IDEAS FOR GETTING INVOLVED
- What do you do best? Sport, cooking, speaking, campaigning? Talk to us about how your skills / interests could be put to good use
- Join Bradford City of Sanctuary. We meet monthly on a Tues at 4.30pm near the University in BD7
- Ask your group, organisation, place of worship or business to pass a resolution of support for Bradford City of Sanctuary (can be printed from our website). Yours could be our 176th
- Are you a teacher, school governor or parent? Encourage your school to consider becoming a School of Sanctuary – see https://bradford.cityofsanctuary.org/sanctuary-in-schools
- Offer English tuition to asylum seekers ineligible for state-funded classes
- Raise funds for City of Sanctuary, BEACON, Abigail Housing, BIASAN, Refugee Action. Or, if you have expertise in making funding applications, we would be very pleased to hear from you!
- Provide short or longer-term accommodation to homeless asylum-seekers by hosting ([email protected]) or contributing to the rent for a house (org.uk/)
- Invite refugee groups to your community social events (we’ll pass the invitation on).
- Display one of our “We welcome asylum-seekers and refugees“ signs outside your building, office, place of worship (contact us and we’ll you send one).
- Campaign! Keep abreast of current issues at regionalasylumactivism.org, http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/ or www.refugeecouncil.org.uk
These are just a few suggestions. If you have a skill or particular interest that isn’t mentioned above, get in touch: we may be able to suggest a way that it could be used to benefit asylum seekers and refugees locally.
SOME LOCAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES – at March 2017
There are many projects which support asylum-seekers and refugees in Bradford District, and all would welcome new volunteers. Here are just a few …..
BEACON (Bradford Ecumenical Asylum CONcern): https://beaconbradford.org/)
As well as campaigning on asylum issues and awareness-raising within churches (and beyond), BEACON has three projects:
- McKenzie Friends are trained volunteers who provide moral support and informed help for those without access to legal representation appealing against asylum decisions, or wishing to make fresh claims. Tel 07531 576330 – or via the office
- The Hosting Projectprovides short, medium and longer-term accommodation for destitute asylum seekers within the homes of volunteer hosts. Will Sutcliffe: [email protected] (07505 053149)
- CHAT (Care and Hospitality at Thornbury) offers a warm welcome and simple refreshments to asylum seekers waiting for their appeals to start at the Asylum and Immigration Hearings Centre at Phoenix House. CHAT’s weekly English conversation class meets at Touchstone (see below) each Wednesday morning.
Contact: BEACON office; Touchstone 32 Merton Rd, BD71RE; 01274 727525;[email protected]
ABIGAIL HOUSING: abigailhousing.org.uk/
Volunteering: contact Maggie Lolashvili: email@example.com; 07802 723066.
Destitution Project: housing for asylum seekers made homeless by negative asylum decisions. Currently 5 houses in Bradford. Contact: 01274 767887 / [email protected]
Refugee Housing Project: Temporary accommodation and support, currently only in Leeds, for those whose Home Office support has just ended. Contact 07743 189314 / [email protected].
Thursday Drop-In. Held 6 to 7.30pm at Bradford Deaf Centre, 25 Hallfield Road, Bradford BD1 3RP. A good meal is provided and donated clothing and goods are often available. Members are signposted to relevant agencies and other sources of support. On the first Thursday of the month there is usually an Open Meeting with interpreters to plan future activities, air views and disseminate information. There is no distinction between ‘client’ and volunteer, between continuing and ‘failed’ asylum seekers and successful refugees – all are seen as members.
Woman’s Club. For women and their children. Also at Bradford Deaf Centre, 1-4pm every Thursday. The Club provides opportunities for women to socialise. Relevant professionals regularly attend to provide advice and signposting.
English Lessons. Run by a volunteer teacher on Wednesday + Thursday afternoons from 4.30-6.00 at Bradford Deaf Centre
No office base or ‘phone number. Email: [email protected]– or just drop in on a Thursday evening.
BRADFORD REFUGEE FORUM: http://bradfordrefugees.org.uk
Befrienders needed to help newly arrived asylum seekers in the city with finding their way around the city. Contact: Duncan Wahuho at [email protected] / 07392 077202
BRITISH RED CROSS
Weekly Destitution Drop-in 10.00 – 2pm, Tuesdays at Millside Centre, 131 Grattan Road, Bradford, BD1 2HS. Emergency food and clothing; basic advice and advocacy; signposting; emotional support. 0113 201 5240
REFUGEE ACTION. http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/refugee-action-bradford/
Volunteers are needed for all of the following, as well as soon-to-be launched ESOL classes.
The Advice Service provides advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers who live in the Bradford District on a number of issues such as housing, employment, health and wellbeing, integration and welfare benefits.
The Children and Families Project. We run two after-school clubs each week, providing opportunities for children and parents to develop relationships, play, improve their English, and become more involved in their community. The clubs involve games, activities, creative arts and healthy snacks.
A Home in Bradford’ provides support for asylum seeking and refugee children who are waiting school places (this can sometimes take months, with children bored at home and missing out on education) because they are new to the area or they have moved to a new part of Bradford.
- Match a ‘learning buddy’ with a child/family to provide one-to-one support for that child once a week based on a specialised plan for that child (this could be helping them learn English, learn more and connect to their local area, providing fun and educational games and activities)
- A weekly group that meets every Tuesday from 12-2, our Refugee Action ‘Little School’
- Monthly trips out to local areas of interest
Contact Mariam Ali: [email protected]; 01274 762100. 40A Piccadilly Bradford BD1 3NN .
VOLUNTEERING BRADFORD hold information on a wide range of local volunteering opportunities and are keen to help you find out more about volunteering in the Bradford District.
Visit their drop-in at:
The Volunteer Centre, 19 – 25 Sunbridge Rd, BD1 2AY
Tuesday: 10.00-12.00; Thursday: 10.00 -3.00.
Tel: 01274 725434. [email protected]