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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We start with a big and heart-felt thank you to David Few who is stepping back from chairing Manchester City of Sanctuary Steering Group from the end of the month.
David has been involved since the very beginning when, in 2011, Dave Smith invited people together to ‘create a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester’. David’s energy, passion and can do attitude have shaped the character of Manchester City of Sanctuary.

We invite you to join us at our September Conversation Club at Cross Street Chapel, Thursday 15th September, when we can thank him together.  David will continue to bring his joy and sense of fun as a trustee focussing on fundraising and Schools of Sanctuary.

We also say au revoir to Nadine Dusabe, our volunteer from Burundi. She will continue to provide support for our young people especially those who can’t go on to university with their peers because they are still waiting  for their ‘leave to remain’. Nadine is an experienced youthworker and project manager. So let us know if you see any job opportunities for her!

NCS Young Volunteers programme will be running 2 photography sessions for our sanctuary seekers this week and and 2 days of filming next week. Thanks to The Challenge, Tameside, for partnering with us to offer asylum seekers new opportunities.

On Saturday 6th August we experienced a wonderful ‘Picnic in the Park’ Event with BBQ, music & dancing, face-painting, giant bubbles and parachute games. Thanks especially to Mike Cooke at Plymouth Grove Primary School for pledging the school grounds for our annual event.

Seven of our sanctuary seekers have been working with the Artist Mark Storrer to create a unique pice of visual, performance art based on Grimms fairy tale of the Severn Swans, exploring grief, pain, hope and silence – not being able to speak out. The production “Little Sister’ was at the Royal Exchange with 5 stunning performances 4th-7th August. Congratulations to Shamim, Zeeshan, Angie, Marc, Andrea, Fazana and Raqia for their commitment and courage!

And finally, thanks to a grant from BigBikeRevival we have been able to offer a 3rd Cycle Course to another 14 sanctuary seekers. Eve Holt, from Whalley Range on Wheels, and her team work tirelessly with all ages to teach people to ride bikes and volunteers from BikeRight work on old bikes to bring them back into good repair.

Go to www . GoFundMe . com/MCoS-Ride-Free if you can help with transport costs for the course (£50 per week).

Summer holiday greetings!
from David, Charles, Nadine, Jeff, Fay, Dianne, Zhila, Maryam and Jane

Contents

  1. New chair, new treasurer & new website/IT volunteers needed for City of Sanctuary
  2. MCoS Diary for August 2016

1. New chair, new treasurer & new website/IT volunteers needed for City of Sanctuary

WANTED for September:
Chairperson
Secretary
Website/IT volunteer

After nearly 5 years David Few, who has led and inspired MCOS, is taking a step back. So we are now looking for someone with the time to facilitate the decisions of the Steering Group through the next chapter. If you would like to talk to David or Charles about this opportunity please email them on [email protected] or [email protected]

Anita who has been looking after the accounts, funds and expenses for City of Sanctuary is returning to Ghana. Charles will now take on the Treasurer role so we are looking for someone to take on the role of secretary to the Steering Group. For a job description contact [email protected].

Abigail who has been updating our website, Facebook & Twitter accounts and doing a termly newsletter has just done her finals and will be returning to Yorkshire so we are looking for an IT enthusiast to join us.

Please contact Charles or Jane at [email protected]

2. MCoS Diary for August 2016

  • 9th/10th August 1-3pm NCS Photo Challenge at Hulme Hall: (12 young people, 12 sanctuary seekers)
  • 18th/19th August 1-3pm NCS Media Challenge at Hulme Hall(12 local young people, 12 sanctuary seekers)
  • Monday mornings in August Cycle Course 3 (14 MCoS members with Whalley Range on Wheels at Alexandra Park, part of the BigBike Revival).
  • Thursday 11th August 5.30-7.30pm Steering Group Meeting @TCRC.
  • Thursday 18th August 6-8pm Conversation Club @Manchester Cathedral Visitors Centre, 10 Cateaton St. M2 3AQ. All welcome,
  • Sunday 28th August Community Meal @TCRC, 16 Richmond Grove, Longsight M13 0LN. All welcome.

“The objective of the City of Sanctuary movement is to create a culture of welcome and hospitality for those seeking sanctuary, refugees and other vulnerable migrants amongst us” – Inderjit Bhogal, founder of City of Sanctuary 2005

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