Hundreds Welcome Refugees in Leeds

#refugeeswelcome – the Public Meeting at West Yorkshire Playhouse, 15th September 2015 On Tuesday night, a couple of hundred citizens of Leeds pitched up to the West Yorkshire Playhouse to find out how they could respond to the Refugee Crisis unfolding in Europe.The event was organised by Leeds City of Sanctuary, with help fromTogether for Peace, Migration Yorkshire and  Leeds …

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Over 1,000 people in Leeds say YES to Syrian resettlement

1,132 people have called on Leeds City Council to put itself forward as a place to resettle Syrian refugees. The humanitarian crisis in Syria is one of the most tragic and devastating in recent world history. We welcome the support the UK has already provided in humanitarian aid and the recent Government announcement that the UK plans offer temporary resettlement …

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Stop the Deportation of Bernard Mboueyeu

Information and text c/o the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns: Bernard Mboueyeu is a national of Cameroon and a resident of Sheffield where he lives with his family. He is currently in immigration detention and due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Kenya Airways flight KQ101 from Heathrow at 20:00 hrs today Monday 21st May. Please help us fight …

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Sanctuary Weekend on BBC Radio Leeds

The wonderful Abbe Smith from Leeds City of Sanctuary and Said from Leeds Refugee Forum have been interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds’ breakfast programme hosted by Johnny I’Anson! Brilliantly dispelling asylum myths, promoting Leeds as a City of Sanctuary and generally raising awareness, Abbe and Said did Leeds proud. The interview is from Sunday 29th April and starts at 1:10:00 …

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Still Destitution… STAR and Amnesty Sleep-out

 Braving the blustering Leeds winds, members of Leeds’ STAR and Amnesty groups still slept outside Leeds University Union last night, demanding greater rights for refugees, asylum seekers and those seeking sanctuary in the UK. Challenging the government to acknowledge the realities of destitution across the country, students and activists came armed with sleeping bags, fleeces and parkas, setting up camp …

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Anne Burghgraef of SOLACE thrilled by the launch of Leeds City of Sanctuary

On 11 November Leeds held its City of Sanctuary launch event, to celebrate the official beginning of a project which aims to make Leeds a more welcoming and enjoyable place to live for refugees and asylum seekers. One of the 300 people attending the event was Anne Burghgraef, Clinical Manager at Solace, a charity that provides free counselling, psychotherapy and …

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Interview with Fabian Hamilton MP at City of Sanctuary Leeds Launch

Interview with Fabian Hamilton MP at City of Sanctuary Leeds Launch STAR: What made you return from London to this particular event and why is it important for you? FH: Firstly because Tiffy Allen who is a fantastic woman and does so much, came to see me a number of times about City of Sanctuary; secondly because this is a …

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Interview with Jemma Russell on City of Sanctuary

Interview with Jemma Russell on City of Sanctuary What is City of Sanctuary?City of Sanctuary started in Sheffield in 2005 by a group that wanted a city-wide movement to welcome refugees and combat negativity towards refugees and asylum seekers. Since then it has spread to other cities and now cities can gain City of Sanctuary status. Leeds is launching its …

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City of Sanctuary Interview with Christina Macdonald, Property Manager from Ethical Property Company

City of Sanctuary Interview with Christina Macdonald, Property Manager from Ethical Property Company.LASSN: Could you give us some background as to what Ethical Property Company does?CM: We provide office accommodation to organisations that are contributing to positive social change. That remit is quite broad, but it includes the voluntary sector, charities, campaign groups and some social enterprises. We have 15 …

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