Tuesday 14th June: Walsall a 'Borough of Sanctuary'. A meeting for all those interested in making Walsall a Borough of Sanctuary within the Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees. From 6:30 for 7p.m. in Committee Room 2, Walsall Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall. If you can't attend, please express your interest to Councillor Doug James Cllr.Doug.James@walsall.gov.uk
Tuesday 14th June: CAFOD annual Away Day at Manresa House, 10 Albert Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 0AN. From 10.30am tea and coffee for 11am start, until 3.30pm. An opportunity to meet volunteers and staff and take part in CAFOD’s Year of Mercy Refugee Pilgrimage (this will be outside and will involve slow walking, so please dress suitably). All are welcome; shared lunch, please bring food to share. Numbers are limited so please do let us know if you will be attending: email@example.com or tel 01922722944.
Friday 17th June to Sunday 19th June: Brightlights Youth Festival. Open to anyone between the ages of 16 - 25 years in Alton, home to the Kenelm Youth Trust and its two residential retreat centres Alton Castle and newly-renovated Soli. Sandra Satchell of Kenelm Youth Trust said: "We invite friends and family, youth leaders, teachers up to thirtyish, young adults, group leaders, those who are planning to go to World Youth Day in Poland as well as those who would like to have been going but can't for one reason or another, to come along to Brightlights and experience a taste of WYD at home. The festival is particularly welcoming for young people no longer practising and who would benefit from time away in a safe, fun and youthful setting. Brightlights will be an exciting and wonderful weekend to celebrate faith in a festival atmosphere and to have a weekend in a spectacular and beautiful place to relax, hear great speakers, and experience His presence afresh, with lots of bite sized workshops and amazing theatre to watch."
Anyone in financial hardship and needing a bursary is invited to contact Karen Goodley on 01538703224. The organisers are still open to musicians and others who want to get involved and there is also a dedicated Brightlights phone number for assistance with any queries is 0300 075 0115.
Given the gift that Pope Francis has bestowed on us with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, it's natural for the theme of the weekend to be Mercy. Input from speakers, workshops and activities will allow festival goers the opportunity to learn more and delve deeper into the topic. For more information see: http://www.kenelmyouthtrust.org.uk/
Monday 27th June: “Stories from Peru” - an opportunity to hear from Alice Bowers, CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer, about her recent trip to visit CAFOD projects and communities in Peru, with an update on CAFOD’s climate change campaign. From 7 pm to 8.30pm in The Margaret Roper Room, St Thomas More RC Church, 112 Knoll drive, Coventry CV3 5DE. All welcome, refreshments provided. For more details Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01922 722944.
Saturday 2nd July: Focus on volunteer-led groups workshop – organised by Caritas Archdiocese of Birmingham in St Thomas More RC Church, 130 Horse Shoes Lane,
Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3HU. From 10am until 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 email@example.com 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
Administrator, on behalf of the Birmingham Justice and Peace Commission
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