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
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