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For over 25 years we have been speaking out on behalf of those who are fleeing persecution, conflict and oppression; providing advice and practical support to asylum seekers and refugees seeking sanctuary in Wales.  We empower asylum seekers and refugees to build new futures in Wales and help create a society where respect and equality for all are paramount.

Volunteering and Partnership Officer Wanted

The Welsh Refugee Council is recruiting for a Volunteering and Partnership Officer to support our growing complement of volunteers and the Asylum Rights Programme of work.

Details of the role:

Job Title:             Volunteering & Partnerships Officer

Reporting to:     Executive Director of Resources

Scale & Salary:  £20,400 + 5% pension (pro rata)

Term:                  Job ending March 2022

Hours:                21 hours per week

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Response: Home Office's 2018 review of the asylum support rates

Please read our response to the Home Office's review of asylum support rates for 2018.  Some of our recommendations include:

Response to Nation of Sanctuary Asylum Seeker & Refugee Delivery Plan

The Welsh Refugee Coouncil welcome the opportunity to share the views of individuals and families with lived experience of the UK asylum process on Welsh Government’s Nation of Sanctuary Asylum Seeker and Refugee Plan.

Please read our response which was collected from 37 individuals across Wales and through our recent research into people’s experience of destitution and workshops on hate crime, as part of the Asylum Rights Programme.

 

Refugee Week Wales 2018

Refugee Week takes place each year across in the thrid week of June and this year the week runs from 18

Response to the 2018 Domestic Abuse Bill Consultation

Read the Welsh Refugee Council's response to the Home Office and Ministry of Justice’s Domestic Abuse Bill Consultation (May 2018).
 

Evidence into Asylum Accommodation in Wales

Many of the issues identified in the 2017 Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Asylum Accommodation remain unchanged.

Please read our response to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration's call for evidence into Asylum Accommodation.  Some of our key recommendations were:

Response to Nation of Sanctuary Asylum Seeker & Refugee Delivery Plan

The Welsh Government's Nation of Sanctuary Asylum Seeker & Refugee Delivery Plan is out for consultations until Monday, June 25th, 2018.

Read the Welsh Refugee Coalition’s response to the consultations, outling it's findings and recommendations to the Welsh Government to develop and improve access to help, advice and support services for the asylum seekers and refugees in Wales.

 

How Family Reunion Policy Affects People in Wales

Current family reunion rules place huge barriers on which family members of refugees settled in the UK are allowed to r

How Family Reunion Policy Affects People in Wales

Current family reunion rules place huge barriers on which family members of refugees settled in the UK are allowed to reunite within the UK. For many families who have already experienced untold horrors, this enforced separation is heartbreaking and significantly adds to suffering. On Friday 16th March 2018,  MPs will vote on the Family Reunion Bill that would make vital changes needed to allow more refugee families, torn apart by war and persecution, to be reunited in safety in the UK.

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Welcome to the Welsh Refugee Council's Strategic Plan for 2018 -2020.

The plan sets out our vision and mission and how we will be supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Wales for the three-year term. 

Download a copy below.

 

 

We Have Moved

Newport's New Office 

From April 16th, 2018, the new address for the Welsh Refugee Council's Swansea Office is 

66 Lower Dock Street, Newport, NP20 1EF

Telephone: 01633 266420

 Please be guided accordingly.

 

Swansea's New Office 

The new address for the Welsh Refugee Council's Swansea Office is:

Rooms 30 & 31,  SWANSEA YMCA, 1 KINGSWAY, SWANSEA, SA1 5JQ

Telephone: 01792 630181   

 

 

 

 

Higher Education and Voluntary Sector Collaboration For ESOL Provision

Read the Welsh Refugee Council's insert, Higher Education and Voluntary Sector collaboration for ESOL Provision on page 32.

The essay provides insights into the way educational organisations are uniquely placed to enact a crucial role in the cultural and linguistic integration of forced migrants in the United Kingdom. “If you could do one thing…” is a series of essays about local actions to promote social integration developed by the British Academy for humanities and social science that examines successful integration projects in the UK.

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

During the festive season for 2018, the Welsh Refugee Council's opening times will be limited.  Please find our opening times for Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.

Monday 24th December, 2018 - CLOSED

 

Tuesday 25th December, 2018 - BANK HOLIDAY CLOSED

 

Hate Crime - Learn How to Report it!

Learn about Hate Crime and What you can Do about it 

The Hate Crime Awareness Programme is a Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Funded project to help raise awareness about hate crimes and incidents with asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in the Gwent area.

Asylum Rights Programme - ARP

Find the Right Service For You

Services in Cardiff for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Are you new to Cardiff? Would you like to know where you can find the services you need to help you navigate your journey in Wales?  Then download a copy of the service directory with information on where to go to do your biometric enrollment or where to get access to public services.

 

 

An Award for our ESOL Classes

Welsh Refugee Council Inspire Award for Community Project of the Year

The Welsh Refugee Council's is the proud recipient of the Inspire Award for Community Project of the Year 2016.

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