Refugees at home
… is a national charity, with local representatives, which aims to match those with a spare room in their home with refugees or asylum seekers looking for accommodation. The group can be contacted by those who have a room or those needing accommodation. More information at https://www.refugeesathome.org
Place of Welcome
Chester Cathedral: visit the Cathedral Cloister Room on Mondays 10-12am to ‘chat, connect or just enjoy a complimentary coffee. All welcome’.
Unity Centre Community Café, 17 Cupin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN: open Monday 12-3pm, Tuesday 10-12pm and Friday 11.30-1pm. Drinks, cakes and light bites.
English Conversation Lessons
Unity Centre, 17 Cuppin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN. Free lessons.
Monday 1-2.30pm and Friday 10-11.30am. Term time only.
Schools of Sanctuary
There is a rich source of information for any school wishing to become a ‘School of Sanctuary’ at https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org. Please also feel free to contact us.
Want to know more?
The following are books we would like to highlight written by people who are refugees or living in exile:
‘The Lightless Sky’ by Gulwali Passarlay – this book is a first-hand account of the experiences of a 12yr old boy fleeing from Afghanistan, telling of his 12,000 mile journey and the obstacles he endured to reach the UK .
‘Birds Without Sky, Poems from Exile’ by Malka al-Haddad – Malka writes from her experiences of being in exile from Iraq, her loss and need for refuge. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to 3 organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers, including theLeicester City of Sanctuary Group.