The 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
The 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 CentreSt.Vincent’s support centre website
The Medaille Trust
The Medaille Trust is a charity founded by groups of Religious congregations in 2006 to work against the evils of human trafficking in response to the plight of thousands of people who are being trafficked into the UK each year.
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:-Go to website
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 SanctuaryLeeds City of Sanctuary website
Bradford is a City of SanctuaryBradford City of Sanctuary-facebook
Huddersfield is a City of SanctuaryHuddersfield City of Sanctuary
Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH)
This organisation helps new refugees and asylum seekers in the Kirklees area.DASH website