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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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A photograph of people attending a World Mental Health and Black History Month event.
11th October 2022 |

World Mental Health Day event

On Monday 10 October, we, BAME Mental Health Support and the Congolese Development Project hosted an evening of celebration for World Mental Health Day. With over one hundred attendees of 15 different nationalities, the event made it loud and clear mental health belongs to everyone.   Speaking at the event Alfred Oyekoya, Director of BAME …

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A graphic that reads World Mental Health Day.
10th October 2022 |

Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental health in refugees and people seeking asylum There are currently 89.3 MILLION forcibly displaced people worldwide, 27.1 million are refugees and 4.6 million are asylum seekers. People who have had to flee their homes may have faced traumatic events before and during their journeys. Those that have, experience severe mental health problems such as …

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What is the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on sanctuary seekers?
21st September 2022 |

What is the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on sanctuary seekers?

Could you live off only £40.85 a week? As the cost of everyday essentials has skyrocketed the financial support received by people seeking sanctuary has stayed the same. People seeking sanctuary are forced to live off only £40.85 a week. This is meant to cover all essential living needs including all food and drink, clothing, …

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Funeral of Her Majesty the Queen
16th September 2022 |

Funeral of Her Majesty the Queen

  After 70-Years of public service, today is the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen. Queen Elizabeth was a patron of many worthy causes, and we thank her for her tireless dedication to the British public. On behalf of the Welsh Refugee Council, we thank Her Majesty the Queen for a lifetime of Public Service …

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Welsh Refugee Council achieved the Trusted Charity Mark
4th August 2022 |

Welsh Refugee Council achieved the Trusted Charity Mark

Welsh Refugee Council achieved the Trusted Charity Mark We are over the moon to achieve this accreditation! What is it? Trusted Charity is a nationally recognised quality standard designed to help charities operate more effectively and efficiently. Why is this important? Achieving this award shows our stakeholders and supporters that the Welsh Refugee Council has …

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