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Your Monthly Update - July 2019

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to your update of events, campaigns and activities going on in Brighton and Hove for the month of July. We've just wrapped up celebrations as part of another successful Refugee Week. This year, 1,000 people came to our Together event bringing together the community and it was wonderful to have so many diverse activities in one space, from African drumming to portrait painting. The acclaimed 'Ungrateful Refugee' author Dina Nayeri joined us for a panel discussion over at the Old Courtroom, and signed copies of her book in the Museum Lab. A big thank you to the Dome for hosting us, to everyone who volunteered to make the event a success, and to everyone else who came and joined in!

We had a good Refugee Week de-brief on 8 July, with lots of ideas about how to do it even better next year. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in organising it. We’ve got lots of lovely photos on the Brighton Refugee Week Facebook page. There may be one of you!

People were invited to write about their countries of origin, places, food, sounds and memories held dear, and attach them onto a world map.

Alex Phillips, Mayor of Brighton and Hove and MEP for the South East with Phati Mnguni, artist and founder of Phati Mnguni Arts. Both gave powerful speeches which will be available on our website soon.

Panel discussion on the topic of Refugee Week theme 'You, me and those who came before'. Chair of Sanctuary on Sea, Richard Williams, with Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee and Naqeeb Saide, Hummingbird Young Leader.

Community portrait-drawing at the Hummingbird stall.

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Local Updates 
Refugee Tales Volume III
Following the successful reception of volumes I and II, Refugee Tales returns to present another collection of stories detailing real-life experiences of those who sought sanctuary in the UK but were met instead by a deeply hostile environment. Featuring retellings by authors such as Monica Ali and personal accounts written by refugees who have been detained, this powerful collection of stories offers a glimpse into the cruelty of the detention system – but also a testimony to the strength of human spirit.

In The Stateless Person's Tale, Abdulrazak Gurnah highlights the uncertainty of life when deportation is imminent, and the struggle of living life in limbo. Unable to do paid work, refugees like Gurnah are forced to risk working unofficially or volunteer to stay occupied. The Orphan's Tale, told by David Constantine, shows how destructive the process of detention is when someone is suddenly torn away from the lives and relationships they have built here. Together, the poems and stories expose a brutal and arbitrary system of detention, the continued denial of basic human rights to the detained and the urgent need for change.

With nationalism and the far right on the rise across Europe and North America, there has never been a more important moment to face up to what we, in Britain, are doing to those who seek sanctuary. Still the UK detains people indefinitely under immigration rules. Bail hearings go unrecorded, people are taken without notice, individuals are not told when they will be released. Profits from the book go to Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group and Kent Help for Refugees, to support the work they do with detainees.

You can purchase a copy here for a special online price of £9.
Lavender picking
In July, refugee women from the Network of International Women picked lavender to make lavender bags and wands, which are made from the plant when it's dried. Marigold, the organiser and member of the Network, said: 'It was a tremendously happy morning, with a lot of laughter and joking together as they picked, but also very peaceful. They admired the wonderful view from the Race Hill allotment. Most hadn't seen Brighton from that vantage point before.' 

Srebrenica Memorial Day: Bridging the Divide
On Srebrenica Memorial Day (11 July) people gathered at Brighton's Old Steine gardens to remember the 8000 victims of the genocide 24 years ago in Srebrenica, Bosnia. The memorial day each year honours the victims and survivors and this year's theme was 'Bridging the Divide: Confronting Hate'. It offers a unique opportunity to remember the lives lost in Srebrenica, to highlight the continued consequences of genocide, and to reaffirm our own commitment to strong community relations here in the UK. It is also a day to remember the many victims of sexual violence and rape in wartime and to show the significant contributions of women to seeking truth and justice for the genocide, and challenging denial.
Coming up in Brighton and Hove
Hummingbird young women's summer activities, 16 July

Our friends at the Hummingbird project, who support young refugees in the city, have launched a new programme of activities for the summer aimed at young women and girls. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 1–3pm - come along to make friends, relax and have fun, share food and get specialist support if needed. For more info contact Amber Daly at amber.daly@hummingbirdproject

The Hummingbird Project will also be running an English Summer School throughout the holidays on Mondays from 3–5pm for young people aged 14-25 at YPC, Ship Street. The fun informal sessions with qualified teachers are a great way for young people to keep practicing their English throughout the holidays. Contact Mick Taylor for further details

The Global Social Club is a youth club run in partnership between the Hummingbird Project, Refugee Council, Pathways to Independence and the Young Peoples Centre. They have an exciting programme of summer activities coming up in the next few months, to include Skateboarding, Cooking Lessons, Trips to London, Horse Riding and a trip on the i360. Full details will be published soon on their Facebook page. This club is open to all young people in the city.
Your Business Can Train Teachers, 16 July

For four years, teacher Kate McAllister and therapist Darren Abrahams have been building an education system and support network for displaced people. They've travelled to Calais and across the continent with the project, training over 400 people since the start and reaching 8000 globally through online courses. They have helped start projects in the UK, France, Italy and Greece - and now they have a new plan for the future. Their vision is to get trained teams of volunteer teachers to the heart of every crisis zone around the world, armed with skills, resources and the knowledge of how to get people back on their feet again and then train local people to take their place. They want to mobilise the power of business to make this happen - and they need your expertise. Human Hive invite you spend a couple of hours with them and help make their vision a reality. In return they will offer you:
  • dinner - amazing vegetarian food 
  • discounts - to their online course and in person training
  • dialogue - a chance to experience the best networking concept in the city
  • an opportunity - to take part in an exciting global movement to train Crisis Classroom teachers
Tickets are by donation. Read more about the evening here.
At: The Space, 68 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL. 6-8pm.
Brighton International Feast, 27 July
You are invited to the very first Brighton International Feast to be held outdoors! This is a special 'bring your own dish' event run by community skill-sharing movement Ambigo.
Attendees are invited to bring their 
favourite dishes to share for free. Plus, everyone present will have the chance to exchange support for each other's personal goals and ideas on Ambigo's 'Wall of Ambitions'. This event is open to all but you must get a free ticket to take part. The food you bring can be savoury or sweet, and Amigo recommends you bring enough for 1–4 people (but feel free to bring more!). They will have facilities to keep food cold and/or to warm it up. Want more info? Email or see here. 
At: Norfolk Square Garden, Brighton BN1 2PE.
Brighton Pride, 3 August
Sanctuary on Sea will be walking in the pride march alongside other refugee organisations from Brighton – everyone is welcome to join to show that refugees are welcome here!

Details will be confirmed later this month on our Facebook page.
T4K Ceilidh 2019, 17 August 

Join us at the 2019 Thousand 4 £1000 Ceilidh and help raise funds to house homeless refugees and migrants in Brighton & Hove. There will be a live band - Moves Afoot - and a caller for the dancing, so you'll be able to join in even if you've never been to a ceilidh before. There will also be a bar and a buffet at affordable prices. Tickets are now available –  they have sold out the previous two years so get yours ASAP. 

At: Knoyle Hall, in Knoyle Road, BN1 6RB. The hall is just north of Preston Park, easily reached by bus (5 or 5A) or train (to Preston Park station). Fully wheelchair accessible. Doors open 7pm, dancing starts 7.30.
Refugee Radio: Castaway Heritage, until 8 Sept
There is an ongoing exhibition of stories of refugees from around the world who have sought asylum in Brighton and Hove. Curated by Refugee Radio, the photographs and oral histories reveal a common humanity, and the search for home. It is displayed on the South Balcony of the Brighton Museum until 8 September. 
The Jollof Café
The Jollof Cafe runs every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30–3pm) at the Cowley Club on London Road serving delicious homemade West African vegan food. It's family-friendly, open to everyone and the meal is just £4. Proceeds go towards Sussex Refugee and Migrant Destitution Fund.
Global Tots
Global Tots is a 'stay and play' group for refugee and migrant mothers with children under 5. They meet on the last monday of every month at the Friends Meeting House (Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF). The idea is to provide English and social support alongside usual stay and play group activities, including arts and crafts/ sensory play, toys, free snacks and circle time.
The Real Junk Food Café
Real Junk Food host a weekly café on Wednesdays at St John the Baptist Parish Hall in collaboration with Brighton Voices in Exile and Brighton Table Tennis Club. Food waste that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets is cooked and served by professional chefs. The meal and any spare produce is available on a pay as you feel basis. The hall is located at 2 Bristol Road, Brighton, BN2 1AP – see more info and all the dates here.
National news and updates from our Sanctuary network
Annual City of Sanctuary Conference 
The annual conference for cities of Sanctuary around the UK was held last month (June) in Coventry. The main theme of this year's discussions centred on growing 'effective engagement' and 'meaningful participation' with the Sanctuary movement. Lord Alf Dubs was given a Sanctuary award for his work helping child refugees. The renowned pianist Margaret Fingerhut received a sanctuary award in recognition of her extraordinary fundraising efforts in support of local City of Sanctuary groups. Far From Home, her World Refugee Day concert in aid of Sanctuary on Sea, was a highlight of Refugee Week in Brighton and Hove and we are extremely grateful to her. Read the full report on the conference here.

Asylum Statistics released for the previous quarter
The asylum statistics for the previous quarter were released last month. Worryingly, they showed a 12% increase in the number of people waiting over 6 months for their claim to be processed. Read the report in full here.

Far From the Home I Love - track released

Margaret Fingerhut has now performed her fantastic concert in more than 20 venues around the UK raising over £50,000 for City of Sanctuary groups. She has now launched the track 'Memories From My Land' which was commissioned for the tour from Moutaz Arian, a celebrated Kurdish composer. The track can be downloaded and is available to be used by City of Sanctuary groups. Listen and download here.

City of Sanctuary annual review now available 
The City of Sanctuary 2018 Annual Review is now available to download from the website here.
Directory of Services

Finally, we'd like to remind everyone that the Directory of Services available to refugees and migrants in Brighton and Hove is available online.

The directory has been updated to include formal and informal ESOL provision in Brighton and Hove this Summer.

This directory lists organisations which offer support to, or are advocating on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It also lists organisations which offer specific services of interest to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as a small number of refugee- and migrant-led organisations. Please read and share as widely as you can. Please let us know if you would like your service to be included in the directory, or if your existing entry needs updating.

Best wishes,

Ruby Cardona Senker
Sanctuary on Sea 
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