Conversation Class Trip

Organisations in Liverpool seeking to provide sanctuary are always looking for volunteers and donations. It is up to you to get involved. If you think you can help, you probably can. Please look at the groups below to see some of the ways you can do so.

If you’re still unsure, or would like more information, give us an email, and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Email us at [email protected] or [email protected]

What Your Local Organisations and Community Groups are doing… Get Involved!

Merseyside Refugee Support Network (MRSN) Runs communication and information exchange for all groups and partners working with and for refugees and all asylum seekers. We also provide, English and interpreting classes, employment and training support, as well as benefits and housing advocacy.
Tel: 0151 707 0566
Email: [email protected]
http://www.merseysidenetworkforchange.org/projects/mrsn.html

Asylum Link (ALM) provides a safe space for asylum seekers and refugees to meet and find out about their new community. A wide range of services are available including advice, food, clothes shop, English classes and bike repair.
Tel: 0151 709 1713
www.asylumlink.org.uk

If you would like to donate clothes or food, or volunteer, please ring or email the centre.

Refugee Action Provides advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. It also offers a variety of volunteering opportunities from its base on Mount Pleasant.
Tel: 0151 214 3020
www.refugee-action.org.uk

SOLA Arts Creative and social projects predominantly with refugees and black and ethnic minority communities. Using the arts to support personal and community development.
Tel: 0151 726 8440
www.solaarts.blogspot.com/ www.solaarts.org

Sahir House Support, information and training centre offering a wide range of services to individuals and families living with or affected by HIV.
Tel: 0151 237 3989
www.sahir.uk.com

Family Refugee Support Project Support and therapy through horticulture for refugee and asylum seeking families who are struggling with mental health issues as a result of traumatic experiences.
0151 728 9340
www.familyrefugeesupportproject.org.uk

STAR (Student Action for Refugees) A national network of student groups campaigning, volunteering with, and raising awareness for refugees in the UK. Projects in Liverpool include a weekly conversation class and women’s group, and a monthly Circle of Silence in Liverpool city centre. If you’re a student at any university please email and find out how you can be involved.
www.star-network.org
[email protected]

MRANG (Merseyside Refugee and Asylum-Seekers Pre and Post-Natal Support Group) Full range of services for pre and post natal asylum seeking and refugee women, providing confidential support and care, with experience of working with women who are victims of trauma and rape in their home countries.

full range of services for pre and post natal asylum seeking and refugee women, supporting them in a caring and confidential environment.

How you and your community can welcome people seeking sanctuary…

  • Positively support your colleagues, friends or staff to understand the real reasons why people seek sanctuary and the problems refugees face. This is in contrast to the inaccurate and negative media that exists about refugees.
  • Donate pre-loved clothes, furniture, pots and pans and other useful items (via Asylum Link, STAR and Healthy Inclusion’s Women’s Group).
  • Offer your skills and volunteer with one of the local asylum or refugee support charities. (any charities listed)
  • Become a mentor and help folk move back into their professional roles.
  • Join a conversational English class (STAR).
  • Smile more often – It uses less muscles, helps you and others feel happy and welcome.
  • Fundraise for or donate to an asylum or refugee charity.
  • Publicise City of Sanctuary, Refugee Week and other refugee events within your community.