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Our award sponsors for the Nation of Sanctuary Awards …
2nd February 2023 |

Our award sponsors for the Nation of Sanctuary Awards …

We are delighted to announce that our Headline Sponsor for the Sanctuary Awards 2023, is PwC. We have also received funding from Welsh Government, National Lottery and Cardiff Council to enable this event to happen. Our Award Sponsors are as follows … English Learner Award – Open University Wales Welsh Language Learner Award – Coleg …

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Nation of Sanctuary Awards, 2023. Nominations OPEN!
10th January 2023 |

Nation of Sanctuary Awards, 2023. Nominations OPEN!

After a very successful inaugural Nation of Sanctuary Awards in 2019, they are returning on Wednesday 29th March 2023 at Cardiff City Hall. The Nation of Sanctuary Awards are a celebration of the contributions of sanctuary seekers in the arts, languages, business, and volunteers from all across Wales. This year we will be hosting the …

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Our Christmas Opening Hours
22nd December 2022 |

Our Christmas Opening Hours

  Our Staff will be enjoying a well-deserved break throughout the Christmas Period and our offices will be closed for the Christmas period on:  Friday 23 December  Monday 26 December   Tuesday 27 December   Friday 30 December   Monday 2 January  We’re open in-between Christmas and New Year:  Wednesday 28 December  Thursday 29 December …

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Brynteg School Welcomes Refugees!
15th December 2022 |

Brynteg School Welcomes Refugees!

On Friday 2nd December we spoke to Year 7 Students from Brynteg School on a special refugee day as part of the new curriculum.   Students from Brynteg heard from refugees from Ukraine, learnt about the journey refugees take, as well as about the work we do at the Welsh Refugee Council.  After the talk …

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Rishi Sunak Speech Response – 14/12/2022
14th December 2022 |

Rishi Sunak Speech Response – 14/12/2022

On the 13th of December the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, outlined his latest changes to the UK Asylum system, the following is our response.    Safe and legal routes   There are very few safe and legal routes for asylum seekers to enter the UK. The lack of safe routes has led to hundreds of …

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Blog post: Manston Migrant Centre
8th November 2022 |

Blog post: Manston Migrant Centre

Let’s start this conversation with a fact, a fact which is often buried below political rhetoric and dangerous narratives when we discuss migration in the UK, when we are discussing this topic, we are discussing human lives. Lives which have often been uprooted due to unprecedented circumstances. When we hear about the terrible conditions people …

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A photograph of Chris Tarrant and Vladyslava Zhmuro at a portrait unveiling at Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock.
28th October 2022 |

Welsh Refugee Council’s Vladyslava Zhmuro honoured in Liverpool

On 26 October our very own Vladyslava Zhmuro was honoured with a spectacular projection of her portrait at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, unveiled by broadcaster and TV personality, Chris Tarrant, OBE.   To celebrate the work of amazing individuals tackling the refugee crisis, the National Lottery have unveiled a showstopping projection of a portrait of …

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A photograph of First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford at an event promoting employment for refugees.
28th October 2022 |

Mark Drakeford Calls for Work That Works for Everyone

  “Every Single Person that comes to Wales brings things that enriches our community.” Mark Drakeford On Wednesday 12th October Mark Drakeford opened an event promoting sustainable employment through partnership between businesses and refugees. The “Work that Works for Everyone” event was hosted by Cardiff Business School, with support from the Welsh Refugee Council and …

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Lord Mayor and Lord Mayoress visit our Safe Play Spaces Project
21st October 2022 |

Lord Mayor and Lord Mayoress visit our Safe Play Spaces Project

  On Tuesday 18 October, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councilor Graham Hinchey, and the Lady Mayoress, Anne Hinchey to our Cardiff Office. They joined us to come see our work supporting refugee children and their families through the Safe Play Spaces sessions. After meeting with …

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A photograph of Harry Iles and supporter s after he completed the Three Peaks challenge to raise funds for asylum seekers.
17th October 2022 |

Chair of Trustees Completes Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser

Last Tuesday 11 October, Harry Iles completed the South Wales Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three mountains of Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid in the Black Mountains. He raised over £1900 for English lessons for asylum seekers. His epic fundraising challenge took over 11 hours. He walked 22-miles and climbed over 5,000ft. Harry, Chair of …

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