#COATS4CALAIS

Can you donate a coat to keep a refugee warm this winter?

Over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. Some as young as 13, with no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.

We are asking everyone to look in your cupboards for a winter coat that you no longer wear. You can drop these off at the Edge Hill University, Faculty of Education reception.

You can also take a picture of yourself holding up the coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”

There is still an urgent need for things such as toiletries and mens’ clothes especially thermal-wear. Small man or youth’s sizes are best. You can also drop these off at the Faculty of Education reception. See here for other drop-off points

If you still need convincing, here’s a message for you from Ricky Tomlinson

Free event at Manchester Metropolitan University – International Day for Tolerance – ‘Professional Action and Practice for Refugees and Displaced People’ Saturday 17 November 2018

As part of the International Day for Tolerance, our friends at Manchester Metropolitan University and PAPYRUS Team cordially invite you to this event which aims to:

* promote organisations working with refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people

* create an open, listening and debating space for practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and relevant NGO’s in the broad areas of work with refugees and displaced people to come together and learn

* value perspectives from across various sectors and create opportunities for new connections, creativity and engagement

* create a productive place for learning about new areas and sharing materials and resources helpful in work with refugees and displaced people.

This event is going to take place on Saturday 17th of November 2018 at the Business School (All Saints, All Saints Campus, M15 6BH, Manchester) and is organised within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme PAPYRUS Project.

This free one-day event will include presentations by guest speakers, workshops and a charity village where organisations can promote and explain their work. Guest speakers include Gulwarli Passarlay (Author and Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers), Tendayi Madzunzu (Manchester Refugee Support Network) and Afzal Khan (MP for Manchester Gorton). Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professional-action-and-practice-for-refugees-and-displaced-people-tickets-50960665723

Feel free to forward this invitation to people or organisations that might be interested.

Looking forward to your hopefully positive reply.

Karolina

Karolina Kardas Research Fellow

Erasmus+ Project Deputy Coordinator PAPYRUS, Teacher & Reflect Lab

Manchester Metropolitan University, Wilson 0-21, Cheshire Campus ,Crewe Green Road

CW1 5DU Crewe Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 5055 Mobile: +44 (0) 7827 872472

Upcoming free event – Online Arabic from Palestine and ‘Linguistic Hospitality’ – Migration Working Group Seminar 15th November 2018

Migration Working Group – North West invites you to the second seminar organised by the group at Edge Hill University. This seminar will focus on the process of online collaboration to design an Online Arabic language course. The presentation will be based on an international multilingual project implemented in the School of Education, University of Glasgow and in the Gaza Strip (Palestine).

Presenter: Dr Giovanna Fassetta, University of Glasgow
Title of the presentation: Online Arabic from Palestine and ‘Linguistic Hospitality’

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018
Programme:
2.30pm Registration
3.00pm Event start
4.00pm Networking and refreshments

Venue: Room SC101, The Sports Centre, Edge Hill University

Registration: this event is FREE but please click here to register

Where it all Began – A Stand and Be Counted Production

Imagine if everyone was ordered to return to their place of birth.

The UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Stand and Be Counted present a wild and vivid vision of the future, combining storytelling, movement and live music.

Coming to Liverpool at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool 9th October.

Tickets £10.50 (£8.50 concessions)
Click here for a trailer and further details

Language Support for Adult Refugees – A Council of Europe Toolkit

From the council of Europe website:

The Council of Europe has developed the toolkit presented on this website (available in seven languages) to support member states in their efforts to respond to the challenges posed by unprecedented migration flows. It has been produced as part of the project Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) of the Council of Europe’s major Programme on language policy.

The toolkit comprises the 57 tools and other resources contained in the various sections of this website. Tools can be downloaded and adapted to meet the needs of different contexts

The toolkit is designed to assist organisations, and especially volunteers, providing language support for adult refugees. Throughout the toolkit “refugee” is understood in a broad sense and includes asylum seekers as well as refugees.

Further details are available here https://www.coe.int/en/web/language-support-for-adult-refugees

Syrian Mothers’ Day Event in Liverpool 25 March 2018

Written by Mayya Al Safadi Diab.

With the help of Refugee Action, an event was organised by members of the Syrian refugee community for Syrian ladies and children in Liverpool on the 25th of March 2018. Thanks to the active ladies and in co-ordination with Refugee Action, the event was a great success, it involved traditional Syrian food that was cooked by the participant ladies themselves.

It was so lovely to see the pride each lady has represented her dish with, as in Syrian culture expressing love and dedication get represented by the Syrian food that takes a long time to be made most of the times.
Some ladies shared with hand made products and presented one of their creations to the winner of one of the competitions, which was great joy to the ladies, there were some games and presents as well to give to the winners with one of the Syrian ladies doing Henna for the young children and the women which was received with great joy.
Everything was free as thanks to refugee action support the hire of the hall was covered by them which made it more enjoyable to all ladies.
Some ladies travelled from Huyton to attend the event and they felt that it made them feel much better as lots of them were worried about families and relatives in Syria but being surrounded by their friends made the nostalgia a bit easier to manage. The kids were running and laughing, as the language barrier still a big part of these womens lives it made them relax and enjoy the event by being able to express themselves in their mother tongue with people around them. The event was a success by all measures.

Young asylum seekers ‘face blanket study ban’ The Guardian 8 April 2018

This article by  highlights an important issue affecting the education of young asylum seekers. Colleagues in the FE sector have expressed great concern for the well-being and prospects for success of asylum seekers who access their adult provision.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/08/young-asylum-seekers-education-ban 

Demonstration in support of Eastern Ghouta Liverpool city centre, Sunday 25 February 2018

The Syrian community in Liverpool organised, at very short notice, a moving demonstration in support of their compatriots and, in some cases, former neighbours caught up in the siege of Eastern Ghouta. This was in response to the escalation of the attacks by Syrian government forces and Russian warplanes on Sunday 19 February. Hundreds of people including women and children were killed in the space of a few days.

I spoke to people at the gathering who were waiting for news of loved-ones and others who had already been told the worst about family and friends. The dignity of all present was very striking. It was also interesting to note that there was no collection of money at the event. The main aims were to raise awareness of the situation and seek support for the victims.

The day before the demonstration, the UN passed a resolution (with the support of Russia) for a 30 day ceasefire. However, on the day of the demonstration government forces were still attacking Eastern Ghouta. The situation remains desperate with an estimated 1,500 people killed since February. It is estimated that the conflict in Syria has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced more than 11 million others. A very small but important number of these are now settled in our region.

Mike Stoddart

If you are interested in supporting the refugees based in our area, please see our volunteering page for more information.