Though the UK has welcomed people trying to escape war, poverty and torture for decades, seeking asylum there can be a long and painful process that often leads to detention. The authorities say they are addressing the issue but are they doing enough to help people start a new life?
A powerful dramatisation of the UK asylum interview process. All the stories shown are based on real asylum interviews.
How does asylum in the UK work?
Britain’s asylum system is a mixture of government bureaucracy and private provision of housing.
A note from Emily, who is going to do a sponsored swim on 3rd August 2017 to raise money for Unity in Diversity (UiD) and SBASSG.
See below for details:
“In two weeks time, I’m going to take on my biggest swim challenge yet: 22 miles around the Pembrokeshire coast. From Amroth to Freshwater East, finishing back at Swanlake Bay.
I’m raising money for 2 fantastic organizations: Unity in Diversity (UiD) and Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group (SBASSG), that provide friendship, support, advice and services to people who have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the UK.
I’m swimming in loving memory of two friends who were instrumental in motivating me to swim but tragically died last September. Rache Dougherty, my closest childhood friend, and Russ Ward who coached me first to do the Solent and then the Channel relay.
This swim is a big deal for me as I’ll be swimming round all the tricky headlands and rocky outcrops, through Caldey Sound and past military artillery zones. And the Pembrokeshire sea is swarming with jellyfish at the moment.
But I’m spurred on by the great work of UiD and SBASSG, and from the ongoing inspiration from Rache and Russ whose positivity and encouragement are still great drivers in my life.
Dan will kayak alongside me. He’s hoping to catch fish along the way and cook up fresh mackerel on a fire in the evenings. Yum.
Please, please sponsor me
I will be keeping a blog to let you know of my progress: http://jellyfishjemboree.co.uk/
If anyone would like to join us in swimming, kayaking or just enjoying the Pembrokeshire coast, do get in touch…. http://jellyfishjemboree.co.uk/about/
Celebrate Refugee Week with us
Friday 30 June 2017 6.30pm
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Asylum Justice is a registered charity (Reg No 1112026) regulated by the
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (Reg No N200800025)
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.