Refugee Crisis

refugees walkingThe current refugee crisis that has swept across our media channels in the last few months has evoked conflicting responses from people. Some positive but some (especially in some quarters of the media) negative.

In church communities and dioceses the overwhelming response has been ‘what can I do to help?’ This is as true of the Leeds diocese as of anywhere else. People want to reach out with compassion and help these people who have sacrificed so much and suffered so much.

The Commission does not directly work with refugees, though many Commission members are heavily involved in organisations that do.

If you want to help then there are lots of places where you can find out more and get more involved

Some of these are detailed below.

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The European and Syrian refugee crisis in a nutshell

We need to be clear in our own minds about the causes of the current refugee crisis in Europe and what is happening in Syria. This video is only 6 minutes long but it packs a lot in! In the process it tackles head-on several myths about refugees that are widespread and thoroughly debunks them.

bishops conference logoThe Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has been discussing this topic for a while now. Our own chair, John Battle, has attended meetings to help the bishops formulate guidelines for how churches up and down the country can respond in the most useful ways.

Their own website contains many useful suggestions for actions that people can take.

Bishops’ conference website

SVP Support Centre

SVP logoIn Leeds and Bradford the SVP centres undertake a lot of work with asylum seekers. They are always on the look out for new volunteers.

St.Vincent’s support centre website

Samara's Aid Appeal Leeds

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Samaras Aid appeal facebook page

A page to inform Leeds-Folk on Samara’s Aid Appeal Leeds, which is a campaign to send aid to Internally Displaced People and refugees in Iraq/Kurdistan

Ideas from Canterbury

The Anglican Diocese of Canterbury website has some useful ideas about how people can get involved. It describes 5 different ways of taking action on behalf of refugees.

Diocese of Canterbury website

If you live in the Bradford area then this website may give you some ideas about getting involved:-

Bradford Action for Refugees logo

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In the Leeds area there is a well-established multi-agency network of all sorts of church and other groups across the city.  All the possible things you might want to do have been collected together in a simple website that is packed with useful practical information for anyone wanting to get involved.

Leeds multiagency website

Leeds Asylum Seekers Network (LASSN) is another organisation where people in the Leeds area could get involved.

LASSN website

City of Sanctuary Movement

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. The goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities.

Leeds is a City of Sanctuary

Leeds City of Sanctuary website

Bradford is a City of Sanctuary

Bradford City of Sanctuary-facebook

Huddersfield is a City of Sanctuary

Huddersfield City of Sanctuary

Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH)

This organisation helps new refugees and asylum seekers in the Kirklees area.

Logo for DASHThey provide hosting, Drop-ins, English classes and social activities. See their website for more information about what they do and how you could help.

DASH website