Charity fundraiser concert for Unity in Diversity
Saturday March 26th: 8pm @ the Garage, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0NP
A truly epic line up!!
-> The Sporadics
-> Junior Bill
-> The Chalk Outlines
-> The Low Blows
-> DJ Neil
Tickets £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door
Tickets available from Derrick’s Records Online or from the Garage itself.
FREE FOR UID COMMUNITY MEMBERS 🙂
Volunteering alongside asylum seekers and refugees in Swansea
Information Morning Friday 9th October
10.30 – 12.15
(Plus, Special workshop 12.15 – 2.00 for people interested in supporting or offering voluntary hosting)
A chance to find out what you can do in Swansea.
Come and meet organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees. Find out what they do and why!
Welcome! Campaign! Support! Fund raise! Befriend! Drive! Shop!
Help with English! Organise! Sign post! Host!
And much more…….
Drop in at any time 10.30 – 12. 15
Short talks 10.30 – 11. Then stalls, with information about volunteering and fund raising
12.15 – 2.00 Share Tawe Voluntary Hosting Workshop
Come and find more about offering a spare room in your house to destitute asylum seekers/refugees.
Hundreds of people turned up to the “Refugees are Welcome Here” rally in Castle Square, Swansea on Saturday 12th September. There were lots of home-made banners and a wonderful feeling in the crowd. Clearly people feel that we should be ready to respond to the desperate need of people seeking safety – both those in Europe and those in the refugee camps and there were lots of stirring speeches.
We were delighted to be offered the chance to collect money for destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Swansea. Marilyn Thomas from SBASSG spoke in particular about our work with Share Tawe, one of our partner groups.
Marilyn made an appeal for money and volunteers for the volunteer hosting scheme run by Share Tawe, and explained how many refused asylum seekers find themselves without money or a bed to sleep in – and are not allowed to work. Share Tawe helps people in this situation by matching people in need of a bed with people who have a spare room. We were overwhelmed by the support of the crowd and we collected more than £900! This will help Share Tawe to support hosts and guests with small amounts of money for food and bus fare. (This year we have provided 1080 bednights through Share TAWE, and each night costs £4 in voluntary donations. We think this is great value for keeping people off the streets).
Marilyn also warned people of the government’s current proposals for even making families with children destitute if they are refused. She asked people to join campaigns to stop this.
Share Tawe also has a useful information booklet available online to find out more.
Swansea City of Sanctuary is hosting a thematic workshop on September 25th with a focus on using art, drama, creative writing, and digital voice as a way of capturing and representing voices and stories from Asylum Seekers and Refugees that are not often heard. This will be followed by activities in the afternoon that highlight the importance of supporting and sharing ideas about how organisations and individuals could take action to welcome and support Asylum Seekers and Refugees. This will include workshops and presentations on what barriers there are to participation, how to include Asylum Seeker and Refugee voices in your organisation as well as what organisations have done that could be replicated as examples of best practice.
This workshop is designed for organisations that do not have much experience in supporting and working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees but would like to gain more knowledge about some of the barriers that are faced by people seeking sanctuary. Additionally it is aimed at organisations that are looking for new and interesting ways of representing and including Refugee and Asylum Seeker voices within organisations.
Some of our supporters who will be contributing to the day include the West Yorkshire Playhouse, African Community Centre, Oasis, Hafan Books and the Uk’s first Shop of Sanctuary Oxfam Castle Street.
In the evening there is a play called 9 Lives by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Taliesin at 7.30pm, it would be an excellent way of concluding the workshop. Here is a blurb about the play:
‘Fleeing from his home in Zimbabwe where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life, Ishmael has sought sanctuary in the UK. Dispersed to Leeds, Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he waits for a new life to begin amongst strangers. Strangers who don’t trust him and don’t want him there. But not everyone is bad… can he find a place to call home again?’
To find out more and to book tickets please go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hearing-the-unheard-tickets-18308165215
If you have any queries, please contact Richenda by email – email@example.com