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Your Monthly Update - August 2019 🌈

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to your update of events, activities and campaigns happening in Brighton and Hove for the month of August. The month kicks off with Brighton Pride. While showing solidarity with all LGBTQ+ people, we will be thinking of the particular difficulties faced by LGBTQ refugees and asylum-seekers in the city. Some have had to flee persecution based on their sexual orientation in their home countries and come to Brighton because they knew they will be safe here. Later in the month, Thousand 4 £1000 are putting on their summer Ceilidh (folk music, singing and dancing) which is always a lot of fun. Throughout August, our friends over at the Global Social Club are putting on an exciting programme of activities for young people during the summer holiday.

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Local Updates 
Support Luqman in Court 
Luqman is an active member of the local community in Brighton and Hove and has been involved with Thousand4£1000 and Refugee Week among other things. He is going to court on Friday 23rd August again to argue for his right to stay in the UK. After 8 years of fighting, a judge will be reviewing his case. It would be great to get as many people to come with to London to show their support. As Luqman explained earlier this year: 'I hope we are able to repeat this strategy again, because it really worked when we went to court.' Please support the crowdfunder which has very nearly reached its £850 target to cover legal and travel costs on the day. Sign up here if you would like to go to London on the 23rd.
Migrant and Asylum Seeker Solidarity in Action (MASS Action) seeking trustees
MASS is a recently established charity based in the UK, raising funds and generating support for various grassroots projects working with migrants and asylum seekers who have settled in Greece. They are currently undergoing a process to recruit new trustees and are looking to find people who believe in their mission and values and will ensure that the charity continues to follows them. Read more about the organisation and the various trustee roles available here.
MESH - the Migrant ESOL Support Hub
MESH was set up recently in partnership between Voices in Exile, the Trust for Developing Communities and the Friends Centre to support migrants aged 16 and over in the Brighton & Hove. The service is designed to be a first point of contact for anyone needing help, and can signpost to other services across the area. You can refer yourself by contacting one of the two caseworkers, refer someone else or get more information:

Cicely Lloyd on 07367 360 134 or

Rosa Jones on 07907 409267 or

Help repair the Cowley Club 
As many of you will know, the Cowley Club is a local community hub and social space in Brighton with lots going on to support various groups including refugees and asylum-seekers in the city. The Club is home to the Jollof Café and Migrant English Project. However, this social hub is under threat as the 100-year-old building is structurally damaged and at risk of becoming unsafe. There has been a huge crowdfunding effort from the Cowley, and they have raised an incredible £10,400 for the repairs. The fundraiser is here if you would like to contribute anything or buy any of their merchandise which will go toward the fund.
Coming up in Brighton and Hove
Brighton Pride, August 3

Brighton's annual pride celebration and parade is coming up on 3 August. Whilst this is a time to celebrate and show solidarity, there is still lots to protest. LGBTQ asylum-seekers in this country often find particular barriers are up against them, and their experience is one of additional challenges whilst navigating an already unjust and discriminatory process. Providing evidence that their country of origin has persecuted themselves or other individuals on the basis of sexuality or gender identity is usually required, and proof of ‘serious harm’ must be presented. But evidencing serious harm is tricky as often that harm is emotional and psychological. Applicants will have the additional fear of persecution if forcibly returned to that country. SOGICA, a research project based at the University of Sussex, has been gathering evidence of the difficulties faced by LGBT claimants across European countries. Do remember when attending Pride celebrations not to lose sight of why they exist, and the need to protest unfair systems in place.
Hummingbird young women's summer activities, August

Our friends at the Hummingbird project who support young refugees in the city have launched a new programme of activities for the summer months aimed at young women and girls. Sessions take place on Tuesdays at 1–3pm throughout August (6th, 13th, 20th). Come along to make friends, relax and have fun, share food and get specialist support if needed. For more information contact Amber Daly at

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 - 
Global Social Club summer activities, August 

The Global Social Club, an inclusive youth club run in partnership between the Hummingbird Project, the YPC (Young Peoples Centre), Refugee Council and Pathways to Independence have an exciting programme of summer activities coming up throughout August, including skateboarding, cooking lessons, horse-riding and a sightseeing trip to London. All activities are free and open to all young people in the city aged 14 - 25. Full details are on their Facebook page
T4K Ceilidh 2019, 17 August 

Come along to Thousand 4 £1000's summer 2019 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 very affordable prices. Tickets are available here –  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
An exhibition currently displayed at the museum brings together 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. 
Regular events
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
Following a successful pilot, Real Junk Food have made their weekly café a regular occasion. Hosted 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
University of Sussex offering two scholarship places for 2020 
The University of Sussex in Brighton has announced that it will be offering to fully fund two university places for asylum-seeker students looking to begin their studies in 2020. More details can be found here. For enquiries, please email
First University of Sanctuary conference, 4 Sept 2019 
The first ever University of Sanctuary conference will be held at York St John University on 4th September 2019. Academics, professional staff, students, sanctuary scholars and others will come together to discuss how Higher Education institutions could do more to establish a culture of welcome for those arriving in the UK. There are 10 Universities of Sanctuary at present, with lots more across the country in the process of applying. Dr Jude Townend from the University of Sussex and Lette from Sussex Student Action for Refugees will be attending. Register to attend the conference here. For enquiries
Immigration after May - new British Future report 
A new report has been published on the direction that the new Prime Minister of the UK should take on migration. The report evaluates Theresa May’s legacy regarding immigration issues during her time as PM and as Home Secretary. It argues that her legacy is one of failure, with the Home Office causing unnecessary harm to asylum-seekers. The report stresses the importance of making immigration work at a local level, managing local pressures by extending the Controlling Migration Fund after 2020. Read it in full here.
New Home Office guidance for asylum-seeker victims of domestic abuse

The Home Office has recently published new guidance on the response to asylum-seekers who are victims of domestic abuse and need protected accommodation. Asylum-seeking women and children can be especially vulnerable and encounter greater difficulty trying to access safe accommodation when escaping a dangerous domestic situation. Significantly, the Home Office has committed to funding refuge spaces for women in this situation. Read more here.
New business start-up training for refugees in the UK
In July, the government announced plans for a pilot scheme to encourage refugee entrepreneurs across the UK. The one-year pilot jointly funded by the Home Office and The National Lottery Community Fund will find established local business support organisations to help take refugees from idea stage to business launch. If successful, the scheme may be rolled out more widely. Read more 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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