Offering Sanctuary to Refugees: Insights from the UK
From 19 June 2017, reprinted via The European Student Think Tank
Louth Town Council Funds Befriending
In October 2016, East Lindsey Area of Sanctuary (now Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary) received £1,000 from the Guardian newspaper’s…
Language Retreat Coming Soon!
We are so pleased to be a part of the Guardian newspaper’s second round winning cohort of grant applicants! The funds are enabling those who have pledged befriending and English lessons/conversations to fulfil those pledges in a spirit of welcome and hospitality. This project clearly adheres to the City of Sanctuary’s principles of creating opportunities for friendship and solidarity between locals and the guests to our area, as well as opportunities for partnerships. In bringing the two groups together, face…
Ben & Jerry’s Fundraiser with 8 Borders, 8 Days
Last Friday night, 25 people turned out at Trinity Centre in Louth to enjoy tea, coffee, and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, raising £200 in aid of Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary’s Sanctuary Breaks scheme, which places asylum seekers and refugees from Leeds and Leicester with hosts for short weekend or week-long breaks. The event was part of the International Rescue Committee’s campaign to provide safe passage for refugees fleeing Syria into Europe. A screening of “8 Borders, 8…
GLAoS Receives Bishop of Lincoln Social Fund Grant
The Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary (GLAoS) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a Bishop of Lincoln Social Justice Fund grant. This money has enabled us to fund a part-time Sanctuary Breaks Coordinator post for one year. The newly appointed coordinator, Heather Luna, is tasked with expanding the scheme, which matches asylum seekers and refugees living outside the Lincolnshire area with host families within the area. Guests enjoy short breaks to practice their English, experience the…
Introducing the Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary
East Lindsey Area of Sanctuary began in March 2017 as part of a campaign to lobby Lincolnshire County Council to ask the Home Office for its fair share of Syrian refugees (200) under the UK Resettlement Scheme. Their work quickly expanded to included Sanctuary Breaks, whereby local residents invite asylum seekers and refugees from Leeds and Leicester into their homes for short breaks. Guests enjoy the seaside, countryside walks, and exploring the award-winning market towns. They also get the chance…
Film: 8 Borders, 8 Days… and Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!
We are pleased to be showing 8 Borders, 8 Days, a film about the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out for a single Syrian mother. 8 Borders, 8 Days is her story; the intimate details of why a fiercely-determined mother is willing to risk her children’s lives for…
Offering Hospitality to Strangers
A Open Letter to a Woman Who Offered Hospitality to Young Men from Eritrea and Sudan Who Suddenly Appeared in Her Lincolnshire Village
Over 200 Ask Lincolnshire County Council for 200
A vigil was held in Louth at St James’ Church on Saturday 12 March 2016. Over one hundred people turned out to hold up hearts with the names of over 200 people in Lincolnshire who are ready to welcome refugees. Ninety-eight specific pledges to teach English, befriend, offer days out, cook meals, offer baby massage, and dozens of other activities were collected. The event was organised by the newly formed East Lindsey Area of Sanctuary with the support of the…
Vigil: 200 for 200
We need to put pressure on the councils to accept their fair share of refugees in this growing humanitarian crisis.