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Dear Friends and Supporters,
One of our new Shopping Buddies asked if he could take the Sanctuary Seeker with him to play football. One of the Foodbak volunteers asked if he could teach a Sanctuary Seeker to play guitar. Small acts of kindness, small but priceless offers of welcome when the public message is ‘Don’t come!’ or ‘Go Home!’.

As a new charity we are interviewing for Trustees this month, one of whom will be our Chair for the next chapter of Manchester City of Sanctuary. The deadline is THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 12noon. Please email [email protected] or[email protected] for job description & person spec.

We welcome all our Supporters, behind the scenes or active at Conversation Club, to attend a special evening for Supporters this Thursday 22nd September at TCRC, 11 Richmond Grove, M13 0LN, behind Longsight Police Station. (192 bus or free parking outside.)

Greetings for the new term!
from Jane, Charles, Jeff, Fay, Dianne, Zhila, Maryam and David.

Contents

  1. MCoS seeks able, experienced person to be its new Chair
  2. MCoS Supporters Networking Meeting – Thursday 22nd September 7pm-9pm
  3. All Party Parliamentary Group seeks evidence of experiences from new refugees to UK
  4. Manchester City of Sanctuary Maternity Stream Launch -November 19th
  5. MCoS Diary for September/ October 2016

1. MCoS seeks able, experienced person to be its new Chair

New Opportunities

for experienced, able persons who share Manchester City of Sanctuary’s passion for creating a culture of hospitality and welcome for sanctuary seekers in Manchester.

WANTED:  Chair of Trustees 2016-18
For job description, person spec. and application form 
please email [email protected] or [email protected]
Deadline: Thursday 29th September 12noon. Interviews for Chair & other Trustees Thursday 6th October.

We are also seeking the right person to act as:
Vice-chair of Trustees
Secretary to the Board
Vice-Treasurer
IT & Website manager

Other volunteer roles available:
Arts co-ordinator
ESOL co-ordinator
ESOL teacher
Activities co-ordinator
Shopping Buddies coo-ordinator
Admin assistant
Talk English Friends co-ordinator
Fundraiser assistant

For full details please email [email protected]

2. MCoS Supporters Networking Meeting – Thursday 22nd September 7pm-9pm

If you are a interested in getting involved in supporting asylum seekers, if you are interested in volunteering your time and skills with Manchester City of Sanctuary then this meeting is for you.

If you already support MCoS either by coming to Conversation Club, teaching English, being a Shopping Buddy or giving Cycle lessons, this networking opportunity is for you.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd September 7-9pm
at TCRC, 11 Richmond Grove, M13 0LN behind Longsight Police Station.
Refreshments from 7pm.

3. All Party Parliamentary Group seeks evidence of experiences from new refugees to UK

Are you a new refugee? Would you like to tell the UK Government about the barriers you are experiencing in finding housing, and employment, accessing health services and language courses?

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has launched a new Inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK. This is a brilliant opportunity for Parliament to hear directly from refugees and those involved in providing support for refugees.

You can read the full terms of reference here for the Inquiry on the Refugee Council website. Responses must be submitted by the 1st October 2016 to [email protected]

4. Manchester City of Sanctuary Maternity Stream Launch -November 19th

Manchester City of Sanctuary announce their first  Maternity Stream Conference
at Salford University on Saturday November 19th.
Save the date.
If you are interested in working for improved local maternity care for asylum seeking and refugee women,

or,  if you are yourself a sanctuary seeker, who has experienced pregnancy or childbirth in the Manchester area and you would like to have your say!     Email [email protected]  

5. MCoS Diary for September/ October 2016

  • Thursday 22nd September 7-9pm: Supporter Networking Event @TCRC, 11 Richmond Road, Longsight. M3 0LN
  • Sunday 25th September 1-3pm: Community Meal for  local people to meet with sanctuary seekers for a meal and Friendship at TCRC, Lonsight.
  • Thursday 29th September 12noon –   Deadline for applications for new Chair of Trustees of MCoS
  • Thursday 6th October 5.30 onwards – Interviews for Chair & other Trustees
  • Thursday 13th October 5.30-8pm –1st Trustees Meeting of MCoS as a charity @TCRC

“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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