the most effective ways of making it more difficult for refugees to apply for asylum?”.  Hence the comments in various briefing papers that some of the questions were just unanswerable.

Wednesday May 12th  During the CoronaVirus Emergency, we are holding weekly online “Zoom” meetings.  Please send us an email if you would like to receive an invitation from the host.  Participation is possible on Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, SmartPhone, or even a landline telephone (audio only).

Wednesday May 19th  During the CoronaVirus Emergency, we are holding weekly online “Zoom” meetings.  Please send us an email if you would like to receive an invitation from the host.  Participation is possible on Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, SmartPhone, or even a landline telephone (audio only).

Wednesday May 26th  During the CoronaVirus Emergency, we are holding weekly online “Zoom” meetings.  Please send us an email if you would like to receive an invitation from the host.  Participation is possible on Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, SmartPhone, or even a landline telephone (audio only).

Refugee Week LogoJune 14th to 20th, 2021 – Refugee Week 2021 – “We Cannot Walk Alone”  Taken from a quote by Martin Luther King, the theme invites us to extend a hand to those outside our current circle – to find out what we can learn from each other, and what we can build together.  The Event Organiser’s Pack is now available at http://refugeeweek.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Event-Organisers-Pack-Refugee-Week-2021.pdf .  More details at: https://refugeeweek.org.uk/theme-of-refugee-week-2021-we-cannot-walk-alone/ .

 

Restore LogoThursday evenings: June 17th and 24th, and July 1st, 2021.  Restore (Birmingham) set of three training sessions about refugee awareness and befriending.  “Free training online for anyone interested in discovering more about refugee issues”.  7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., online via Zoom.  Click HERE to book your place.  Enquiries to: Catherine, Restore’s Befriending Coordinator on [email protected] , or [email protected] .  Training is offered free of charge, but donations towards costs are welcome.  Click HERE for poster with further information.

We offer both English and Maths/Numeracy lessons, from 10 am to 12 noon before our Drop-In each Wednesday.   CLOSED – Please See our Home Page for latest news. St.Mary & St.John’s Church Hall, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AD.  The aims are to give learners a knowledge of basic English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and also to give learners the confidence to speak, write and read English.  And now Maths as well!  Just come along, or contact [email protected] .

Wednesdays  Weekly Drop-In Centre CLOSED – Please See our Home Page for latest news  at St.Mary & St.John’s Church Hall, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AD. (Just inside the Ring Road opposite the end of Birmingham Road).  Click HERE for map and HERE for Google Streetview photo.  From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  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.

Near Neighbours LogoEvery other Wednesday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. during the Drop-In.  FOOD CLUB  CLOSED – Please See our Home Page for latest news.  Bring & Share Food and Recipes: All kinds of food from all kinds of places.  Everyone welcome – Men, women, young, old, volunteers and visitors.  If you would like to cook one of your favourite dishes, please let Gill Kelly know at the Drop-In, and she will buy the ingredients.  Come and taste and talk.  Part-funded by Near Neighbours .

 

Restore LogoRestore (Birmingham) run training sessions about refugee issues and befriending. Enquiries to: Catherine, Restore’s Befriending Coordinator on [email protected] . Training is offered free of charge, but donations towards costs are welcome.

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