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We can see Joy even in the darkest of times

Hello, The last 12 months really have been the darkest of times. I joined Asylum Welcome in April last year – just as the pandemic took hold. So many of our clients were facing exceptional difficulties – unprecedented legal, housing and financial worries, unemployment, isolation, domestic violence, and of course Covid-driven health challenges. I’m truly

2021-07-09T21:26:46+00:00April 5th, 2021|

‘The New Plan for Immigration’: Asylum Seekers Not Welcome Here?

A personal reflection from Asylum Welcome’s Services Director, Almas Farzi (known as ‘Navid’). About thirty years ago, fearing for my life, I fled Iran. I certainly fitted the UN Refugee Convention description of having a well-founded fear of persecution – so immediate was it, that even though my wife was eight months pregnant we

2021-07-05T16:15:09+00:00April 1st, 2021|

A Letter to the People of the UK: Speaking from the Heart about Napier Barracks

A Letter to the People of the UK: Speaking from the Heart about Napier Barracks Taken from Hastings Community of Sanctuary, on 16 March 2021, at: https://hastings.cityofsanctuary.org/2021/03/16/a-letter-to-the-people-of-the-uk On 15th February, HCoS Campaigns Team and Hastings Supports Refugees co-hosted an online event to inform interested participants about the circumstances and conditions surrounding the use

2021-07-05T15:59:25+00:00March 19th, 2021|

Dr Emma Sidebotham’s video in Tetum on the importance of the Covid-19 vaccination

This video is in Tetum. The translation to English below was kindly provided by Dr Emma Sidebotham. “Hi everyone. I am Emma and I am a doctor that has previously lived and worked in Timor Leste. This message is to help ensure that as many people as possible from

2021-07-09T13:59:03+00:00February 17th, 2021|

Dignity and respect: Is it really too much to ask for those seeking asylum in the U.K.?

The people who visit Asylum Welcome’s offices in Oxford come from across the world and from all walks of life. A university professor fleeing persecution, a boy whose parents

2021-07-08T14:45:56+00:00January 29th, 2021|

Volunteering with “foreign” nationals in priso

Guest blog in AVID: Volunteering with “foreign” nationals in prison AVID is the network of voluntery organisations providing support for people in detention.  You can find the original blog here. For an extract, please click here. Asylum Welcome's Huntercombe Visiting Project is possible thanks to the support from The Bromley Trust.

2021-07-08T16:20:09+00:00January 21st, 2021|

A story of hope in these difficult times

COVID-19 has been incredibly challenging for us all, and particularly so for our clients. But not everything is as hopeless as it first looks. Thanks to you, our supporters, we have managed to keep our services running throughout the pandemic and to provide our community with the support they need. We are helping a particular group

2021-07-12T10:57:09+00:00December 4th, 2020|

“We form each other’s family: mother, brother, sister and friend”

“We form each other’s family: mother, brother, sister and friend” - helping refugee and migrant community groups better support their own communities By Mark Goldring, Director at Asylum Welcome, posted on Oxfordshire Community Foundation How many of us are aware that there are several thousand people from East Timor living in

2021-07-08T16:39:02+00:00December 1st, 2020|

EU citizens urged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Oxford’s EU citizens are urged to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021, and to contact the Europa Welcome service if they need help with their application. Those who have not applied by the deadline will lose their legal rights to live, work and access benefits in

2021-07-08T19:34:57+00:00November 6th, 2020|
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