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I was stressing when I had to leave the hotel, but they gave me time to find somewhere

Welcome to our latest newsletter. We're celebrating the amazing work and spirit of Sanctuary Hosting, reflecting on the continued challenge of supporting Oxfordshire's asylum hotels, and looking ahead to the inaugural Oxford Sanctuary Fair. And there's a bittersweet moment as we share outgoing staff member Aiham's memories of his incredible Asylum Welcome journey...

2023-05-19T15:44:44+00:00April 28th, 2023|

Everyone, everywhere, deserves to live safely and freely

Welcome to our spring 2023 newsletter. Discover how we're making a difference by providing crucial humanitarian support to asylum seekers currently placed in hotels.   Don't miss out on the chance to learn more about our outreach service and read the touching story written by one of our amazing clients Ibrahem.   Join us

2023-04-11T16:22:23+00:00April 11th, 2023|

This is the idea of “welcome” at its most fundamental

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2023. Here we reflect on the idea of welcome and the challenges of supporting newly arrived asylum seekers in Oxfordshire hotels, as well as celebrating the success of our Sanctuary Wheels project. And we have an unusual request: can you help us find a warehouse?

2023-02-07T16:59:38+00:00February 7th, 2023|

Join hands with Asylum Welcome this winter

Dear Friend, My name is Jess Beagent, and I have the enormous privilege of working as the Youth Service Coordinator at Asylum Welcome. I work with 14–25-year-olds who are alone in the UK, far from their parents and families. This year we expect to provide support to more than 3,000 clients. But, as the last

2022-11-25T17:49:13+00:00November 25th, 2022|

The Hand of Friendship – protest through embroidery

Dear Friends, The articles in this newsletter are linked by a common thread of respect for every individual as a human being, a belief that every person has the right to safety, dignity and opportunity, and that we should do all we can to make this a reality. This is

2022-10-31T15:16:10+00:00September 30th, 2022|

Statement on the Reopening of Campsfield IRC

Dear Friends, Many of you will have seen the news yesterday announcing the government’s plan to reopen Campsfield House as an immigration removal centre. The announcement very much fits with the policy of treating asylum seekers as illegal immigrants that has been provided for in the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 that we all

2022-10-10T09:21:36+00:00September 30th, 2022|

We stand in solidarity with all Ukrainians and all refugees coming to the UK

Dear supporters, Our focus this month is on our work with young people, which you can read about below, including the stories of two wonderful young clients that are now working and volunteering with us, but it feels wrong to go to press this week without reflecting on current events

2022-03-23T12:35:35+00:00March 1st, 2022|

People with lived experience at the heart of Asylum Welcome

Featured photo: American Photo Archive / Alamy Two events last week illustrated very different elements of our work. We supported a young woman, who had arrived in Oxford among the thousands flown out of Kabul last summer, to move into her own flat in the city. She was an outspoken activist, at extreme

2022-03-23T12:37:36+00:00February 2nd, 2022|
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