Asylum Welcome supports refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Our volunteers, members, supporters and staff share values based on a common humanity and social justice. Together, we work to reduce poverty, suffering and social isolation, and to enable asylum seekers and refugees to live with the respect and dignity to which they are entitled.

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Annual Plan 2014-15

Asylum Welcome is looking forward with optimism in its plan for the year April 2014 - March 2015. Download the summary here to find out more about how we will be helping asylum seekers, refugees and detainees this year.

 

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Refugee Week 2014

 

16th-22nd June

Asylum Welcome is involved in this years Oxford Refugee Week. 

Click here for more information about the events that are happening. 

 

Would you like to become a member?

Asylum Welcome's annual membership runs from July to June and costs £20 or £6 concessions. To get the New Year off to a good start we would like to encourage you to become a member by joining now for half the annual fee - that is £10 normal rate or £3 concessionary rate. Becoming a member clearly demonstrates your support for asylum seekers, refugees and detainees. It allows you to have a say in the running of the organisation, for example by voting in our trustees meetings, and we will send you regular news on our activities. Those joining now at half rate can renew at the full rate in July.

Jean Kaye

We are sad to announce the death of Jean Kaye, a founder member of Asylum Welcome. Jean worked tirelessly for the organisation, first as a Campsfield visitor and then as a Volunteer Education Advisor until her retirement in 2010. She believed passionately in Human Rights and Justice. She was compassionate, caring and effective in helping her clients. Asylum Seekers and Refugees sought her advice on English classes, higher education courses and Citizenship. She raised funds and gave talks. She helped many to become assimilated into the Oxford Community and wider British Society. She received the Certificate of Honour award from the City of Oxford for her work.

Book sale

Thanks to those volunteers who organised the fantastic book, plant and cake sale on September 14th.

Second hand books continue to be on sale from our office with all proceeds going to our education service which helps clients to learn English and access college courses

If you would like to browse the books for sale, or have books to donate, please come to Asylum Welcome during office hours.

Asylum Welcome has office space for rent!

Light, bright modern office with parking in a quiet road.
Contact us for further details.

Volunteers needed

Asylum Welcome is looking for a Student Liaison Volunteer. In particular, we are looking for a dedicated volunteer to help raise our profile within the university and tap into the fundraising potential of Oxford colleges. The ideal candidate will have volunteering experience, especially in fundraising and awareness-raising roles. A history of positions of responsibility within the University of Oxford is highly desirable. In this flexible, part-time role, you would be required to build links between the charity and student organisations within the university, finding innovative ways to raise both awareness of, and funds to support, our work. A commitment to Asylum Welcome's aims and values is essential.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the positions above.

Urgent call for food cupboard donations

Asylum Welcome is providing support to a number of Syrian families waiting to claim asylum and be relocated. This has put pressure on our resources, particularly the food cupboard which provides food for destitute families. We would welcome donations of food which can be dropped off at our office, Tesco/Sainsbury cards which can be posted, or donations through justgiving. Thank you for your generous support.

Seeking Asylum in a Time of Austerity

The Asylum Welcome Campaigns and Advocacy Committee has produced a report outlining the difficulties of seeking asylum in a time of austerity. Click here to read the report in full.

Truth, trust and the asylum system

Asylum Welcome Trustee, Melanie Griffiths, publishes fascinating article in Anthropology Today.

Take action

Greece: protect migrant lives at the gate of Europe. Sign Amnesty's petition.

Save UK Justice. Sign the petition to save legal aid or write to your MP using the template on the Young Legal Aid Lawyers website.  

The government has been urged to help hundreds of Syrian students in the UK left without money and at risk of deportation amid the crisis in their homeland. Read more. Sign the Avaaz petition.

News

Jean Kaye: Teacher and peace campaigner

A PEACE campaigner who once got thrown out of the House of Commons has dies aged 87. 

Sexual abuse allegations corroborated at Yarl's Wood immigration centre

Accounts of sexually inappropriate behaviour include guards offering to assist in immigration cases in return for sexual contact.

Sarah Teather and Children's Society lend support to report arguing bid to trim legal aid bill is unjust and a false economy

Legal aid residence test 'will just shift cost to council taxpayers'.

Afghan interpreters petition delivered to Downing Street

Petition with more than 55,000 signatures demands option of UK resettlement for interpreters who aided British forces.

'Go home' ad campaign targeting illegal immigrants faces court challenge

Refugee group sends 'letter before claim' to Home Office after complaints about intimidating nature of message.

Amnesty launches new short film

Many people, regardless of race, gender, or background, are forced to flee their home countries to find safer, better futures. But be real: have you ever been able to put yourself in their shoes? Wait until 0:57, and maybe that will change.

Amnesty says refugees face rising dangers

Amnesty International says the world has become an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants.

A real life 'Hunger Games'

Thousands of Afghan refugee boys who roam Europe alone, without parents, without enough help from European governments are at risk of destitution, detention, and death.

Scheme for young asylum seekers 'could be model for UK'

The Scottish Guardianship Service (SGS) has supported more than 100 unaccompanied young people - some victims of trafficking.

Security industry provides medics for UK deportation flights

The UK government entrusts security company rooted in the military with medical care of detainees on deportation flights.

 

 

 

 

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“As an asylum seeker here you have no identity; you are always waiting. I want to be recognised as belonging; to be able to make my contribution.”Najaf, asylum seeker from Afghanistan