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Your Monthly Update - April 2019

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to your update of events, campaigns and activities going on in Brighton and Hove for the month of April. We've been busy planning for Refugee Week 2019 which looks to be the biggest one yet. There's still time to get involved if you'd like to organise an activity, cook delicious food to sell or anything else! Send us an email at or contact our new Refugee Week Facebook page.

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We try to promote any refugee or migration-related event going on in the city by sharing on our Facebook page. If you would like us to promote your event or flag a campaign, just drop us a message on Facebook via Messenger. 
Local Updates 
Hummingbird's Young Leaders win parliamentary award 

We were so thrilled to hear that the Young Leaders from our friends at the Hummingbird Project were awarded 'Campaigners of the Year' by the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, peers and MPs at Westminster. Young leader Nisar said the award:

'marks the beginning of a new time, where young refugees have a louder voice in this house. I now hope, that others will listen to us, learn from our stories and become part of a change.'

The four young men, Nisar, Naqeeb, Tariq, Wasim and Mohamad all travelled alone across Europe as minors, reaching the UK in 2016. Drawing on personal experience of delayed asylum seeking processes, they have been campaigning to raise awareness of how the system is failing young refugees and migrants. Read more here.

Pro bono Law Clinic for Migrants opens at University of Sussex

A new law clinic has opened at Sussex University to provide free legal advice to migrants faced with immigration or asylum challenges. Led by immigration and asylum law barrister, Dr William McCready, the Migration Law Clinic will be running weekly at the Sussex Law School on campus. The clinic is facilitated and run by third year and postgraduate law students, with everything overseen by McCready. The clinic will assist with issues such as asylum claims and family reunion applications. 

It's currently run on an appointment-only basis. Interpreters are provided and client's travel to and from the clinic will be reimbursed. At the moment, clients are being referred by local refugee and asylum charities, but anyone seeking advice on the issues covered in the Clinic can make direct contact with the University of Sussex Law School via or by calling 01273 876797. More info on the clinic here.

Refugee Week 2019

Plans for Refugee Week are now well underway. However, there is still lots to be done and June 17–23 is just around the corner. We have a classical concert at Brighton College on 20th June for World Refugee Day and a night of refugee and migrant bands performing at the Latest Music Bar on Sunday 23rd. On the 23rd we will have the whole of the Dome and Brighton Museum to fill with activities that will bring people from different communities together. If you are interested in joining the organising committee, or have an idea for an event or activity – food, performance, workshop – that could be held at the Dome or Museum, feel free to get in touch with us at 

To stay up to date with our plans for the week, follow our new Facebook page for Brighton Refugee Week.
Register to Vote by 12th April 2019
Have you registered to vote in the local elections taking place on 2nd May? It takes just five minutes and you can do it here. All you need is your National Insurance number. To register, you must be over 16, a resident of Brighton and Hove and be a UK, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.
Coming up in Brighton and Hove 
Sussex Centre for Migration Research - Spring 2019 Events 

A small boat with many people packed on board

Sussex Centre for Migration Research have a new series of migration-themed lectures, seminars and film screenings that have been taking place since March 2019. For the full list of events see here. There's still lots to look out for throughout April and May including:
  • 10th April - 'Neoliberal marginalisation and the criminalisation of migration and solidarity in Hungary and Serbia' 3.30-5pm, Arts C C333. Led by Celine Cantat (Central European University).
  • 2nd May - 'Return Migration to Africa: workshop' Pamela Kea (Sussex), Nauja Kliest (DIIS, Denmark), Sylvie Bredeloup, Dr Lisa Akesson in collaboration with the Africa Centre. Place tbc.
  • 7th May - Film screening of 'Island of the Hungry Ghosts' at the Attenborough Centre, 4pm. The film is a moving depiction of migration in Australia - see more info here. Tickets will be £7.
Hollingdean Cooking on a Budget, from 9th April

the words cooking on a budget are displayed over a background of a wooden table with vegetables nearbyCome to this free course of cooking sessions where you'll learn recipes, new ideas for meals and new ways to use ingredients. The course is suitable for anyone who lives around Hollingdean - from beginner cooks to people wanting some fresh ideas. All sessions take place on Tuesdays, 10.30–1.30pm at the Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road, BN1 7BH. The sessions are totally free and you get lunch after! This would be a great opportunity for any refugee or migrant families in the area on lower incomes. For a place please contact Anna at or call 01273563375.

Taster Sessions: Tuesday 9 April and Tuesday 16 April
Then two courses will run which you may choose from: Tuesdays from 23 April–14 May OR Tuesdays from 21 May–11 June.
BAME arts and culture professional's new collective, 10th April 
Young people at a concertJoin this newly formed collective for their first meeting of arts professionals identifying as Black, Asian, minority ethnic and mixed heritage. This is a chance to get together, make connections, and find out what other creatives are up to in the Brighton and Hove area.  

At the first meet-up, they'll be exploring two great projects that have originated in the city – the Thomas Highflyer work by Brighton and Hove Black History Group who discovered the tale of an African slave boy living and working in the city in the 1700s. Plus, they'll be joined by artist and creative producer Tarik Elmoutawakil who will talk about Brownton Abbey and its aim to diversify theatrical performance. The collective will be meeting on Wednesday 10 April from 6–8.30pm at the accessible venue on 9 Jew StreetBrighton BN1 1UT. Email for more information. 
Calais Action Brighton - Brighton marathon collection, 14th AprilCalais Action Brighton logo
For the last two years, CAB have collected items leftover from the Brighton marathon. It's a great place to pick up large volumes of clothing to send to Calais, typically between 60–80 bags. To do the same this year, they are looking for: 
  • Collectors in the morning at Preston Park
  • Washers to wash and dry around 3 bags of clothes throughout the week of 15th April (they will be dropped and collected to/from you) 
If you'd like to help, please get in touch with Calais Action Brighton on Facebook Messenger here.
The NHS and the Hostile Environment, 24th April

The government is making it more and more difficult for migrants to access the NHS. Is this fair? What is the actual cost of health tourism? What about the migrants who staff the NHS? Which countries do they come from, and why do they choose to work here? This talk asks whether the current rules are fair, and explores the way in which the NHS in fact relies on the rest of the world to operate. It will be given by lecturer Arianne Shahvisi from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, at the Bevendean Pub, 6–7pm on Wednesday 24th April and people are welcome to stay at the pub for drinks after. The talk is free to attend and all are welcome but booking is essential, which you can do here or by emailing and stating that you would like to attend.

Kwibuka 25, Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, 25th April
On the 25th Anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi people, the Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico) is organising an evening of remembrance. There will be readings and testimonies from the Rwandan diaspora in the UK. A special address will be delivered by Révérien Rurangwa, a survivor of the Genocide and author of Genocide: My Stolen Rwanda. The event will take place on Thursday 25th April 6–8pm at the Grand Hotel, 97–99 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FW. Book a place here and any enquiries about the night contact
The Real Junk Food Café, Wednesdays throughout April, May and June

Real Junk Food are hosting a new 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 a supermarket is cooked and served by professional chefs. Plus, any leftover ingredients or products are available to take away on a pay as you feel basis. The hall is located at 2 Bristol Road, Brighton, BN2 1AP – see more info and all of the dates here.
Jollof Café, Tuesdays
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 or a donation if possible. All proceeds go to Brighton Migrant Solidarity.
Coming up in London and the South East
From Syria to Sanctuary: A Young Man's Journey, 15th April
In this final leg of a week-long U.K. tour organised by Safe Passage, 20 year-old Syrian photographer Abdulazez Dukhan will be sharing his story from Syria to Brussels. He will also be exhibiting his work and explaining how he uses photography to change perceptions of 'the refugee crisis' and create a new narrative from his first-hand experience. The evening will consist of a talk by Abdulazez followed by a Q&A panel discussion hosted by Shado, a new online and print magazine who are amplifying the voices of those at the frontline of social, political and cultural change. Safe Passage helps unaccompanied child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary. After the talk, The Conduit will be hosting guests for a drinks reception and networking opportunity. It takes place Monday 15th April, 6–9pm at the Conduit, 40 Conduit street, London, W1S 2YQ. Tickets here and more info about the event here.
Hate: Causes, Consequences and Cures, 11–12th April
Regent’s University London and the Tutu Foundation UK are holding their 4th annual Desmond Tutu Peace Summit. The day is free of charge and will include high profile speakers such as Michael Palin, Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE, Andrew Mitchell MP, Imam Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan and South African High Commissioner to the UK Tembi Tambo. There will be panels and engaging discussions where the audience is invited to participate. Attendees are drawn from wide ranging contexts: politics, the media, NGOs, the voluntary sector, academics, students and others simply intrigued by this innovative opportunity for listening and engaging. Free tickets here. It takes place on Thursday and Friday 11–12th April at Regent's University London, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS from 9.30am.

Human Rights Violations Workshop, 1st May

Refugee Support BSMS are running a human rights violations workshop in collaboration with Humans for Rights Network. The workshop will be run by Maddie Harris, founder of the Rights Network, who has worked in Calais, Dunkirk and Thessaloniki in Greece. They are a grassroots organisation documenting human rights violations on the ground. Their current work aims to make this documentation more effective; allowing refugees and migrants to report rights violations themselves using phones.

Human rights violations are an everyday occurrence in Northern France and are part of the daily experience for displaced people. In 2017–2018 there were over 200 reported incidents of police violence, including the illegal use of chemical weapons and physical abuse. 

This is a practical workshop, and is aimed at people who are considering volunteering in the field throughout Europe or in the UK, who have volunteered previously, or people who want to learn more about the human rights situation in Northern France. 

The workshop will cover: 

  • Brief Introduction to Human Rights and the human rights situation in Northern France 
  • An overview of Humans for Rights
  • An introduction to the use of the reporting system and how to report and record rights abuses
  • An overview of what to record, what is common place and what we might do with this evidence

The event will be on Wednesday the 1st of May from 2–4pm in rooms 1.08/1.09 in the Medical School Teaching Building at the University of Sussex Campus. Everyone is welcome! More about the event here. This event is free but will be ticketed - register to attend here.

National News and Updates From Our Sanctuary Network
Refugee and migrant scholarship opportunities 
Many universities offer university scholarships to refugee and asylum-seeker students across the country. Application deadlines are coming up, with some closing in April - if you or someone you know might be interested take a look here. The University of York has now opened its fantastic YESS programme (University of York Experience Summer Schools) for prospective university students, and free places are available for refugees and asylum seekers. Find out more about YESS here.
Maths of Migration: free educational resource
Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 children, this new cross-curricular course of lessons looks at the many issues surrounding migration. The series is freely available – with more subjects being added in due course. It would be most relevant for lessons in Maths, English, PSHE and Citizenship. They are available for teachers to download here.

Free toolkit on forced migration
Doc Academy and Comic Relief have collaborated to create a toolkit for educational purposes on the complex issue of forced migration. The resources are aimed at school children and aim to enhance their understanding of the issues whilst developing their critical thinking and empathy. The resource pack is available here.

Stop NHS charges for migrants

Changes in the Immigration Act 2014 mean that overseas visitors can be charged to access some NHS services. The term 'visitor' can include people who have been in this country for years. This treatment is yet another example of how the hostile environment makes it harder for anyone wishing to settle in the UK. A new petition has been launched to prevent this from happening - you can take the pledge here.

New Post Placement Support Project by Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)  

CFAB’s Post Placement Support Project will provide tailored support to children who are arriving in the UK under Dublin III or via other routes to live with extended family members. The project will provide early help support to young people and the family members who are caring for them, for up to 12 months. The project aims to support families through: 

  •  Support based on the needs of the child or young person, including the development of an individual support plan
  •  Increasing awareness and access to relevant local services 
  •  Advice & signposting regarding financial support and other entitlements in the UK 
  •  Support in navigating emotional and practical issues arising from changing family dynamics, including supporting carers with parenting skills, respite care, peer support groups and family group conferencing. 

Referrals must be made by organisations supporting families and with the consent of the individual. To request a referral form, email or or phone 020 3780 7225.

Not Seen, Not Heard: Children’s Experiences of the Hostile Environment
Project 17 have launched their Seen and Heard campaign, calling on local authorities to meet all children’s essential needs, regardless of immigration status. They have published a new report, Not Seen, Not Heard: Children’s Experiences of the Hostile Environment, which notes that “the government’s commitment to creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants trumps its commitment to children’s rights, rendering the children in destitute migrant families ‘second class citizens’.” It finds that Home Office policy has pushed the burden of supporting children onto local authorities, who already face the pressures of austerity and budget cuts. The report found that many children are living in poor conditions, without enough space or privacy and often far away from their schools, friends and support networks.
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 last month (March 2019) 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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