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Wales & West as Headline Sponsor for #NoSA2024
3rd May 2024 |

Wales & West as Headline Sponsor for #NoSA2024

Today marks just 45 days to #NoSA2024 and we are delighted to announce that Wales and West Housing is this year’s headline sponsor for the Nation of Sanctuary Awards. The awards, which celebrate refugees & asylum seekers from across Wales, will be held at Cornerstone Church Cardiff on Monday 17th June. These awards simply would …

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Latest Advice & Information on Rwanda Act
30th April 2024 |

Latest Advice & Information on Rwanda Act

Many of you have seen stories in the media about the Home Office’s intention to detain people subject to removal under the recently passed Rwanda Act. This news will no doubt cause worry for our clients, their communities, and the WRC volunteers who help support them. Like other organisations supporting sanctuary seekers in Wales and …

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Safety of Rwanda Bill is ‘Shameful’ says WRC CEO Andrea Cleaver
23rd April 2024 |

Safety of Rwanda Bill is ‘Shameful’ says WRC CEO Andrea Cleaver

We all agree that the UK needs an efficient, functioning asylum system that does not waste taxpayers’ money. The current system is already ineffective, dysfunctional, and expensive, a situation that will become much worse under the Safety of Rwanda Bill. We are immensely dismayed by last night’s vote on this shameful piece of legislation and …

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What is the Welsh Refugee Coalition?
3rd April 2024 |

What is the Welsh Refugee Coalition?

by Lily Scaplehorn The Welsh Refugee Coalition, established in 2015, is made up of 54 charities and organisations who work together to pool their collective resources and speak with one unified voice on policies and practices impacting asylum seekers and refugees in Wales. The Coalition meets on a three-monthly basis to discuss the issues they …

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PwC Employability Workshops
28th March 2024 |

PwC Employability Workshops

Welsh Refugee Council’s Education & Employability Team and PwC have teamed up to provide a new series of employability workshops. These workshops are designed to increase your employability and gain fascinating insights into how business professionals approach the task of finding a better job. These workshops are of particular interest to business professionals in Administration, …

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Update on The Welcome Ticket
18th March 2024 |

Update on The Welcome Ticket

On 7 March, Wales’ Social Justice Minister, Jane Hutt MS, announced the end of the Welcome Ticket scheme on 31 March 2024. Her full statement can be accessed here. The Welsh Government set up the Welcome Ticket scheme in March 2022. The scheme has provided free transport to all refugees living in Wales, including Ukrainians, …

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Support for Refugee Women in Wales
8th March 2024 |

Support for Refugee Women in Wales

by Jessica Lloyd   The Birth Partner Project The Birth Partner Project provides volunteer birth partners who work in small teams to offer support and friendship to asylum seeking and refugee women in the latter stages of pregnancy, throughout labour and birth, and the first eight weeks postnatally. Each volunteer will make sure they meet …

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Latest Home Office Decision Misery
21st February 2024 |

Latest Home Office Decision Misery

by Gareth Lynn Montes When he moved into 10 Downing Street, Rishi Sunak pledged to cut the asylum backlog. This is one of the few areas of asylum policy on which we agree with the Prime Minister, although we approach the issue from a different angle. Prompter, streamlined decision-making will remove the waiting and uncertainty, …

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Need help finding a Job? Join our Employability Workshops
14th February 2024 |

Need help finding a Job? Join our Employability Workshops

Need help finding a Job? Join our Employability Workshops today. From builders to doctors to engineers and everything in between, sanctuary-seekers have a lot of much-needed skills to contribute to Wales. Our education & employment workshops help sanctuary-seekers navigate the world of work and achieve their ambitions. In these workshops you will receive advice about …

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Nominations Open for 2024 Nation of Sanctuary Awards
7th February 2024 |

Nominations Open for 2024 Nation of Sanctuary Awards

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Do you know an amazing individual or group who deserves a Nation of Sanctuary award? Nominate them here! DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2024 (23:59) The Nation of Sanctuary Awards are returning to Cardiff on Monday 17th of June, 2024 at Cornerstone Church Cardiff. These prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of sanctuary seekers and …

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