What's it about?
The Diocese of Manchester, in partnership with Greater Together Manchester, are hosting a conference to help equip individuals and communities to respond practically to needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and to explore how our churches and communities might better welcome people who have been displaced and are seeking refuge.
The conference aims to:
Equip individuals, churches, and communities to respond practically to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.
Update and inform individuals on the “refugee crisis” and the government’s (local and national) response to this.
Introduce and explore the complexities of the UK asylum system
This event is open to all. The cost of attending the conference is £10 per person. This fee helps us to cover the cost of providing lunch. A limited number of bursary tickets are available for those who would like to attend but will struggle to pay the fee. If you wish to apply for one of these tickets please call Greater Together Manchester on 0161 828 1409.
You will be able to attend three workshops throughtout the day, as well as having a chance to meet representatives from a range organisations who work with asylum seekers and refugees.
The workshops on offer are:
People Welcoming People: becoming a welcoming church
This workshop will look at how churches can become welcoming places for refugees and asylum seekers both during church services and through community outreach activities.
Legal Matters: understanding the law on asylum
This workshop will explore the law around claiming asylum and look at how you might support individual asylum seekers in your community
Accommodating unaccompanied minors
This workshop aims to give you an understanding about the specifics relating to fostering unaccompanied minors.
Understanding Community Sponsorship
This workshop aims to give you an understanding of the UK’s first ever community sponsorship scheme which makes it possible for churches and community groups to resettle and host refugee families in their community.
Models of Welcoming Newcomers
This workshop will include an introduction to a number of “welcoming” projects and how they can help Asylum Seekers and Refugees to navigate their new surroundings and find a place of belonging in their new community.
What is Trauma? Looking at mental health and the asylum process
This workshop will explore the issues of mental health and how you can support someone dealing with the trauma of being a refugee.
Hosting the Destitute
a workshop on how churches and other community organisations can get involved with hosting the destitute and the challenges that this brings.
Supporting Christian converts with their asylum case
A workshop from the lay perspective about the challenges facing Christian converts and how you and your church might best support people as Christianity becomes an integral part of their Asylum story.
Campaigning for Change
This workshop will explore the political landscape surrounding asylum and what you can do to help speak up for refugees and asylum seekers.
28 Days: supporting the transition from Asylum Seeker to Refugee
This workshop aims to explore the difficulties faced by individuals and families in the period between being granted refugee status and moving out of Asylum Seeker accommodation.
This workshop will tackle the complexities of Islam and challenge stereotypes. The workshop also explore how churches can support Asylum Seekers and Refugees of other faiths and cultures.
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