Asylum seekers and the right to work An amendment to the Immigration Bill is currently going through Parliament. CSAN is supporting Lord Alton of Liverpool’s amendment which would grant asylum seekers, who have not had their claim for asylum processed within six months, the right to work. CSAN is keen to ensure this amendment is upheld in the House of Commons and is asking us to write to our MPs urging them to support the amendment ahead of the Bill’s return to the House of Commons (expected towards the end of March - beginning of April) asking them to support the amendment.
A letter from Patrick Kinsella, Public Affairs Officer of CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is attached which gives you full details, together with a suggested pro-forma letter for your use in writing to your Member of Parliament.
Saturday 23rd April: Workshop Focus on volunteer-led groups
At St John’s Community Centre, The Dupuis Centre, Dashwood Road, Banbury OX16 5HD
From 10.30am to 1pm. Five volunteer-led groups working in differing areas of need and providing different services will share their experience and expertise with those wishing to know more.
You will have the opportunity to spend 20 minutes with a representative from each group, learning at close hand about what the group does; how it recruits, involves and supports volunteers; what activities or services it provides; and what the challenges and joys are. There will be ample time to ask questions and focus on the issues that most interest you.
Confirmed for the day are:
· Solihull Welcome, providing refreshment, rest and friendship to asylum seekers;
· Tamworth Bereavement Help Point, giving emotional and practical support;
· St Mary’s Dementia Group, Harborne, helping dementia sufferers and carers;
· The Kingshurst Tuesday Club, supporting older people.
To book your place: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bev Smith on 01675 434005
or write to Caritas Secretariat, c/o Father Hudson’s Care, St George’s House, Gerards Way,
Coleshill, Birmingham B46 3FG.
With best wishes to you as always; previous mini-newsletters can be viewed at www.birminghamjandp.org.uk/mini-newsletters
Dear friends, four items for your information and action as appropriate:
Monday 14th March: "How do we make our voices heard?" Fr Martin Newell will be on a Panel Discussion at Warwick University from 6pm to 8pm. as part of Warwick University's "Protest and Performance" week. For more information see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/research/centres/chrp/protest/performance/14marchAAlso, there is a link on the page to his interview with the online magazine Lacuna: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/research/centres/chrp/protest/performance/14march
Thursday 7th April: An evening of Stories from the Sudan organised by CAFOD Birmingham, Rt Rev William Kenney will speak on his experience in the Sudan. From 7 to 8.30pm in the Margaret Roper Room, St Thomas More RC Church, 112 Knoll Drive, Coventry CV3 5DE. All are very welcome, please do join us. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact Lizzie Wignall at CAFOD Birmingham by Email: email@example.com or phone 01922 722944.
Friday 15th April: Garth Hewitt in Concert
At 7:30pm in Springdale Methodist Church, Warstones Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 4LE. Founder and former director of the human rights charity the Amos Trust, Anglican priest and singer-songwriter, Garth Hewitt released his first album "The Lion and the Lamb" in 1973, and his latest "Something for the Soul" in August 2014. Garth has travelled widely to areas of poverty, conflict, deprivation and disaster, prioritizing friendships with local people and bringing them encouragement, always returning home with personal stories bringing to life media headlines. Under his direction the Amos Trust has developed strong links with projects in Nicaragua, South Africa and the Holy Land. In his books and music Garth challenges us to do justice and his concert entitled "Strange Weapons" will give us the inspiration to do so, I’m sure. Tickets: £7.50, Under 16's £5 available from 01902 330614, 01902 895585 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and poster or A5 flyers to distribute, please contact Brenda Shuttleworth on 01902 330002 or Email email@example.com
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July: “Justice, Power and Responsibility: How Can Democracy Work for the Common Good?”
NJPN 38th Annual Conference organised in partnership with the NJPN Environment Group Ekklesia. With programmes for children and young people. At the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. Two Booking Forms available in Documents tab above:
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